Fitness instructor sees classes go from packed gyms to computer screens

One fitness instructor has seen his classes go from packed gyms to computer screens, and says he thinks the new Zoom culture is here to stay.

Jim and Sally Mostyn have been running fitness sessions online for more than 130 people each week
Jim and Sally Mostyn have been running fitness sessions online for more than 130 people each week

Jim Mostyn, who runs Gym Mostyn at Wrekin College Sports Hall with his wife Sally, has been welcoming more than 130 people to a host of online zoom fitness sessions every week.

It has meant being able to have more participants than under the socially distanced regulations when gyms were allowed to open before lockdown.

Mr Mostyn, 68, says that while he has his reservations, online fitness sessions will not be going away, with the convenience providing a vital way for many more people to take part.

He said: "I think there are a lot of people who find the Zoom sessions very convenient. They get home after work, don't have to go out, if they have the children at home they can get on with it without going out.

"I think with the fast world we live in it is the convenience of it."

Mr Mostyn, who set up the business 20 years ago after working in education, said that he had been surprised at the level of interest in online sessions, and suggested that the pandemic had made people more aware of the need to look after their fitness.

He said: "I think it is very good and it shows the number of people who want to take up physical activity.

"I think Covid has made people realise that health and fitness is quite important and the lives we lead did not actually do the health and fitness part justice."

Mr and Mrs Mostyn run a number of sessions each week, including circuit training, indoor rowing, and core stability work.

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