From the gym to online

By Excel V. Dyquiangco

The COVID-19 has brought drastic changes to many industries. In particular is the fitness industry where coaches and trainers have started to provide workout sessions straight from the comfort of their own homes – and through different online platforms.

Here are a few of these coaches who have successfully transitioned from being full time in the gym to offering online services and in the process, creating their own brands.

The Givars Effect

Before COVID 19 happened, CEO and Founder Joseph Guevara was working as a sports scientist in a wellness institute and on other days, offered personal coaching to clients who would prefer to train one-on-one. He has been already planning to transition online because of the limitless potential that digital platforms can offer.

“We transitioned online because of the limitless potential that digital platforms can offer,” says Joseph. “With its rapid exponential growth, we aim to increase our reach to people who need help in achieving their own health goals. Thus, paving way for our online business The Givars Effect — an online fitness course committed in sharing science-backed workout routines and nutrition protocols to help clients get their personal transformation.”
Its principle in health and fitness is always focused on the long game. “We believe that our specialty is that we cater to our client’s specific health and fitness needs,” says Jean. “We’re proud to say that though we don’t meet our clients personally for training, they still get results and notable transformations.”
The Givars Effect has built a training system that provides personalized workout programs to clients who are fit, active, and even more friendly to those who are trying to workout for the first time. The startup company focuses on a more holistic approach in health and fitness.

Thus, when COVID-19 happened, the Givars Effect was launched last May 20 and went from having one client to more than a hundred already!. According to Joseph, it took one year to develop the overall brand; the website, the online course, the communication platform, the content, the workout videos, among others.

“Our programs are ECQ-friendly and don’t rely on gym equipment!,” Joseph says. “Instead of using weights, we teach our clients to use household items as improvised equipment! With this, we are able to transform people from different walks of life. People from different age groups, ethnicities, nationalities, social status, gender, have been achieving their fitness goals and we are able to guide them all throughout without even meeting them face-to-face!”


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Contact Number: 09452249151


Ayaflows started not having an official name for its online yoga classes. Its owner Aya Pascual says she usually held virtual yoga rooms with her friends and taught them whenever they preferred.

“One day, a brand heard about the virtual yoga sessions I’ve been conducting and hired me to teach for their brand’s FB Page via FB Live,” she says. “I was finally pushed to start my online yoga rooms officially, and take teaching jobs from groups who I haven’t met in person but are willing to learn and try yoga for the first time. So far, so good. I’ve made a good relationship with a few brands and private groups, teaching their virtual yoga classes weekly.” 

While on a community quarantine, Ayaflows has come up with the goal to share its yoga practice through this online platform called, “Zoomaste Sessions.” Ayaflows has three types of classes: Flow Slow (Beginners), Let Go (Intermediate), and Power (Advance.) 

“I’ve been really adjusting to this “virtual classroom” setup because it’s very different from the in-class experience of yoga,” says Aya. “It’s hard to see the student alignment and hear their breathing too. Also, I’ve tried different kinds of platforms but Zoom really is the most conducive to my teaching techniques. The biggest challenge so far is worrying about the ‘dark web’ hackers of Zoom to be honest. Conducting online yoga classes has its own fun, but at the back of my mind I still think about the hacking probability. Anyways, I’m just glad technology paved the way for me to be able to still share my yoga practice to everyone while we’re in this pandemic.”  

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Contact Number: +639178407357

Fee: 250php/head for donation-based classes and 2000-2500 per group class depending on how long’s the session 

Pretty Huge Obstacles 

Touted to be Asia’s largest indoor obstacle course facility, Pretty Huge Obstacles was forced to adapt quickly. “The obstacle course racing community are committed to their training and health regardless of being quarantined,” says Assistant General Manager Rio Taguibao. “With this in mind, we started our FB Live workouts to cater to them. After a while, we transitioned to online personal training, online private group sessions, and online paid classes to make the training more goal specific.”

Its fitness platform is different and unique since it is goal-specific. Its Personal Training and Private Group sessions start by setting a goal that is specific and measurable. Whether you aim to lose weight, join the next obstacle course race, or run a marathon, they design a program for you to achieve your fitness goals. These sessions begin with an assessment to give them a baseline of the client and is a key element to track progress.

“We also offer programs for the youth,” says Rio. “This is a good way to get the kids away from gadgets and teach them the value of health especially during this Covid-19 pandemic.”

At the moment, they plan to continue and strengthen its online platforms.

“But once the community quarantine is lifted and gyms and sports events can then go back to operations, we promise to continue helping individuals– men and women, youth and adults, able and disabled– create a healthier lifestyle through overcoming our obstacles, giving them quality services and providing pretty huge activities and events,” says Rio.


FB Page: Pretty Huge Obstacles

Contact Number: 0917-3031111

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