The outbreak of coronavirus has left the education, healthcare, hospitality, and fitness industry paralyzed and ailing, especially startups. In light of this global crisis that got declared as a pandemic by the WHO, experts across different sectors throughout the world have issued a strict advisory to its employees and members to take extra precautions. In addition to the heavy loss of businesses, people – right from young adults to the elderly, are uncertain about the future. Till barely a month ago, Chicago-based Dr. Ju Hearn was living his best life training student-athletes and professional players at High IQ Academy. All that mattered to the athlete-turned-entrepreneur, also a clinical massage therapist and nutritionist, was the fitness of his clients and their transformation inside the classroom as well as off the court.
Having witnessed the severity of the pandemic in his own city and the whole country, and its potentially-lasting impact on people, especially students and those who are settling in their careers, Dr. Hearn has taken it on himself to keep his student-athletes encouraged and optimistic about the future. “As a trainer and keynote speaker, I understand the difficulty that athletes go through in times like these, predominantly due to the absence of training and fear of an uncertain future,” said Dr. Hearn. “However, this is an opportunity to reflect on our choices and plan a roadmap leading to a better future. Thus, nothing sounded better than engaging my students in penning down their goals and guiding them to map out their future endeavors. I want them to have a positive outlook at this hour and also something to look forward to.”
Dr. Hearn, who also owns 360 Active Recovery – a center for nutrition consulting, chiropractic care, personal training, and physical therapy – and Recharge Athletics – a center for recovery of professional athletes at NBA and FIBA level – besides High IQ Academy, understands and relates with the challenges that athletes go through when their body naturally wants to move and be a part of a tournament, but the situation demands otherwise. “Since I’m closely monitoring the depth of this pandemic, it truly breaks my heart to see that our state, Illinois, alone, has reported over 24,000 cases and 948 deaths so far. I pray as we move forward, these numbers do not increase and, in fact, take a downward graph. Amid all this, if there’s something I keep telling my athletes, it is to stay patient since this is bigger than athletics, and that, once things are normal, they’ll all get to perform and be back on the field competing,” shared Dr. Hearn.
Meanwhile, to meet the needs of his clients and keep them engaged, Dr. Hearn has taken to providing online consultation and training sessions over different platforms. Additionally, Dr. Hearn’s entire team, comprising of assistants and fellow-trainers, have all been supporting him with online sessions by working remotely. By altering his schedule, the pattern of training, and mode of communication, the young therapist-cum-trainer is able to keep up with all his clients without letting the crisis affect their physical or mental health.