This series is aimed to provide a Business Spotlight on local people and businesses in the East Contra Costa County community that are being impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) and their response to the virus.
In today’s business spotlight, Marcy Kendall of Contra Loma Fit Body Boot Camp in the City of Antioch, highlights how her business was forced to temporarily close its doors due to the shelter-in-place and being deemed a non-essential business. In response, she has had to move her business to virtual workouts and social media.
ECT will be interviewing 30-businesses in 30-days during April to provide both information and to promote local business.
What is Contra Loma Fit Body Boot Camp?
We specialize in 30 minute group personal training sessions that are fun high energy, burn twice the calories in half the time and are perfect for any fitness level. Whether you’re new to working out or you’re an experience fitness buff our professional trainers and coaches will help to modify every workout so that you’ll achieve your goals.
Why did you open your business?
I have always struggled with weight my whole life and I was tired of being tired, so I started walking during my lunch break and eventually signed up to run a half marathon. From there I learned how to fuel my body with the right kinds of foods and eventually lost 100lbs on my own. Since then I have done various types of training from boot camps to CrossFit and running.
A few years ago I was offered a coaching position at a Fit Body I was training at and I fell in love with Coaching. I bought into the franchise in 2017 and opened my doors in February 2018.
What do you love most about the service you provide?
I love that our facility is open to all fitness levels. We are able to modify and movement and we meet people where they’re at in their fitness journey. Along with physical conditioning, we also help people with nutrition. Our goal is to help people see health and fitness as a lifestyle and not a temporary thing that we do because we don’t like what we see in the mirror.
How has the coronavirus impacted your business?
We were mandated to close our doors on March 17th. This has been rough. We have lost about 10% of our membership and its sad because many of them either have lost their job or now on a single income and can’t afford it. I really feel for everybody in this situation.
Our facility is different because its as much social as it is workout. We specialize in small group trainings and that’s what people love about our facility. They have created relationships that go beyond our walls. While some members come to lose weight, build lean muscle, for the socialization, we have some members that come and workout because it helps them cope with depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. It’s these members who my heart breaks for.
How have you responded to coronavirus – how has your business changed?
We were able to turn to virtual training after the first week of being closed. We started doing live sessions on Facebook and have since moved to Zoom. We offer three training session Monday through Friday, 6:00 am, 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm and one on Saturday morning at 8:00 am.
Along with our training sessions we have added “Motivation Monday” where we post different motivational stuff to get people going and open dialog about what they’re going through. “Coffee with your Coaches” on Wednesday where we do a live Zoom session and we talk about everything besides the Coronavirus. “Happy Hour Friday” where we do a live Zoom and people get dressed up and sip on their favorite beverage of choice.
While I prefer more in person training, it looks like going forward, we will begin implementing some form of virtual coaching as part of our program and adjust it as time goes on.
Any special deals right now that the community can take advantage of?
Yes! We are offering our 28 Days of at Home Bootcamp for $28. While we normally focus on weight loss, fat burning and loss of inches, we have switched gears and we want to focus on keeping people active with our 30 minute high intensity trainings and making healthy food choices using our meal guide and food list during the shelter in place.
We all know that working out is not only good for your body, but it does wonderful things to your mind. Right now more then ever, we need a clear strong mind to help us get through this pandemic. For those of you who may need help to pay for the program, please reach out and we can work with you as we realize some people may need this for mental health just as much as they need some fitness.
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Disclosure: this series is being done at no cost to local business or individuals as an attempt to provide value to our community. If interested in potentially being included in this series, email [email protected]