Moving your club online: Online Coaching for Running Groups
You’re not alone in wondering what will come of your community not that club sessions are not an option for fitness groups around the UK. Clubs of all disciplines are facing unprecedented times in the events industry. Gyms, personal trainers, and social media influencers have relied on their filming and video conferencing techniques to keep engaging with their customers, and there is no reason clubs can't too.
Running may be the simplest of sports, but designing and implementing proper training can be complex. Books and magazines offer a good knowledge base but come up short when tailoring plans to your individual needs—and they don’t offer the moral support and encouragement that a human does. Ideally, if club sessions were still an option this is where your runners can improve, develop and show their true colours under the monitoring of their coach. But while face to face interaction isn’t an option, online coaching is still an option.
Runners will still be craving interaction. You can branch out into more creative ways to interact with your whole club at once by doing a couple of things:
Sending out a weekly update to your team is also a good way to stay personal and engaged
with your members so that they are ready to come back rearing to go. Using eventrac you can send blasts to all your members or individual groups to share information and updates.
Where is the best place to stay in touch with your club members? In other words where do they go and what should you use to make them easily see your updates Your decision to invest on a specific channel will then depend on your resources. We’ve listed 3 channels below that don’t need much resources to be used.
You can use your eventrac platform to upload videos, share blogs and give email blasts. But in addition to this there are coaching software systems that you could explore to take your personalised coaching to a new level. TotalCoaching is an example of an online training system, but there are many others out there. Try out different ones before making your decision.
The fitness industry is constantly changing, which is why developing new skills and staying up to date should be an ongoing process. Regularly look for the latest exercise routines and techniques to provide your clients with a better service. This will also help them eliminate boredom, making it more likely they will stick with the program you have established for them.
Our advice : Don’t play solo. Follow leaders in your market. Subscribe to newsletters to learn about new trends.
Keep moving. Your first sessions might suck. But club members, especially those who have been with you for a while, will be patient and glad to see that you’re staying active and giving them something to engage with. They’ll feel valued that you’re still making an effort for them!
Don’t be afraid to experiment : just make sure to learn from your mistakes.
The team at eventrac are on hand to assist with all components of your event. From advice on promoting your event through low cost channels such as social media, to a guided tutorial on a specific feature of eventrac. We are here to help.