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Old 07-25-2020, 05:59 AM
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Who else has gone back to the gym? I was able to go again this morning. Iíve done nothing for four months so Iím a beginner again, but I already feel much better, at least mentally. Lots of advanced cleaning protocols and masks when you are moving around (but not actively exercising). I signed up for a time online which I really liked! No more than 50 people per hour, so even with some machines closed there were lots to use and very little, if any, waiting.


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Old 07-25-2020, 06:04 AM
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I found a new love of working out at home so I am going to cancel my gym. I have been running outside for years, but using the gym for cross training. Thanks to YouTube, I have found a whole new world.
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Old 07-25-2020, 06:12 AM
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I really miss my gym. Gyms were open for about a week then shut down again. I will wait for them to be open a few weeks and then check to see how many cases they have. Not worth taking a chance for me.
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Old 07-25-2020, 06:21 AM
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I was able to go back to the gym pool for about three weeks. We needed a reservation and lots of safety measures were in place. But COVID cases kept rising so the gym was closed again.

Enjoy your gym time.
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Old 07-25-2020, 06:55 AM
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My gym is the Y. Only thing allowed in my state is the pool. There are some outdoor classes, mostly in the morning before it gets too hot. Reservations required due to limits on numbers. I miss the elliptical machines. I'm still walking every day, but I miss the variety the Y offered.


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Old 07-25-2020, 07:11 AM
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I've returned to the gym. No one else seems to want to go - at least at the time I go - because I practically have the place to myself. LOTS of safety precautions in place and extra cleaning going on continuously.

I agree that it makes me feel better to go workout.
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Old 07-25-2020, 07:18 AM
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My gym opened in phases. The last week of May, it opened for people who kept their membership open during the closure. Then the first week of June it opened for those who cancelled and wanted to rejoin. Then the second week of June, classes opened in addition to the equipment that had been open. The third week of June, the pool opened by reservation for lap swim/pool exercise only. The fourth week of June, it opened for new members. There are precautions in place.

*Masks are highly encouraged when you are not working out
*wipe down equipment before and after use.
*hand sanitizing when entering and leaving
*equipment is 8 feet apart and moved to other rooms. You don't need reservations for the equipment.
*classes are open for 15-25 people based on the type of class. Reservations are needed. There are spots on the floor in the class that are 8 ft. apart
*Pool and gyms are open, but you need reservations. Pool is for lap swimming/exercise only. I think they only allow 3-5 people in the pool and gym at at time.
*No towels are available. The water bottle filling stations are open, but you can't use the fountain for just drinking.
*Lockers are not available right now. I haven't heard they are available again and there are signs that still say they aren't available, but I see people using them, so I'm not really sure.
*Locker rooms are open only for those who are using the pool

I've been back since the beginning of the opening and I feel pretty good about it.
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Old 07-25-2020, 08:19 AM
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It's amazing that mine hasn't opened yet (maybe because he and his wife split and I think he's living there .

I've started running again....it was a must or else I would have gained 20 lbs!
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Old 07-25-2020, 08:44 AM
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In my state, the governor has been very cautious. Gyms are open for 1-on-1 personal training, and can do outdoor classes. My gym has also done virtual classes and froze our memberships. They do charge $10 per class for the outdoor classes, and you have to sign up the night before. The outdoor classes do not include spin, unfortunately for me. Pilates studios and martial arts studios have opened up with restrictions in the state. Gym and health club owners are very frustrated, but the governor has not given a clear answer on when any reopening will happen.

My gym is working on its reopening plan. They sent us a video with some of the changes. Towels are no longer provided, there are mandatory sanitizing stations, the locker room is restricted to one person per section (there are about 4 sections) and the pool will only be for socially distanced lap swimming, no aqua classes. Masks must be worn in any common areas. There will be social distances between equipment, and an area for intense exercisers (whatever that is). There will be contactless sign in procedures, temperature screening and everyone will have to answer Covid questions upon entry. In the video, ventilation was not addressed, which is my big concern. I am sure they will limit capacity, and I think they will have closures for deep cleaning during the day.

Like another poster, I have found some wonderful trainers on YouTube. They are free an incorporate strength, cardio and balance. I can stack workouts according to how much time I have/want to give on a given day and have been doing something 7 days a week.

