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Haverhill fitness instructors turn to technology to keep classes running




With the nation now in a lock down because of coronavirus a Haverhill fitness bootcamp has come up with a way of ensuring all of its clients still get their regular workouts.

Tribe Training has introduced online sessions for all of its 113 active members, who all pay monthly subscriptions.

Owner Callum Slater, assisted by fellow coach Ellena Carney, began to livestream the 13 sessions that they run each week after some of his members were unable to leave their homes because they were self-isolating, for whatever reason, due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Callum Slater and Ellena Carney lead a Tribe Training fitness class while live streaming it. Picture by Richard Marsham
Callum Slater and Ellena Carney lead a Tribe Training fitness class while live streaming it. Picture by Richard Marsham

On Tuesday, the day after the lock down came into force, his client numbers could have fallen away, but his morning session was in fact attended - remotely - by a full class.

Callum, who has run Tribe Training for three years and is also a director of Linton Fitness, said on Tuesday: "I am currently running online live workouts to over 100 members of my Bootcamp community and continuing to support them with their health, nutrition and exercise during self-isolation.

"I've got all the sessions now. Everything is online. Just this morning I had 24 people online at 9.30am, so nothing has changed really."

Callum Slater and Ellena Carney lead a Tribe Training fitness class outside Clements Primary Academy in Haverhill. The class was also live streamed online for people who were isolating at home. Picture by Richard Marsham
Callum Slater and Ellena Carney lead a Tribe Training fitness class outside Clements Primary Academy in Haverhill. The class was also live streamed online for people who were isolating at home. Picture by Richard Marsham

Prior to this week Callum was still running face-to-face sessions while having a laptop with a webcam set up so he could stream them into the homes of those that didn't want to, or couldn't attend in person.

Now though, every session is conducted purely online.

He sends a link for each session via WhatsApp or Facebook to enable people to log in.

Callum Slater. Picture by Richard Marsham
Callum Slater. Picture by Richard Marsham

"Fifteen minutes before each session people can log in and they wait in a virtual waiting room (until the session starts)", said Callum, who is also the assistant manager at West Wratting FC.

"We have not changed our timetable or sessions, we have just made it easier and more accessible for our community.

"My community should get an even better service from me and my team because of this."

To make the streaming possible, Callum uses the app Zoom.

It offers quality video, audio, and a wireless screen-sharing performance across Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, Blackberry, Zoom Rooms, and H. 323/SIP room systems.