MIKE CHABOT
Inked|January 2021
When the pandemic hit, personal trainer Mike Chabot watched as gyms were forced to close their doors. While many in his industry were forlorn by the news, Chabot saw an opportunity to meet the demands of millions.
Ariana West

“For months, people were stuck at home, gaining weight, losing shape, and they had time to think about getting healthy,” he explains. “They started to exercise at home and realized they need help for it. I noticed a big change, as more people were contacting me and I benefited [from becoming] an online coach.”

Chabot adapted to the pandemic by moving his in-person clients to online and tailoring his coaching to our new normal. Unable to put in those hours at the gym training people face-to-face, he’s catered his approach to the online world. He’s been leading free workouts on YouTube and offering one-on-one sessions through Zoom. He’s also replaced machine-focused workouts with exercises anyone with a body can perform at home. “All of the workouts I recommend are body weight workouts,” Chabot says. “I would suggest that everyone invest at least $50 into bands, a yoga mat and a jump rope. These minimal materials can get you into good shape and make you lose fat.”

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