I am in an older age bracket, so that puts me at risk. When my neighbor who I go to the gym with asked her doctor, an avid gym goer and thin as a rail, what his opinion was on going back, he said, "Not till there's a vaccine." My doctor when asked said to go slowly, not to be among the first to return.

My gym is going to freeze memberships for up to 3 months and then continue on a case-by-case basis. If when they re-open three months later, Covid is still in the picture, I will probably not renew. I definitely miss spin and using the treadmill and elliptical, but it is not worth the risk to me. I have not even been doing their virtual offerings because I like the ones I found better, and I can do them at a time that works for me. Their outdoor classes are early due to the heat, but even at 7:15 A.M., it is pretty humid and hot here. I'd rather work out at home in the AC for free right now, and the $10 a class can add up to be more than the $60 I was paying as a member.

I had a great time there for the 2 years I have belonged, and I miss things the way they were. Unfortunately, that ship has sailed due to the virus.
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Old 07-25-2020, 09:00 AM
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Our gyms were never given the go ahead to open. Other counties opened, but most had to shut down again. They were requiring masks even while exercising.

The public outdoor pools have opened with lap swimming only. You must reserve a lane and get 45 mins to swim. Masks at all times when not in pool. I went a few times, but I wasnít comfortable with the free swim for the cityís daycare. They came in wearing masks, well kinda wearing them, and then they had their own part of the pool. There were 2 cohorts of kids with a line made of water noodles separating them. I was fortunately 9 lanes away. Then some little ones slipped away and put their towels down along the lane where I was swimming. Social distancing was not happening among the little people. I was rather exhausted from the 20 little ones not being masked and yelling and screaming in the pool. I made sure I scheduled my times after that when they were not there.

Since then, my friends refilled their pool and I am going there 4 days a week to swim laps. I have a gate key and tell them when Iím coming. It has been so nice!


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Old 07-25-2020, 09:05 AM
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The gyms here opened but are now closed again because of the skyrocketing Covid cases in California. I have canceled my membership because I don't think I will be able to go for at least a year.
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Old 07-25-2020, 09:08 AM
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Yes, our gym reopened at the beginning of June, and it has been wonderful! I feel so much better about myself. I was already walking in the mornings just to get out of the house, but now when the weather is nasty (rains a lot right now), I have a place to walk on the treadmill. We also have spin and yoga classes that I've gone to, and they keep everyone distanced. It's not a crowded gym, so that's never been an issue anyway.

I go back to work soon, so I'm already trying to figure out how to keep up my workouts. I know I'm exhausted in the afternoons, so I'm thinking I need to get up early and try that. We'll see..........
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Old 07-25-2020, 09:14 AM
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I have canceled my membership because I don't think I will be able to go for at least a year.
I did the same. I paid my dues while they were closed and then, when they opened, I cancelled. I feel I did my part to help them, but I won't be stepping foot in there.
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Old 07-25-2020, 09:20 AM
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My fitness center has been opened about a month now. I gave them a week to work out any kinks.

Upon entry, your temperature is taken and the Covid questions are asked if you haven’t been back yet. Otherwise, you will be asked how you’re feeling.

The first couple of weeks you checked in and we’re given a towel. Only a few lockers were open in each section in the locker room. No showers were open until last week. There are still only a few showers open now. Water fountains were not open at all until last week. Towels have been readily available the last few weeks like usual and as time goes on more lockers have been available.

A few classes started last week. I don’t think any of the water classes started but I’m not sure.

All of the trainers must wear their masks at all times. People that are working out have a mask with them but do not need to wear it while working out. So far people have been socially distancing.

However, the center has been pretty empty. We have had some hot weather so that could be one reason. Slowly the parking lot has started to fill. My fitness center has people of all ages.

As usual, you are expected to clean equipment after your use. Our wipes are better and thicker than the ones we had before. Equipment is marked for social distancing so that some are not available to use.

I see constant cleaning of equipment by staff while I’m there as well as in the locker room.

The Cafť of course is still not open.

