“New normal,” a phrase the media throws around to cause shock n’ awe with the public. Does this phrase truly mean anything long lasting for gyms and health clubs? The answer is no.
A gym is full of equipment spaced apart just enough to maximize total number of machines, dumbbell racks, benches, etc. People need people close by to spot them for safety. These attributes are diametrically opposite of “social distancing”. While phase 1 (whatever that means) says people have to stay six feet or more apart and only a limited number of members inside, let’s not get into wearing masks while working out, everyone knows that is not possible. Phase 2 (whatever that means) allows for more people inside and some other freedoms to socially interact. How many phases are there? Who knows?
The reality is gyms and health clubs are social places. Close contact and body contact are standard modes of operations for members. Germs are everywhere due to constant touching of equipment, sweat, and temperature of the room. Cleaning everything by employees after each use is impossible and impractical. Self-policing by members to wipe down equipment is and has been on every gym’s rules since the dawn of time. How many people follow this rule? Not many. Sure, they will in the beginning, then taper off and back to the “old normal”. What is truly amazing is how many people are not sick with colds, flus, and viruses on a regular basis from all the shared touching. It’s called herd immunity and has worked for decades. Hmmmm, maybe there’s a lesson to learn there, but politicians, media, and “Karens” don’t want to admit this.
When gyms open their doors, social distancing rules will go out the window within a couple weeks if not days. Charging members full amounts while limiting their access is a recipe for disaster. Oh yeah, and don’t forget the number of employees needed to run a facility. You have to add those body counts into the total number allowed on premise. And one more factor, childcare. The small humans don’t take up a lot of space, but they do count towards total bodies in an area. In America, restrictions on our freedoms do not bode well. Restricting usage for a paying membership population also doesn’t bode well.
On a side note, one of the preventative measures for contracting COVID-19 needs to be gym use and nutrition counseling! It’s the elephant in the room the media isn’t addressing, go figure. Obesity + Coronavirus = DEATH.
What is the “new normal” for gym operations? There is none. Gyms will be packed shoulder-to-shoulder the first opportunity to be opened. A stampede and mutiny will happen by all the full paying members who are denied access. Time to move forward and allow the healthy population to stay healthy. The immune system of a gym goer is stronger than the average person and needs to be on the forefront of everything health related. We get sick less and for less duration because of our health condition. To truly make a difference and get the economy going, the new normal is the old normal for gyms and health clubs. Reopen them at full strength and include government encouragement to join one. It is a fact among humans and all animal populations, the strong do survive and create a stronger next generation. The CDC can’t deny and change what millions of years of earth history has shown and continues to show.
New, welcome back old. More things change, the more they stay the same.