California Gym To Reopen With "Exercise Pods" To Prevent The Spread of Coronavirus

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Submitted by Take Out on Tue, 06/16/2020 - 20:15

REDONDO BEACH, Cali. — A California gym is giving its clients a safer way to work out when it reopens. 

Inspire South Bay Fitness members will be told to sanitize their hands, have their temperature taken, asked to sign a waiver and then assigned into a pod, each with its own dumbbells and other equipment inside.

The pods took three days to build using shower curtains and pipes — a lower-cost alternative to installing plexiglass dividers, the gym’s owner Peet Sapsin said in an interview with Fox8.

Gyms and fitness centers have been shuttered for months as the state dealt with the spread of the coronavirus.

“It’s been really tough, we weren’t sure if we were gonna [be] able to reopen again,” Sapsin said. “But because now that we’ve come up with this solution, it’s a lot more affordable and, now, we can reopen back up a little more safer and healthier for our clients.”

Only nine members will be allowed inside at a time, nearly half the gym’s usual capacity, he said.

Group training classes will likely include fewer participants or move outdoors. The state had also suggested that fitness centers implement a reservation system to limit the number of people at a facility at once, as well as start a check-out system for using items like mats and exercise bands.

Gyms will be responsible for frequently cleaning equipment, countertops, vending machines, doorknobs, hand washing facilities, reception areas, locker rooms, restrooms, changing areas and showers.

Saunas, steam rooms and hot tubs will have to remain closed. 

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