Fitness: What will gyms look like when they reopen?


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“Will it be three metres or four metres instead of the current two? I’m not sure, but a policy needs to be developed,” said Tetro.

That means every second cardio machine will likely be unused, or Plexiglas barriers will be installed between machines. And all the heavy lifters won’t be congregating around the squat rack or lifting platforms waiting to work in a set.

As for all the portable exercise equipment — dumbbells, barbells, kettlebells, skipping ropes, medicine balls and so on — there will almost certainly be no more communal use.

Gym owners and managers will likely create appropriately distanced individual workout pods, marked by tape on the floor, that include enough equipment to perform a basic workout. The pods, along with the cardio machines — treadmills, ellipticals and stationary bikes — will probably need to be reserved in advance.

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