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Front. Sports Act. Living | doi: 10.3389/fspor.2020.589702

The Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic Lockdown during spring 2020 on Personal Trainers’ Working and Living Conditions. Provisionally accepted The final, formatted version of the article will be published soon. Notify me

 Solfrid Bratland-Sanda1*,  Therese F. Mathisen2, Christine Sundgot-Borgen3, Jorunn Sundgot-Borgen3 and Jan O. Tangen1
  • 1Faculty of Humanities, Sports and Educational Science, University of South-Eastern Norway, Norway
  • 2Østfold University College, Norway
  • 3Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Norway

Purpose: The aim of this study was to map changes in working and living conditions of Norwegian personal trainers (PTs) during the Covid-19 lockdown spring 2020. Methods: A total of 150 PTs (mean (SD) age 35.5 (8.4) years, with 6.5 (5.3) years of experience as PT, and 61% female) in Norway responded to an online survey. Results: Number of PT sessions per week was reduced during the lockdown and the majority of the respondents reported loss of clients and negative impact on their working conditions. The official restrictions and guidelines were considered difficult to interpret and somewhat discriminatory compared to restrictions and guidelines for other comparable exercise occupational groups. The lockdown period provided more PTs to offer online and outdoor training. Living conditions were also affected with reported impairments in private economy and reduced vitality (p<0.05), and with vitality being lower in female compared to male respondents during, but not before, the lockdown period. Discussion: The reported negative impact of the Covid-19 lockdown period on PTs’ working and living conditions are discussed with focus on the reported gender differences and in light of the previously reported poor reputation of the fitness industry.

Keywords: Mental Health, wellbeing, Occupational Health, physical activity, Public Health, Exercise, fitness

Received: 31 Jul 2020; Accepted: 17 Nov 2020.

Copyright: © 2020 Bratland-Sanda, Mathisen, Sundgot-Borgen, Sundgot-Borgen and Tangen. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Prof. Solfrid Bratland-Sanda, Faculty of Humanities, Sports and Educational Science, University of South-Eastern Norway, Horten, Norway, solfrid.bratland-sanda@usn.no