What fitness centers are doing to keep you safe after reopening from COVID-19 shutdowns

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Sarah Cook
May 11, 2020

(This article originally appeared on ABC33/40 News

At Hoover Fitness, members are glad to be back after a long layoff.

“It feels really good to be back, because it’s been a couple of months. I haven’t been working out that much,” said member Clay Shackelford.

Members wipe down the fitness equipment with disinfectant before and after use. That’s just one of the rules here.

“Got to spray down the paper towels and wipe everything off. Can’t be too cautious. It’s a big thing going on,” said member Davidson Dover.

Hoover Fitness does its own cleaning throughout the day. And the equipment is placed farther apart.

“The cardio area we’ve been fortunate enough to space it out. Each piece is six-feet apart,” said Hoover Fitness owner Jason Cerniglia.

Members are told not to come in if they’re sick and to keep their social distance when working out.

“And then the rest of the equipment — the majority is six feet, but even if it’s not, we’re asking people to wait until there’s a six-foot space before they can use anything,” Cerniglia said.

Other fitness centers remain closed.

“They will not be sharing equipment. They will go and get their own equipment, bring it back to their square, do their entire work out there, and then return it. At which point we’ll allow them to sanitize their area.”

At the YMCA of Greater Birmingham, no workouts until at least early June. That’s in keeping with a Jefferson County Department of Health recommendation.

Iron Tribe Fitness centers in Alabama will reopen next Monday after pre-planned deep-cleaning and renovations.

Fitness classes will be limited to 10 customers. Classes will be shortened to allow 10 minutes of cleaning in between. Customers will do their workouts in six-foot by six-foot squares.

“They will not be sharing equipment. They will go and get their own equipment, bring it back to their square, do their entire work out there, and then return it. At which point we’ll allow them to sanitize their area,” said Forrest Walden, CEO, of Iron Tribe Fitness.

During the COVID-19 shutdown, Iron Tribe Fitness loaned their equipment to members to use at home.

The members will return that equipment this week so the fitness centers can reopen next week.

Sarah Cook

Sarah oversees social media and internal communication for Iron Tribe Fitness. Her goal is to share the mission of Iron Tribe so others can be transformed by the program, and ultimately become the healthiest version of themselves.