The fitness centers are ready to reopen their doors , closed since mid-March by covid-19. They only await the approval of the authorities, to which their owners have already presented prevention plans that take into account measures taken in countries like the United States. , China and Spain .
Currently, two proposals are circulating. The first was socialized by the Ecuadorian Federation of Physical Bodybuilding and Powerlifting; the second, by the Gymnastics Association , made up of about 60 centers following the pandemic.
In both the desire evidenced resume activities while maintaining strict measures of biosecurity . These include reduced capacity, thorough disinfection of facilities, and scheduled training .
With the latest measure, according to Enrique La Motta, general manager of The Wellness Group, athletes and employees will comply with the 2-meter distance, recommended by the World Health Organization.
Gone are the minutes of socializing in the gyms ; a class will last between 60 and 75 minutes. Each person will have 4 m² to train.
Those who attend the pool will have the same space, while the sauna and Turkish area will be closed, as will showers and changing tables.
That maximum training time, sports athlete Celio Romero points out , is enough for a healthy lifestyle. He maintains that the majority of people lost muscle mass and gained fat mass, and for this reason he suggests taking up training calmly, managing weights and minimum distances until conditioning the body.
In the event that time is short, he suggests continuing at home with the virtual classes that some gyms will maintain in these months.
To avoid injuries it is important to have the guide of trained personnel, who in addition to teaching the proper technique, will require the athlete to use the mask. That implement will be mandatory in the gyms of Spain, where the full reopening is scheduled for June 8.
For the gymnasium activation plan to be successful, the sportsman José Reinhart describes the support of the attendees as vital.
According to La Motta , there are around 4,000 gyms in the country , some of which have closed their doors permanently. To avoid the bankruptcy of more businesses, Christian Sarzosa , from Euforia Crossfit, promotes biosecurity guides .
Seniors will not have access to multiple gyms . The plan will be frozen if they wish.