From Fonda To Functional Fitness: The Evolution of Virtual Coaching and a Global Pandemic

December 8, 2020 by
Courtesy of Tia Sapienz

In 1982, workout guru Jane Fonda released a series of workout tapes, which would soon turn into one of the most popular workout routines for fitness enthusiasts of the 1980s and beyond. Since then, the concept of coaching via video has evolved greatly. 30 years later, Peloton rolled out what would soon become the next big thing in home workouts, giving athletes the chance to communicate and take live classes with their favorite instructors.

One big thing: While other modes of fitness from spin to boot camp have migrated online in the past few years to give athletes the chance to workout from the comfort of their own homes, the CrossFit industry has remained largely in person, with classes almost exclusively occurring in brick-and-mortar affiliates. That was until the pandemic of 2020. 

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