Dussehra brings a bit of cheer for the gym owners. Fitness centers that were closed for seven months during the lockdown have permission to unlock from Sunday but will be open to customers from Monday. For fitness enthusiasts, the good times seem to be back. For gym owners it is exhilaration with caution.
Nikhil Kakkar, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Gold & # 39; s Gym India, laughed as he said, "You can make that emotional quotient even more exciting. We have permission to open from Sunday, but most of our gyms will Be open from October 26th Various centers continued to operate until vember 1st. So many months of downtime meant thorough cleaning and maintenance of the equipment. "
Markings for social distancing at a Gold & # 39; s Gym in Pune
The chain's flagship, Pali Naka, Bandra West opens on Monday. "We provide social distancing by only making alternative treadmills work. We also have specific markings on the floor so that those who exercise stand on the demarcated markings. Weight stations also allow certain benches to be removed or placed some distance away . " As in most centers, half full is full. Members have to book one-hour slots through an app. "After that we have cleaning times when a batch leaves and then the next group of members comes in," Kakkar explained.
For the Badal Makwana, MD, Anytime Fitness, Andheri and Khar offices, Sunday is the reopening day for both centers. As in most gyms, showers and steam rooms remain closed. "Since group activities like yoga and Zumba are not allowed, some equipment is being relocated to these rooms to create more space on the gym floor. Members have to reserve a place to work out, a bit like a movie," laughed Makwana. The fitness pro claimed, "There are some members who may not have access to gyms until a vaccine is found. Yet at least 65 percent of our members want to start exercising in gyms. They also believe in their immunity." will get a boost from good diet and exercise. The gym is the place for that, "he finished.
The preparations meant, "Start maintenance as soon as the lockdown has subsided a bit and we have been able to bring in personnel to maintain machinery," said Bhavesh Chheda, co-founder of Neha Nutrifit, which has centers in Tardeo and Charni Road.
A blocked treadmill to ensure social distance
"Since Sunday is Dussehra, we will begin with a pooja and sales inquiries at the gym. Full operations and fitness training will begin on Monday. We had to go to great lengths to maintain the machines and prevent rust.
"We're going to be 50 percent busy. The gyms tend to be full of members in the early morning or late evening. These are the main training times. The Work From Home (WFH) routines have changed that dynamic, and many members want this now." the afternoon slots like home, "said Chheda.
Most gym members do not have access to a shower, steam room, or sauna. Even common yoga mats that are often used for other floor exercises are being packed away, some said.
A gym is preparing to reopen
Each fitness hub has specific cleaning times and members are encouraged to wear protective masks when entering or protecting their face. They claim that their trainers, too, are now fully informed about Standard Operating Instructions (SOP) and safety norms.
Fitness enthusiast and regular runner Naveen Hegde, who likes so many regulars who exercised outdoors throughout the lockdown, said, "A lot of people are used to exercising in enclosed environments such as gyms. Opening with appropriate guidelines will work for both the citizens as well as the institutions will be a relief. ""
Badal Makwana, MD, Anytime Fitness, Andheri, and Khar
Several gyms also function as social centers where members hang out and chat in these places after a workout.
Hegde concluded, "Overall, this may be good, but it brings a lot of responsibility for management and members. People have to finish their training session and leave without socializing."
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