Coronavirus: Winnipeg gyms forecast ‘very busy’ month with increased restrictions – Winnipeg

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This weekend could very well be the last Saturday and Sunday of the year when Winnipeg’s gyms and fitness centers can operate at half capacity.Fitness facilities are reduced by 50% to 25% under the province’s new red-level restrictions, which take effect Monday at 12:01 am.

Also starting Monday, anyone training in Winnipeg will have to pre-train their reps with a mask. Previously, masks could be removed in gyms while participating in physical activity.

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“It’s going to make us busier,” says Megan Gabert, owner of Orangetheory Fitness’s Bridgewater and Sage Creek locations.

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The lobby at the Orangetheory location in Bridgewater on Saturday October 31, 2020.


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“We have the same number of members who want to train and less space to set them up. So we had to add more classes, which from a business perspective actually adds to our overhead. ”

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Its sites reopened at the end of June following a three-month shutdown at the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Having to spend more money to cover extra classes, Gabert says she’s just glad they don’t have to shut down anymore.

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“So many people said how much they need to be here, want to be here, so happy we’re not closed, saying they really need to work out and need to do fitness a priority in their life.

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Masks will become “must-haves” with the change in capacity, which the Brickhouse Gym in Winnipeg has been getting used to for over a month.

Brickhouse Gym owner Paul Taylor coaches a client during a workout.

Brickhouse Gym owner Paul Taylor coaches a client during a workout.


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“We have been implementing the masks for a month; the only difference is now, if you’re doing a really tough set and want to take it off temporarily, you just have to keep it, ”said Paul Taylor, owner of Brickhouse’s Route 90 and Gertrude Avenue locations.

At Orangetheory, Gabert says they provide members with a unique device to be placed under masks to aid breathing.

A silicone piece that goes under your mask offered to Orangetheory members.

A silicone piece that goes under your mask offered to Orangetheory members.


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“They run over your nose and your mouth. … They’re worn with your mask, so it just holds your mask away from your nose and mouth so you don’t suck it in while you work.

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Restrictions on gyms will be in place until at least November 16, in line with recommendations from public health officials.

“It’s going to be difficult to have our standard 24/7 access, I don’t know if it will work temporarily. Some people will likely need to reserve their seats at least during peak hours and they will need to keep their workouts a bit shorter, ”Taylor said.


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