Hyderabad: After a gap of two months, fitness enthusiasts can rejoice as gyms are gearing up to open, albeit with precautions to ensure safety of all their clients. For starters, many gyms in the city have started sanitising and changing their plans of action to enable safe workouts.
According to Nandeshwar Thakur, owner and trainer at Quad Fitness Hub in Chintalkunta, a major factor in addressing the issues of safety is thorough sanitising of the entire gym apart from ensuring that clients follow certain precautions. “We mandatorily check temperature and oxygen levels before clients enter the gym and we also put up touch-free sanitisers at the entrance and sprays at every machine. In addition to this, we are also fumigating the premises thrice every day,” says Nandeshwar, adding, “I would suggest the same to every gym owner, especially allocating time slots for clients and avoiding partner workouts.”
Echoing the same is B Ramanjaneyulu, the owner and trainer at Fitness 3 gym in Pragathi Nagar who in addition to sanitising, is also ensuring limited people at the premises by allocating them time-slots.
“We have requested our regular clients to follow specific time slots to ensure there are only 15 to 20 members on the floor at any given time and we are going to put some ground rules, like telling the clients to carry their own water bottles and mats, etc. We have also requested clients to let us know if they wish to change their time slot to ensure the number of people remain the same,” says Ramanjaneyulu. The safety schedule also includes sanitising every machine after every time slot.
Some gyms, like Sweat and Shine Fitness Studio in Shivam Road, function without equipment and that is an advantage, as Sirisha Tipoju, its owner explains, “Ours is predominantly a Zumba centre and that is an advantage as there’s no equipment necessary. But apart from that, for our other fitness formats that need mats, we have told our clients to bring their own mats, and make sure it is a safe environment.”
However, despite the exhaustive measures fitness professionals are taking, they are expecting a lesser foot-fall owing to a combination of reasons.
“There definitely is fear about going to a gym and there are also financial factors that have put gym fees on the back burner. We are expecting 30 per cent to 40 per cent of our usual foot-fall in the gym,” says Ramanjaneyulu, who hopes the number will increase in the next one month.
Sirisha holds a similar opinion, saying, “As of now we are expecting about 40 per cent but we hope our clients spread the word about the safety measures we are taking and the foot-fall increases in a month.”
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