Gym turning to online workouts

Nicolette BarbasSouth Western Times
VAMPfit owner Joe Catalano said the Bunbury gym implemented strict hygiene measures as they continued to stay open amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Camera IconVAMPfit owner Joe Catalano said the Bunbury gym implemented strict hygiene measures as they continued to stay open amid the coronavirus pandemic. Credit: Nicolette Barbas

As the world prepares for social isolation, gyms and fitness studios around the country joined the list of “non-essential” services to close their doors until further notice yesterday.

With dozens of gyms in the Bunbury region, gym-buffs are having to seek alternate workout regimes.

Saddened to close the doors to his fitness empire, VAMPfit owner Joe Catalano said the staff did everything they could to keep the gym up and running.

“We were going above and beyond to ensure our cleaning procedures were at the highest level possible,” Mr Catalano said.

“I had the admin staff going around during the quite periods sanitising everything to ensure we had the highest level of hygiene we could have had.”

To help encourage members to do their bit, Mr Catalano was also handing out free VAMPfit gym towels.

“I thought that if everyone brought along their gym towel, used the sanitiser that was available and stayed hydrated we could have helped stop the spread and continue to stay fit but for now that is not an option.”

In light of the closure, World Gym Bunbury is suspending all memberships until further notice.

Owner Ryan Youngman said the gym had been following Fitness Australia protocols closely since the start of the pandemic and had been planning for this for a number of weeks.

“We will be very active through our online channels,” Mr Youngman said.

“We are launching our first live group fitness class that members can access from their living room on Wednesday.

“With more than 30 employees we are trying to do everything we can to keep our trainers in jobs and our members fit and healthy.”

The South West Sports Centre also closed its doors yesterday until further notice.

The new “stage one” restrictions came into effect yesterday and could stay in place for up to six months.

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