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Kate Fearon Joins FitnessCompared!
Britain’s first fitness equipment comparison site, FitnessCompared, has recruited Kate Fearon to lead the growth and success of the business.Daniel Jones, CEO of FitnessCompared, said: “Kate’s an industry legend and we can’t wait to have her on board. She has worked in the fitness industry operationally in the public and private sector for over 25yrs so Kate is bringing some highly valuable experience to the team.“As a business consultant both in the UK and the Middle East, Kate brings a dynamic and disruptive energy to businesses to promote change and lead growth and is both collaborative and creative.“Kate’s exactly who we need to launch FitnessCompared into the mainstream. With her vast industry knowledge and deep passion for cars,I’m 100 percent positive she’ll drive our business to success!”The former product manager for Technogym will introduce operators across all sectors, including independent gyms, construction, education, hotels and spa’s, with an easy and impartial process. Her team at FitnessCompared will provide expert support and advice to maximise a customer’s budget and space.Kate said: “I feel I can bring substantial experience to FitnessCompared and relish the opportunity to make this amazing platform another way to buy gym equipment.”FitnessCompared is perfect for gym operators across all sectors. For the first time, they can compare thousands of products in one hit via their unique search by product features. Even giving suppliers a percentage score versus the buyers chosen requirements. It’s a gift to the fitness industry and we’re all excited to allow gym operators and suppliers to do business in the new way.The website provides an alternative vehicle for suppliers to develop opportunities and sales using very few resources.Suppliers play a crucial part in the success of the platform and FitnessCompared recognise that in this changing world, the days of big trade shows and hours spent on the road and in meetings, no longer provide a cost effective business model.FitnessCompared is in the same family as the very successful global bidding platform WeBuyGymEquipment (WBGE).Established in October 2015, WeBuyGymEquipment has revolutionised the way gyms sell used fitness equipment.
Top tips for creating your home gym
We all know that 2020 likes to keep us on our toes so we’ve got you covered with our handy guide to creating your own gym.The first lockdown led to panic buying of a wide and sometimes strange variety. Pasta, flour and bog rolls went MIA early on, but they came for the fitness equipment only a little while later.As the lock-down progressed we furiously upgraded not just our property but our bodies. We started exercising more at home. This meant there was never a better time to buy gym equipment for the home. Retails quickly sold out and sites like FitnessCompared allowed consumers another route to impartially compare gym equipment against a wide range of brands in the market.People set up circuits in their gardens and followed online workouts. Everyone wanted to buy new or used gym equipment.Exercise levels soared from March, then so did the demand for exercise bikes, cross-trainers, dumb bells and treadmills. More than half (52%) of adults were meeting national activity guidelines and the percentage of sedentary people halved — from 22% to 11% — compared with the same period last year. Things to consider before you go online shopping for a home gym1. First, consider how much space you have. If the space is limited, you can’t have too many types of equipment. If you have a large space, then you can use more machines. Don’t just work out how much space you need for the equipment, but also how much space you’ll take up when you are using it.2. Choose your gym equipment wisely. For this you need decide if it is going to be used occasionally and take light use. Do you want to buy commercial gym equipment and the best commercial spin bikes ? Because if you want the heavy duty commercial gym equipment you are probably used to at your local sports centre or gym, it’s going to cost more. It’s the usual argument of durability against price. The team at FitnessCompared offer free and impartial advice to get you started with your new home gym.3. If you want to make it a multi-purpose gym, you’ll need space for your strength equipment, a mat for yoga, Pilates and stretching and resistance bands. A lot of people purchase Crossfit equipment but you may also consider kettlebells, medicine balls and foam rollers. Its easy to get carried away but don’t overcrowd the space with too many exercise tools. Just pick the ones which you need and avoid cluttering.4. Now think about the décor. Which theme would you like to opt for? There are different gym themes like industrial, rustic, modern farmhouse, home yoga studio, etc. 5. Some might say an enormous mirror is the most essential part of a home gym. It’s good for improving technique, tracking gains and obviously helps get awesome selfies. So, don’t forget to get budget and plan for where you will put that.6. Get the right lighting. Some people prefer the nightclub low lighting effect you get in some gym classes. It’s up to your personal taste but I think it should be bright enough to compliment without giving you a headache.7. Always consider your aim before decorating your home gym. For example, if you want it to inspire, motivate and uplift then keep that in mind before investing in anything too dark or chilled.8. Finally, make it personal. We all have our own unique style and routines. Make a note of how you move and where you move. This will ensure you create a space that will motivate you to meet your fitness goals!
How to stay happy and healthy working from home
1. Get ready for work as though you really are going to an office. As tempting as it is to roll out of bed and straight onto your computer – don’t do it! Wash, dress and make yourself smart to deal with any unexpected Zoom calls. It gets you in the right headspace for the day ahead and mentally switch to productive work mode.2. Now go to your office. By this I mean your home office space. Its important to create a designated space to work in, an area just for you. Somewhere you can focus on tasks without being distracted.3. Prioritise and create a list of the key tasks for the day. Everything is more manageable when it is put in a list. It will focus your mind and make goals more achievable.4. Get everything you need for the day in one place. This includes all the necessary tech you need. This could be a reliable and secure internet connection, any necessary files, hardware and software, remote access to your company network and, importantly, knowledge of how to get IT support.5. Regularly rest your eyes and step away from your desk. It’s important knowing when to give yourself a break when there’s no one else around to remind you. Go for a walk in the garden and stretch your legs.6. Have a planner or make a schedule. Block off set times to do certain work tasks and block off other times for lunch, movement, housework, personal calls, etc. When you’re home all day, it’s easy for the day to blur into one long work day.7. Be clear about when your working day begins and ends. It’s easy to ‘always be on’ when your home and office are the same place. When work is over, be sure you switch off and mentally clock out.8. Get outside! I try to get outside once a day, even if it’s just a short walk around the block. Fresh air and a little Vitamin D do wonders for your mental health and productivity.9. Keep yourself engaged and visible. Contribute regularly to team chats or group emails so you don’t just drop off the radar. Ask about what people are working on and share what’s on your plate.10. Foster relationships. Make time for non-work chats as you would in the workplace and use video calling to maintain face-to-face contact.11. Don’t be afraid to ask for support when needed. Speak out when you need assistance, further training or support. Your are part of a team and you should be supporting each other, especially remotely.