Local gyms are chomping at the bit to open their doors as they wait for the Province to announce Stage 3. The GoodLife in Woodstock is basically on standby and are ready to open their doors.
WOODSTOCK - Local gyms are chomping at the bit to open their doors as they wait for the Province to announce Stage 3.
GoodLife in Woodstock is all ready to go and basically on standby, just waiting for the officially word from the Province. They have created the GoodLife Standard to ensure everyone's safety when working out. General Manager Selina Guy says they developed this plan with medical consultants from Toronto.
"We have three main areas for that plan, the first one is physical distancing. So we have reduced the space around people's environment, where they are working out. That usually means that we are alternating, if it's a piece of cardio equipment, every other piece of cardio equipment is closed off to guarantee that space. We have reduced the capacity levels in the clubs and in our classes. We have enhanced cleaning and sanitization practices, so we are able to basically pivot on a pretty quick basis, because we have done all of that work and we worked with two doctors from St. Michael's in Toronto and they were absolutely amazing for this."
Guy says the personal trainers are ready to go and they are up to speed on all of the new protocols.
"We have worked with our personal training teams and our fitness managers to ensure they have all of the information that they need. We are still training, we are offering training in the club, we are offering training online as well, so you can actually have a live session with your personal trainer from home, if that's what you wish. We also have the option for trainers to train outdoors, so we can take our clients to the park if that is something they want to do."
Guy says they have been working to hard to make sure everyone has the confidence to use the gym safely.
"We are making sure that extra cleaning is happening, make sure our clients have enough space and making sure that they are very comfortable when they come in here."
Guy also says the COVID 15 or COVID 20, where people have gained weight during the pandemic is a real thing and they expect a lot of people will be eager to get back to the gym.
"GoodLife has done an incredible job, our Instagram page, we've had a workout every single day, we basically had three workouts a day, all the way through COVID. Our Youtube channel has been up and running, we have offered a ton of extra online and social workouts, just to make sure that people did stay active but also encouraging people not to put that pressure on themselves, because it was a very stressful time. We know during that stress, some people are eating more or drinking more than they normally would and that is totally fine. We can always undo that stuff later, it's more about, just getting through and staying as healthy and active as you can and just giving yourself some grace during that time."
GoodLife has been reaching out to members to let them know about their plans. They are hoping to open as soon as the Province announces the date from Stage 3.
(Note the video in this article was filmed at the GoodLife in Woodstock and is featured on their web site)