CLEAREWATER, Fla. — As Florida continues to reopen, one career field is still trying to stay afloat. Some personal trainers are adjusting to the new normal.

What You Need To Know

  • Many gyms are practicing social distancing

  • Fitness trainers share what it has been like since the pandemic

For Lauren Weston, fitness is her passion.

“It’s just so great to help people reach their goals and see their excitement in their faces," she said.

So this Pennsylvania native has made Clearwater, and Crunch Fitness, her home.

But then COVID-19 struck.

“Everything closed down and it was just a shock,” she recalled.

And that shock turned into weeks of waiting, while working another job, just hoping to get her clients back.

“It’s like starting over, in hopes that it’s only temporary and that they can maintain at least some of their clientele,” said Taylor Smith.

Smith is the owner of SweatNET Tampa Bay and she partners with gyms and trainers to help advertise their business.

Since the pandemic, tons of personal trainers in in the Bay area are using online classes and subscriptions to help supplement their income.

Even with gyms are slowly opening back up, client lists are still sparse.

When you walk into Crunch Fitness, you must bring a gym towel and carry a sanitizing spray and stay 6 feet apart.

Trainers hope maintaining clean areas will help get things back to some semblance of normal.

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