Fitness First Reveals How Gyms Will Look In Australia When They Reopen Next Week
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As gyms prepare to reopen in some parts of Australia, many people will be excited at the prospect of pumping some iron and getting their heart rate up.
Exercise establishments have been given the green light to reopen in New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania next week, however Victoria will have to wait until June 22. People in the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia have been able to go for some time but with limited number and the ACT is still in the dark about when their gyms can reopen its doors.
Because the threat of spreading the coronavirus is still present, there have been some measures introduced to ensure people's safety. Fitness First has revealed how its venues will operate as they reopen.
Gym users will have to wipe down equipment before and after they use it, including weights, bars, dumbbells, benches, machines and other workout equipment.
There will be hygiene stations dotted around each gym, which will have hand sanitiser and medical grade disinfectant to help you wipe down different materials. People are asked not to work in sets with other gym goers or share equipment unless it's been sanitised and wiped down.
People who attend group fitness classes are encouraged to bring their own mats and not arrive more than five minutes before the class begins. That will help prevent people from unnecessarily standing around.
Common areas will be shut down until further notice, which include the members lounge, change room facilities such as lockers, showers, pools, spas, relaxation zones (steam rooms and saunas) and cafes. Water bottle stations will also be closed but gym goers will be able to buy bottled water.
In a statement on its website, Fitness First explains other rules and practices it's doing to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
"Repositioning equipment where possible as well as introducing clear floor markings and more signage to help members and staff maintain 1.5 metres social distancing in all areas of the club," it said.
"Introducing new Group Exercise class procedures including no member interaction or sharing of equipment, hygiene stations at studio entry and exits, and additional time between classes for cleaning and sanitisation.
"Decommissioning every other piece of cardio equipment to ensure a 1.5 metre distance can be kept. This includes in Cycle Studios."
You won't be able to use cash at the register to buy food or reserve a locker so make sure you have your card.
Gym goers won't have to wear face masks while working out however some staff will choose to wear them.