All in all, I feel very safe going. I need to go to a place to work out. It wouldn’t do for me to do it at home because I would not do it.
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Old 07-25-2020, 09:28 AM
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DH and I only use our gym for strength training. We bicycle and swim everyday so really don't spend a considerable amount of time in there when we go. Ours has always had strict sanitizing protocols and they have stepped those up. They have spaced all machines 6 to 8 ft. apart and encourage mask wearing when entering and when moving from place to place. Staff all wear masks.

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Old 07-25-2020, 10:45 AM
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I was able to go for about 3 weeks before gyms were all shut down once again. I bypassed the gym and only used the outdoor pool. Now the closure has been extended along with bars and water parks.
Casinos however may remain open!
A few of us go to friends that have a pool and swim and gab all the while staying a few feet away. It is one of the things that has helped the last 4 months.
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Old 07-25-2020, 10:58 AM
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I haven't seen any gyms open around here, although the climbing place recently opened, with just a few people allowed in at a time, and one person per section of the gym.

(I've never been in there, I just walk through the parking lot on my way to work and I was recently surprised to see that there were people parking there and heading in. So I looked it up to see what was up with that.)

Wait, I just looked up the gym that's in the same parking lot, and I guess it actually did open about a week ago. Every time I've walked past it during the last week, it's been closed as far as I could tell. I looked up their precautions and they are asking those who come to come at off times to help manage the number of people They don't have a lot listed in the way of protection and management of people, but they do ask people to stay 6 feet apart. I think the climbing gym feels safer!
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Old 07-25-2020, 11:06 AM
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I went a few weeks back, after they'd been opened about a month. Nothing had changed. No additional cleaning protocols. No mandatory 6ft spacing. No masks. I also know the owners don't really believe in COVID.

So I quit.

I am still assuming I will go back at a later date, but who knows when that will be.
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Old 07-25-2020, 05:51 PM
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My friend and I have gone to the gym together five days a week for four years straight. The gym experience had become worse over the years. Over time, we noticed more rude jerky people. You know, the kind that sweat all over and don't wipe down after themselves or walk away leaving massive weights on machines. The worst is my friend has an intense scent allergy and two members literally ran us out! We began having to exercise at 3:30 in the morning just to avoid these gym issues. Sleep deprivation kind of canceled out health benefits. In our town, there is only one fitness center.

We realized that we will not feel comfortable returning to the gym until there is a vaccine for Covid 19. And that is ok. During the summer we walk, ride bikes, mow and such. Winter is coming on so...we just ordered ourselves a brand new 12x24 shed! We are creating our own gym. No stinky people! No sweaty men! Privacy and we can talk freely and work out at reasonable times of day. Yes, it is going to cost $$$$. But we are near retirement and are extremely low maintenance in all other ways. Our health is priceless.
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Old 07-25-2020, 09:21 PM
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My gym closed permanently because of covid related financial issues
They offered to transfer membership to one of their other locations but I really didn't want a 35 minute drive to get there each time. So I just cancelled my membership. Truthfully I don't think I'd be ready to go back to a gym anyway, even with equipment spread out out and smaller classes. It's still a bunch of random people in an indoor space, touching (and breathing over) the same equipment. Plus, hard to work out with a mask.

However, like others have said, there are great workout videos on youtube. I found a set of beginner yoga ones I really like.
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Old 07-25-2020, 10:54 PM
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I started working on weight loss January 1. I started with just counting calories and getting my 10,000 steps in daily with the intention to add in exercise later- didn't want to do too much at once. Now it's obviously much later . First of all, the $10 per month gym I planned to join "later" closed permanently due to covid related financial issues, so that makes me nervous.

I then realized there is a planet fitness pretty close by, and I've hemmed and hawed about checking that out. Gyms are only open at 25% capacity here, so I wonder if it's a huge hassle with having to wait to get in and such. I'm also pretty sure you have to wear a mask while exercising even, and that would be extremely uncomfortable. I also worry that they'll just close again with cases really on the rise.

OTOH, I'd love to have somewhere else to go that's not the grocery store. And obviously the exercise would be good for me. Teachers go back in less than 2 weeks now so I'll probably wait and see how that plays out. When I'm working again I may not care as much about having other things to do. And if I really want to exercise I know there's tons of free stuff on youtube...it's more that the only exercise I even semi like is steady state cardio like an elliptical machine.
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