What will a trip to the gym be like now? We asked four fitness industry experts

June 12, 2020 by Time Out

From June 13, gyms, fitness centres and yoga and Pilates studios in NSW will once again be welcoming back members for the first time since they were forced to close on March 23. After 12 weeks of waiting and wondering, it’s great news for fitness fans, but safety restrictions will still be in place. Gym occupancy is capped at a maximum of 100 people at any one time, and group fitness classes are limited to a maximum of ten people inside and 20 people outdoors. Far stricter hygiene standards will also be expected, with certain facilities remaining unavailable.

All this means that a trip to the gym will not be the same as it once was; there is a new normal for us to adjust to, but exactly how that will impact or challenge the way we use fitness venues from now on isn’t entirely clear. To find out, we spoke to four fitness industry experts – Asia-Pacific general manager of Mindbody Hema Prakash; Fitness Playground cofounder Justin Ashely; director of Flow Athletic gym Ben Lucas; and director of Studio Pilates Mosman Louise Hanisch – to find out what gym-goers can expect. As they explain, change isn’t always a bad thing.

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