Something else that happened last year was a new website for Zest as you can see – in January something happened and the previous site vanished and we had to start from scratch which was pretty stressful but we did it and it’s much better than before anyway as the old one was 12 years old.
Just like our exercise classes had to adapt to the new scenario last year – it was stressful at the time but we managed and have made some things better.
I was actually in Portugal taking a break when lockdown was looming so came home early (not easy) and realised I needed to make sure our Zesties could still get their 3 sessions a week workouts done in an effective way and keep the social bind and connection that we have had over the last 12 years running.
It wasn’t perfect at the start but we did it and it was being able to create this space for our members that reminded me how important community is. For some of them it was the punctuation to their day whether it was the early 6.30am class, the 9.30am or the 6.15pm in the evening.
One change that did come about this year was moving our evening classes from outdoors to online only and has enabled people from all over the country and world (we have several members from the USA) to join in the Zest fitness fun. One lady who is now working from home says how it punctuates her finishing work and then starting her home life.
When our longest standing member celebrated 10 years at Zest we were sad she was moving up North but she now joins us online for classes which is amazing.
I also started running an online stretch class for our members so they could spend time really stretching the tight areas of the body and working on deeper breathing to help balance out the nervous system from the press ups and burpees!* They have all benefited from doing the extra stretching and I have also been able to introduce meditation to many of our members as we finish with a short one at the end of each stretch class – the class is also now available to book for non-members.