Teresa Harris is a personal trainer and taught many types of fitness classes including Body Pump, CXWORX, and freestyle step, all on-premises in gyms and fitness centers around Charlottesville, Virginia starting over two decades ago.

Then, in March of 2020, just like after a class when everyone leaves winded but energized, COVID turned off the lights and shut the doors. Teresa Harris suddenly had no place to train her clients or teach. But instead of hitting the panic button, she got creative, and she signed up for Zoom.

You can watch the video interview above with or without subtitles, or read this transcript:

Online fitness pro Teresa Harris

Online fitness pro Teresa Harris. Bio and contact info below. Photo: Ande Shirey

DANA: Hi, everyone! I’m Dana. I’m the co-creator of Online Video Mastery, which is a training program for creating effective and engaging Zoom meetings and video. So, we all know that the pandemic has changed the way we live and work, and those especially in the fitness industry know that, too. We’ve had to remodel the way we train clients, the way that we run our businesses.

And so, my guest today is Teresa Harris. Teresa is a superstar, seasoned personal trainer with ACAC (Atlantic Coast Athletic Clubs), which is here in Charlottesville where I live, too. And I’ve actually had the pleasure of working with Teresa during my own time working at ACAC, so I’m really pleased to have her with me here today.

Teresa has been successful in taking her own personal training business over to Zoom, and so we’re going to talk about that today. So, Teresa, thank you for joining me! And tell me, how long have you been in the fitness industry? Just give me a brief background on your career.

TERESA:  Hi, Dana. Thank you so much for allowing me to be here with you. This is fun! I have been in the fitness industry since 1996, as a group ex instructor. So, I started many, many moons ago back with a company called New Fitness for Ladies. And then, I went to Gold’s Gym and then, I went to Boars Head and Farmington. So, I’ve been teaching everywhere, all around town, group exercise for a long, long time. And when it came to personal training, I started that when my daughter went to college. And she’s our one and only, so I was an empty nester and decided to have a new career. And that was probably about 12-15 years ago.

DANA:  Wow, c