Opening commercial gyms

To open commercial gyms - insuring social distancing is in place/face coverings mandatory. Before gyms closed my gym was extremely clean, disinfectant after every use of machines and ensuring there was 2metre gap between each machine/bench etc.

Why the contribution is important

for The last 5 years I have attended the gym where I train to build muscle not to do cardio hence why exercising outside does not help me. I have ulcerative colitis and I have osteoporosis due to the medication I have taking to help my UC, I attend the gym to help build muscle around my joints to ease the pain I get. Without me being able to attend the gym I am suffering with pain and this is effecting my mental health. I use the gym to ensure my joints/muscle stops wasting away and to ensure I’m mentally in a better place.

by Jharrison on May 07, 2020 at 07:11PM

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Average rating: 2.2
Based on: 12 votes


  • Posted by Michellesmith May 07, 2020 at 19:26

    I feel no need for Gyms to open .people can exercise at home .
  • Posted by AuntieKaty May 07, 2020 at 20:14

    Older people are encouraged and require to maintain muscle mass to protect and assist in stabilising joints, and walking, running or cycling is not a substitute for this. Commercial (or council) gyms have this facility and are well-prepared to further increase cleaning.
  • Posted by runforfree69 May 07, 2020 at 20:16

    I empathise with your situation however gyms should be one of the last facilities to open. Any form of outdoor activity is going to be safer. Contamination on surfaces which spread the virus has to be of huge concern, I understand your premises are extremely hygienic however it only takes one person to contaminate every piece of equipment in a 30 min workout. Every piece of equipment would have to be cleaned after every user. Consider this please, in Italian hospitals one set of medics inside a single room with a Covid19 patient wearing full head to toe PPE would open the door only to be passed equipment by another set of medics in the corridor also in head to toe PPE. Their patient is no more or less contaminated than the person with Covid19 who has just stepped off the weights machine that you've just sat on. I wish you well and hope you find an alternative which can help you even a little and that you're back in your gym soon.
  • Posted by Fiona May 07, 2020 at 21:37

    Plenty of ways to exercise without going to a gym. One of the last places that should open
  • Posted by Scot123 May 07, 2020 at 23:10

    I work in a large council gym as an instructor and personal trainer. I am very anxious about how staff had clients will be safe but I suggest:
    Encourage gyms to run outdoor or online classes where possible
    Staff and customers to wear masks
    Remove small pieces of equipment like bands, kettlebells etc as they will be hard to clean and have high turnover of use.
    Put wipes and sanitizer throughout the gym
    Remove every second piece of cardio equipment like treadmills to allow more space
    Booking system to limit numbers
    No face to face inductions or programmes
  • Posted by LBE May 08, 2020 at 07:55

    I miss going to the gym (cardio and weights) but seriously doubt I will rejoin when it re-opens as I fear it will be a source of transmission of the virus. I appreciate you don’t have much in the way of an alternative but suspect the majority of people do have other options to safely exercise. I think gyms re-opening should be much later down the line
  • Posted by BigRabinPerth May 08, 2020 at 08:42

    Not a good idea due to the closed ventilation systems, a plenum system used in many gyms.
    Anyone infected or carrying simply infect all present within the air circulation area.
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