Gym reopens with individual pods to maintain social distancing while working out
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Gym reopens with individual pods to maintain social distancing while working out

A gym has reopened with individual pods to help people maintain social distancing while working out in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The California-based fitness centre installed nine pods which include dumbbells and a bench – the pods are six feet wide and 10 feet tall, reports the Independent.

South Bay Fitness in Redondo Beach built the pods, which took around three days to install, using shower curtains and pipes.

Keeping in line with social distancing measures, the gym also checks clients’ temperatures when they enter the facility, as well as provides sufficient hand sanitiser placed all over the gym.

The strict facilities mean only nine people can workout at the same time, and entry is appointment only.

Additionally, personal trainers wear face coverings and the gyms sauna and steam rooms have been closed until further notice.

Owner of the gym, Peet Sapsin, revealed in an Instagram post the difficulty of reopening.

He said: “Reopening our gym @inspiresouthbay is not an easy task.

“But we are prepared to increase the safety for all of our members against Covid-19.”

Sapsin continued: “We will also continue to host Zoom classes until we have a vaccination.

“This effort is to accommodate our members who prefer to stay at home but still get a good workout if they are not ready to come back in person.”

In the UK, those hoping to get back to the gym or down to the local swimming pools will need to keep waiting a little longer as gyms and indoor leisure facilities are remaining closed.

Although the coronavirus lockdown has relaxed, gyms are still likely to be one of the last to open.

Leisure centres may be one of the sectors where the lifting of lockdown measures proves more difficult.

A poll by YouGov found that only 30% of Brits would feel comfortable returning to gyms when they reopen.

Humphrey Cobbold, chief executive of PureGym, told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme that the gym chain would be working to upgrade their hygiene regime when they are allowed to reopen.

He said: “The right approach is a considered and careful opening.

“We will probably, when permitted by government, start by opening half a dozen sites and then expand from there when we’re confident that we have a model that’s safe and secure for members for the future.”

Virgin Active have told customers that they will let customers known when they reopen “once it is safe to do so based on government advice”.

The Manchester Evening News claims that gym members may also be asked to perform frequent hand-washing during visits.


Pat Reaves
Pat Reaves writes for our World News section. Having spent his youth traveling from one country to another, Pat has incurred an education that is truly international in culture, academia, and language. His quick thinking and spontaneity has landed him in the sector where stories happen without any warning. He is an extremely patient and nurturing writer who lets a story take its course without interference and prejudice.

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