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Nerves and excitement for gyms return

Nerves and excitement for gyms return

Gyms and fitness centres across the East Midlands are opening their doors to people from different households on Monday 17 May 2021 as the Government further eases Covid restrictions.


And it promises to be a timely boost to the mental health and wellbeing of the region’s residents and the local economy, says one fitness expert, who will see sessions at his Loughborough gym increase by more than 50%.

Gyms re-opened in England on April 12, but gym-goers from different households have been unable to mix there. It has meant no gym classes and a vastly reduced number of people being able to work out in their local fitness centre each week.

But the further easing of restrictions that comes into force on May 17 will see people allowed to mix indoors again, and a surge of East Mids residents back on the treadmill, bike and weight machines.

Body Transformation Centre, in Charnwood Trade Park, Clarence Street, Loughborough, has developed supervised semi-private personal training sessions to help people get back into the swing of gym exercise.

Centre owner Nick Wardle said:

“With Mental Health Awareness Week this week, I think it reminds us how important exercise and fitness are to our state of mind. So I’m looking forward to being able to get more people back in the gym and getting fit.

“Don’t get me wrong, a lot of people are uncertain and nervous about returning, but at the same time they’re desperate to get back to face-to-face sessions and training with their friends.

“Our message to people is that it’s natural to worry, but we’ll have all the right controls in place to make sure the return to the gym is a safe and enjoyable one. We’ve developed pods for semi-private personal training in groups, with social distancing so they can train under supervision but without any risk of transmission.”

There are around 6,700 health and fitness clubs in the United Kingdom with approximately 9.7 million members, and Mr Wardle said this month’s easing of restrictions will be critical to the recovery of the industry.

“It’s been tough and we’ve had to pivot to running online sessions,” he said. “Being able to get people back into the gyms isn’t just about improving people’s health and fitness, it’s also going to save gyms from the scrapheap.”

A poll from Sport England and Savanta ComRes showed that gym workouts were the number one method of physical activity that people are looking forward to once the Coronavirus lockdown eases in the UK.

The poll, which questioned more than 2,000 people, showed that the British public misses gym work more than any other activity.

Body Transformation Centre’s plans

If you want to see how gym exercise sessions will be different to comply with Covid restrictions and take account of people’s time away from the gym, these are Body Transformation Centre’s plans.

Post-lockdown, Body Transformation Centre sessions will involve totally different programming, including:

PT-led training sessions

Adaptions to accommodate reduced movement

More endurance-based programming

Activation exercises, to help you switch on key muscles to prevent injury post-lockdown

And in terms of Covid safety measures, it’s about giving maximum assurance. So people can expect  

Covid response protocols

Minimum of 100 sqft per person training space (socially distanced)

Rule-of-six guidelines on semi-private training 

No kit sharing 

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