Pandemic Status And What It Means For Some Of Us

We are moving into month 4 of the Pandemic, and things are quickly changing. A couple of nights ago, I read that True Body Gym in Bethesda is closing its doors today, July 10, 2020. The True Body Gym is one of many businesses that cannot sustain during the Pandemic because of their high overhead and the loss of clients. As time goes on, we will see more gym closings. If you are on Facebook, you will see that every trainer seems to have an online presence through ZOOM or other online venues. This virus has hurt many people’s careers and caused some of us to take a serious look at the lives we have constructed for ourselves. It is crazy when you think about it. One day you wake up to do the same things you have been doing for years; the next day, it is over! How do we cope? For some, there is unemployment, but what happens when that runs out; then what? We in the service business are facing this million-dollar question? And as most of you know, this extends far beyond the service industry. Companies all over are laying off people left and right. If they are not laying staff members off, they reduce their income, take away bonuses, and leave them worried about their futures. All in all, the country is in a particularly bad situation. And the people in it are becoming desperate.

What is the answer? It seems we as individuals will have to get creative. What does that mean exactly? I think it means we have to find new ways to make a living and to cope. For instance, if you are collecting unemployment, use your time efficiently. Get things done that you have been talking about for a long time. Sell items in your house you no longer need (there are still many people with money). The money you make, save! Offer services that you may not have ever considered before. Now is a time for reflection for all of us. What do we do well, what can we offer while keeping ourselves safe from this virus? What kind of jobs are available? Who knows, we all could end up doing quite well, doing things that we never expected would be our niche!

At the moment, what I am proposing for myself; finding training clients who I can work with at their homes. It would not be challenging to maintain a 6-foot distance while training people at home with a mask. I recommend that everyone move; walk, run outside, bike ride, wall push-ups, sit-ups, and other such home-based workouts. It is easy to stop working out, especially if you are an avid gym-goer, and now you are faced with your own devices to stay in shape. By taking this on, it will help reduce any stress you may have and generally put you in a better mental and physical state. Some people need a trainer to spur them on (moral support). I am here for you for that reason plus to help you reach your goals despite what is happening around us.

If you need a training coach, please call me or email me at If you know of others who need a training coach, send them my way. I am currently looking for four new clients to train twice a week. I can come to you, and my rates are reasonable.

Please share ideas of things that we can all do to make good use of our time. I know it might seem like a waste of time to start a dialogue, but your ideas may make a difference in other people’s lives. Your ideas can be anything you want them to be; they do not need to be about fitness.

Stay Safe,

Mary Dolbashian
PTA Global CPT
Schwinn Certified CCI
Mad Dogg Athletics Star 3 CSI 
Equinox GFTI Certified
TRX Certified Team Training Level 2 Instructor
Precision Nutrition Certified Level 2 Pro Coach

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