Gyms given the green light to reopen

Jess Sturt of The Gym Tumut is looking forward to opening her doors to members on June 13.

Gym owners and fitness fanatics will be rejoicing this week after the NSW Government announced on Tuesday that fitness facilities such as gyms, dance studios, yoga studios and indoor pools, could reopen from June 13 onwards.

Initially, NSW gym owners were expecting to be one of the last industries to reopen, but pressure from key industry stakeholders, combined with a declining Covid-19 infection rate, has since allowed for a quicker return to training than anticipated.

The move to allow gyms to reopen in NSW has come on the back Fitness Australia putting pressure on the state government.

As a result, hundreds of thousands of gym goers took to social media and asked governing bodies to reconsider their choices.

The Gym’s owner Jess Sturt was thankful to those who reached out and backed Fitness Australia by putting pressure on the NSW government with their own Facebook and Instagram posts.

“Fitness Australia, which is our government body, did a big social media takeover and got members to say they feel safe in gyms,” Sturt said.

“It looks like it worked and just to be able to open at all for those who supported us is great news.”

Sturt was relieved by the decision, but now expected a very busy return to training and classes.

“It was relief and excitement at the same time,” Sturt said.

“It was calm before the storm; we are expecting to be very busy once we can open our doors.”

The Gym will only open up to members in the first instance, giving Sturt’s team some time to adjust to new regulations.

“It will be members only to start with, but we are treating it like a fresh start; all of our existing members will be getting a welcome back pack,” Sturt said.

Despite having 630 members on the books and only being allowed 100 members it at one time, and additionally being restricted to 10 people per class, Sturt is adamant they will manage the demand.

“Even during our busy stages, we would never have a 100 people in there at once,” Sturt said.

“We are pretty much ready and we can’t wait to see everybody back training.”

Sturt said the biggest challenge would be adapting to new regulations, some of which hadn’t been made available to gym owners as yet.

“When we reopen, we are going to be limited in what we can do and how we can do it,” Sturt said.

“We just want to have a chance to get our members back into a routine and stage by stage, we will see how things are going, and eventually we will reopen everything to everyone.”

The Gym’s team has taken advantage of the time off, giving the insides a face-lift, and now Sturt will work on what needs to be implemented for a full return to training.

“We have painted and cleaned everything over the break; now it is just a matter of getting the paper work sorted and having all the boxes ticked before reopening,” Sturt said.

Sturt, who was appreciative of the support during the Covid-19 closure, asked that members keep calm through the process and admitted there might be teething issues as everyone adapted to the changes.

“We are just asking for members to remain patient because it will be a new way for us to operate and we all need to adjust,” Sturt said.

“We want to offer a massive thank you to those who reached out and support us and we can’t wait to open up.”

The McMahon Method will be following suit, reopening two days later on Monday, June 15, and offering classes to those who book online.

Owner and operator, Luke McMahon, said that classes will be restricted at first, and it will be a first in, best-dressed scenario, with their website ready for online bookings.

“Basically we will be limited to 10 per class and we will have a booking platform,” McMahon said.

“People will have to book in for a class and when they book out, that’s it, there won’t be any more.”

Emilie Rossington who is co-owner of Drive Fitness Group, was working through timetabling and hoped to have a reopening date announced shortly.

“We are definitely excited about the prospect of getting back into Drive Group Fitness and we are currently looking at timetabling classes and restructuring to fit in with current Covid-10 legislature and requirements to keep everyone safe,” Rossington said.

“We will confirm a date and new timetable very shortly and will post to our social media pages.”

For anyone interested in getting involved with any of the local gyms and boot camps, they are encouraged to visit their websites or social media pages for more information.