By Laura Profit, Vice President of Fitness, HiTONE Fitness
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt daily life around the world, many people are trying new ways to stay in shape. Some states have not yet reopened gyms; in some areas, newly reopened gyms have led to hundreds of people potentially being exposed to the coronavirus. Group fitness classes in particular are under scrutiny and those that have begun often require intense precautions.
The HiTONE Fitness solution: offer group fitness classes outdoors with appropriate social distancing, high attention to disinfection using little to no equipment removing the risk of cross-contamination between participants.
At HiTONE Fitness, we take our members’ safety seriously and won’t take any shortcuts.
Experts agree that while no activity is completely safe, outdoor workouts can significantly reduce risks.
Classes that involve yelling or face to face interaction have been found to have the greatest risk for spreading COVID due to the virus being found in saliva droplets. HiTONE has carefully selected its selection of outdoor formats to remove any face to face contact with its participants. In addition, all HiTONE Fitness instructors are equipped with microphones and sound systems to prevent the need for yelling instructions to participants.
HiTONE has embraced the gold standard of social distancing. Participants are spaced more than 6 feet apart on all sides. In addition, anything a participant might touch is wiped down with antibacterial wipes and then sprayed with an antibacterial spray. Before entering the workout space, participants have their temperatures checked and are asked to sanitize their hands.
We recognize the need for fitness in people’s lives. It’s important that we keep people physically safe while understanding the role that physical fitness plays in mental health. It’s important to us that we provide a safe, clean space for people that look to group formats for their workouts.
For Further information about the measures that we’re taking to create a safe, indoor space, please go to our Health Safety page.