Working out is no sweat with Covid-19 measures

Friday March 20, 2020 Written by Published in Health
Tumuora Crossfit fitness members after a training session, mindful of keeping a metre apart. MELINA ETCHES 20031810. Tumuora Crossfit fitness members after a training session, mindful of keeping a metre apart. MELINA ETCHES 20031810.

Team sports competitions on the island may have been cancelled, but gyms throughout the country continue their exercise regimes.

Tumuora Crossfit say they have taken heed of Covid-19 precautions and have implemented social distancing at their intense sweat-out sessions.

Owner and trainer Geoff Halston said: “It feels a little eerie, and anxious on a personal front, with rent and loans, and a community to inspire.

“But we each have to play our part in these testing times.

“Praying that it never comes to the island, and is over quickly, and bringing normality back, asap.

“As a result, our gym is going to be a place where transmission will be feared – members need to understand this sooner than later,” he said.

Gyms have stayed open but are seeing fewer attendees. At Tupapa Maraerenga community gym yesterday, a lunchtime pump class that has previously attracted 10 or more people had dwindled to just three. The next class wasn’t much bigger.

At Tumuora there are now smaller class numbers (maximum 10 per class), frequent sanitising, no high fives and only foot bumps, are among the new practices in place.

“Our members understand and respect the fact that I am making an effort to continue offering a great service, but in a responsible way,” he said.

“And non-healthy people need to stay home.”

The daily workouts are posted daily on social media as a solution to keep training at home without risk to others, and improvise with their own equipment.

“While I am not a big fan of spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt amongst our community, it would be irresponsible of me not to start preparing the members now.”

“During these times of great uncertainty and stress, most of our members find that coming to classes despite what’s going on helps to recalibrate and focus.”

Tumuora Crossfit will lock down if the coronavirus is detected on the island.

1 comment

  • Comment Link Tania Short Monday, 23 March 2020 21:11 posted by Tania Short

    Waiting until it’s detected is too late. Protect your elders and stop contact now.

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