Once upon a time, gym-goers conveniently went to the gym and had enjoyable workouts. But then, coronavirus happened.
Gyms and leisure centres not just islandwide, but throughout the globe, were affected as they were forced to shut down and remain closed for months. All of us who frequented the gym, especially the gym rats, would have found ourselves exercising gloomily at home with no proper equipment at our disposal.
However, just when all hope seemed to be lost, gyms are gradually opening up again as the Singapore government announced the beginning of Phase 2. That’s amazing news, as we can finally hit the gym and go back to our gym workouts.
But, the question remains for many fitness fanatics amongst us. Will post lockdown gym sessions be the same as before?
In this blog, we are going to show how gyms will look different from what they used to be before the coronavirus lockdown, along with all the safety protocols and social distancing guidelines that have been put in place.
1. Planning And Booking Gym Sessions Way In Advance.
Before: No matter what time it is, morning or evening, you can always arrange a gym session into your schedule whenever you want. Certain gyms in Singapore are also open 24/7, so you can literally pop by in the middle of the night as well.
After: Things are not as simple as they used to be. You will be required to do prior planning and booking of your gyms. For instance, you will have to get a pass for your gym way in advance so that you get a slot. This stems from having to socially distance, hence gyms cannot be accommodating more than a certain number of people.
You will also need to do the SafeEntry Check-In via scanning the QR code for contact tracing. Your gym might also have shifted to contactless payment, so do check with them before heading there.
2. Temperature Checks.
Before: Enter the gym, say hi to the members and staff of the gym, and begin your workout. All of this can be done in a matter of seconds.
After: Well, it could take you more than a couple of minutes now to get to your workout. One of the most obvious symptoms of COVID-19 is high body temperature. As such leisure centres across the country are following strict protocols of taking the temperature of every visiting individual.
You will have to continue wearing masks to the gym and expect your temperature to be taken and recorded before entering by the gym staff. There could even be a line at peak hours or at a popular gym.
3. Gyms Will Be Less Crowded Than Before.
Before: A gym is one of the most motivating environments to be in. You can see a good number of people training hard, some along with their personal trainers, and that in itself motivates many.
After: But with the coronavirus amongst us, that scene has become a thing of the past. With the increasing importance of social distancing, many gyms have put in place a quota for the number of people allowed to train at any given time. It’s the same for swimming pools at leisure centres as well.
While the benefit of a smaller crowd is less waiting time for gym equipment, it will definitely feel a little strange and quiet not having so many people around.
4. A Different Gym Setting.
Before: Gyms house a whole range of equipment targeting different muscle groups for you to use. Each space in the gym is utilised for maximum efficiency and productivity for members.
After: The entire floor plan of your gym may have been tweaked to facilitate safe distancing and exercising. For instance, some gym equipment like treadmills may be unplugged and stored away, creating more empty space. For certain gyms, the saunas and steam rooms may still remain closed until further notice.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise at all when the outlook of your gym has undergone a mini-makeover during the post lockdown phase.
5. Group Fitness Classes Will Be Held Online.
Before: You can join your favourite fitness class at your gym with all the other gym members together. Just book your class at your convenient timing and have an intense and fun fitness session.
After: All your favourite group fitness classes like Zumba, yoga, pilates, kickboxing, tap dancing and many more, have come to an abrupt halt. The sheer size of these classes poses a huge risk of the spread of coronavirus as fitness instructors and members come in close contact with each other.
While some gyms plan to hold fitness classes in smaller numbers, most gyms and personal trainers are going digital. They are holding live fitness sessions online through various digital platforms, like Zoom, where members can log in to follow and break a sweat.
With such an uncertain future, these online sessions provide a means to stay fit and healthy.
While the COVID-19 has affected many industries and closed down many businesses, gyms are fast adapting to these challenging times to continue providing value to its members. Many gyms are slowly starting to open up through Phase 2 to cater to fitness needs.
King of Strength is one of those gyms that is responding strongly to the crisis. Being one of the favourite boxing gyms of many, KOS has taken all the necessary precautions and steps to ensure members’ safety. Like others, KOS has also opened up during Phase 2 and is now open for people to come and train like a boxing champion!