Aug 19, 2020
Fabio Zonin is a StrongFirst
Certified Instructor. He is a former powerlifter, natural
bodybuilder, and the owner of fitness centers. He has authored many
articles for Italian popular magazines and websites that are
dedicated to fitness, bodybuilding, and strength.
How have things been in Italy over the last 90 days for
says that it is getting better in Italy.
did not have the experience to deal with the
is open again, however, they do have their rules with social
distancing, sanitization, and masks.
Within the organization of Strong First, you have been
evolving and shifting as well, can you give us some insights into
some updates on that? How are you working out Strong First
- Strong First is a company that is based on live
events, and the events were often rescheduled or canceled, it was
difficult in the beginning.
- Managing events were not easy, so Strong First
worked on creating a stronger online presence to help their
customers to stay strong at home.
- Strong First turned some of their in-person
events into online live events.
- Strong First sees their events becoming
Does Strong First have first branded gyms or
- Strong First has gyms that have specific
requirements. It needs to have certified
- Strong First reached over 50 gyms and then
COVID occurred, it will take a few months before they start
creating and reopening gyms.
How many certified coaches does Strong First have? What
are some of the numbers you guys have as far as your
- Strong First has 4000 instructors worldwide in
over 50 countries.
- Coaches need to recertify every 2 years, and
Elite Instructors need to recertify every 3
- Strong First had to give extended
recertification dates for coaches due to COVID.
Pablo was on the Joe Rogan podcast. How did that affect
the community? Do you see any traction? How did that affect the
community? What was the result of that?
increased traction, from people who did not know who Strong First
is a natural-born leader, and it was a great
podcast piqued interest from outsiders and was great for the
Is there any particular technology that you guys are
looking at right now to kind of step into the next evolution fo
what this industry may look like?
- Strong First is looking int a training app and
a streaming system for online training to provide a window to our
instructors to be seen.
- Technology and going online will help people be
coached by different people and in different
can be difficult finding a trainer that fits your time but using
different times zones can change this.
How do you think the fitness industry is going to be
is concerned that going too fast into going online may affect
has been basing a lot of his feedback on his online sessions on the
feedback using people’s faces, and the transition to online made it
difficult to see how people reacted.
COVID started, a lot of people turned to be an online presenter,
you need to learn how to present in front of a camera and the way
many social media gifts did not give away quality workouts, the
student has no idea how to figure out what is good or what is
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