Gold's Gym back in action

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GOLD'S Gym reopened its doors Monday, giving the public an opportunity to get back into rhythm under social distancing rules.

"We were closed for 77 days and I'm really proud of our team. We did a lot of painting: from walls, to equipment, to lockers, to kettlebells, just to name a few,” Gold’s Gym general manager Tyce Mister said.

The gym is now open from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Friday, and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. during weekends.

Members must wear a mask at all times and undergo temperature screening upon entry. Hands have to be sanitized often, and there will be touchless check-ins. Members must also bring their yoga mats.

The usual amenities at Gold's Gym will be temporarily suspended. These include water dispensers, towel service, complimentary morning coffee, shower, and sauna usage.

In addition, equipment has been moved to help members adhere to social distancing guidelines.

"A lot of our equipment was already spread apart [including] some of our benches that were in front of the dumbbells by incorporating some of our versatile benches,” Mister said. “In our cardio area we have had to spread some of the equipment apart, and unfortunately for a few machines we've had to make them non-operational to create space between equipment being used.”

Gold’s Gym would like members to avoid unnecessary contact with others by, among other things, limiting the number of occupants.

Workout duration will be limited and group exercise classes will have a limited number of participants. Some classes remain suspended.

"We are looking to start some of our less intense classes next week,” Mister said. “But our Fitness on Demand system is available most of the day.  We are also working with our instructors to find suitable class sizes and will most likely start with eight per class.”

He said Gold's Gym will continue to thoroughly clean its facility after closing and increase the number of sanitation stations.

As for memberships, billings have been frozen since March 16. "Paid-in full" memberships, both annual and short-term, will be extended based on the number of days the gym has been closed while monthly payments will be offset.

At the moment, Gold's Gym will accommodate 45 members only at a time.

But the fitness instructors of the gym are back despite the current situation. "We have an amazing team and I'm pleased that everyone is returning," Mister said. "The first couple of days have gone very smoothly and we appreciate everyone's cooperation and patience. There have been a lot of positive comments, including about the new layout of equipment. Additionally, members appreciate seeing each other take care of equipment by sanitizing and putting it away."

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