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August 14, 2020
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What to expect now that gyms are open

After nearly 100 days of being closed, gyms Downtown are starting to reopen their doors to the public. Fitness fanatics have been eager to get back to the gym, but there’s still lingering hesitation as everyone has different comfort levels when it comes to being in public spaces.

“Those who have chosen to come back have been completely supportive and respectful of everything we have implemented,” says Tamera Rude, director of operations at Xtherapy located on 103 Street. “We tried to cast the biggest net and make sure we had options for people who want to ease in.”

From virtual at-home spin classes to outdoor HIIT at the Legislature grounds, Xtherapy is doing what they can to keep up with the rapid changes and client’s needs. “We opened with a conservative schedule but we’ve been consistently adding and our attendance is consistently increasing each week” says Rude.

And like so many businesses have learned sometimes there needs to be infrastructure changes to allow for social distancing protocols. Xtherapy adjusted their class schedule to allow thorough cleaning between classes, have temporarily closed off congested areas such as the showers and even knocked down a wall to combine two rooms to allow for enough space between class participants. This is just a few measures implemented by Xtherapy to keep members safe and comfortable.

Champs Boxing Studio is another facility that opened recently. They’ve increased sanitization between classes, limited their class sizes to allow proper distancing and no longer rent boxing gloves. You have to purchase them now.

Crunch Fitness on Jasper Avenue has implemented contactless check-in for their members, encourages people to wear masks (even while working out) and cleans and disinfects high traffic areas, equipment and other surfaces regularly. They’ve also installed new sanitization stations for members to use anytime they wish.

Getting back to your workout routine can feel overwhelming right now, but rest assured your Downtown Edmonton gyms have been going above and beyond to make sure everyone who walks through their doors feels safe. If you’re still not comfortable stepping foot through the doors, don’t fret as the majority of facilities offer virtual options. Check their websites or social media accounts for up to date info.

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