While OPEX gyms are all based on individual program design, many non-OPEX gyms began introducing individual design to their clients during the pandemic as a way to continue to service them through shutdowns and various other COVID-restrictions.
But they soon discovered that individual design provides great value to their clients and their business, pandemic or not. As a result, these coaches have no intention of abandoning the individual design service even when the pandemic finally comes to an end.
When her gym began limiting how many group classes each client could attend each week in order to accommodate the most amount of clients during the pandemic, Emily Beers began offering individual program design to her clients.
“It was a way to allow them to either hit a fourth and fifth workout each week, either at home or during designated individualized programming times at the gym,” explained Beers, who took the OPEX CCP in the fall of 2020 and is currently working on her final project.
Nine months later, 10 of her clients are now paying a premium each month for individual design—most of whom do a combination of group classes, personal training, and individual design—and they say both their commitment to fitness and their performances have improved because of it.
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Dave Henry, the owner of CrossFit London in Ontario, has barely seen his clients in person since March 2020. Other than a short period of time in the summer when he was able to open for in-person training, Ontario has been one of the most locked-down places in the world. As of May 2021, CrossFit London is still closed.
For both his clients and his business, adding an individual design option, which he charges a premium for, has been a Godsend, Henry explained.
He expects individual design to continue to be a big part of his business in the post-pandemic world.
Coach Renato Costa, who completed the OPEX CCP in 2018 to 2019, quickly built a book of 65 remote, individual design clients in the first few months of the pandemic, each of whom pays $75 Euros a month for a training program and monthly lifestyle consults with Costa.
Since the first lockdown, Costa has continued to build his book of remote clients to 73, and has hired a coach to help him take on the growing workload.
Costa credits the CCP with helping him become much more efficient at designing individualized training programs, and at improving his ability to sell the concept.
The best part is, being part of the OPEX network will allow him to keep growing.
Stijn De Waele managed to not just change careers during the pandemic and take the OPEX CCP, but also build a book of individual design clients from scratch.
DeWaele’s clients all pay $300 Euros a month for individual design and monthly consults.
Alex Cibiri, the owner of the Element Movement in locked down Ontario, is another coach who has benefited from introducing more individual program design to his clients since last March.
He began rolling it out for all of his clients during the first lockdown, and then launched it as an added service on his top-tier memberships, he explained.
It has been a huge value to his clients and to the business, as it has provided value to clients who weren’t interested in virtual classes, clients who otherwise would have quit the gym in the last year. Thus, the business has been able to retain way more clients than they otherwise could have in the last 16 months, Cibiri said.
Overall, offering individual design has made a huge difference to the client, the coach, and the business during the pandemic and beyond, he said.
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