Pam Moorhead (center) teaches outdoor workout classes which are also broadcast over Zoom. (Courtesy Health and Soul Fitness)
“I’ve always had a passion for helping people become healthier and improve their quality of life,” she said. “I got my undergraduate degree in exercise physiology and my master’s in corporate health education.”
Moorhead spent time as a personal trainer and group teacher before launching Health and Soul Fitness in Cedar Park about four years ago.
“I started it as a way to incorporate more of the whole person into health–our mental and emotional well-being as well as physical health,” she said. “I also believe fitness is a fun way to bring people together. It breaks down some of the barriers and lets us get to know people while we’re all sharing similar goals.”
When COVID-19 hit and everyone went into shelter-in-place, Moorhead said she quickly found new ways to help the community connect through fitness. She switched to online classes and even created a new one for people who had been previously working out at a gym.
At the end of any session, Moorhead makes a point to spend a minute or two chatting with everyone on Zoom, just as they used to do when they would finish up in-person workouts.
“We talk about our healthy habits for the week, set an intention or say something positive about ourselves,” she said.
Moorhead has kept all of her regular clientele through the pandemic while also adding new members, she said. After shelter-in-place orders were lifted she added outdoor workout options, which she also broadcasts live via Zoom.
Even as restrictions ease and more in-person events may safely happen, Moorhead said she will always offer a mix of online options going forward.
“There are a lot of people that prefer to do their workouts from their living room for the sake of time and convenience, or comfort level,” she said. “I know there are a million offerings online people could do for free, but I watch you and coach you. I can help you safely do your exercises and give you encouragement.”
Moorhead said she will work with any person at their level and help them safely take their mind and body to the next level.
“I have been in the field so long, and I understand the different complexities of health and fitness,” she said. “I know it’s not all about just getting to a gym. There’s a lot that goes into the health journey and I like to help people wherever they are, and then get them to the next step.”
Moorhead offers a free weekly, outdoor community class every Saturday from 8:15-9 a.m. at Good Shepard Lutheran Church, 700 W Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park.