California gym sets up individual pods for socially distanced workouts

The gyms have been closed for months and fitness enthusiasts can’t wait to get back. Doing burpees in the living room just doesn’t cut it.

As lockdown measures ease around the world, some gyms have started preparing social distancing measures to curb the spread of germs.

While British gyms are set to open in July, one in California has already opened to its customers.

Inspire South Bay Fitness in Redondo Beach has reopened, placing new socially distanced individual pods.

Each ten feet tall pod contains dumbbells and exercise equipment, allowing people to work out without being exposed to others.

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Fitness lovers will get the six feet pod, which are created using shower curtains and rails, all to themselves.

To prevent a herd of customers trying to use the pods at the same time, Inspire South Bay Fitness will require people to sign up and only let in a few at a time.

Those who are reluctant to use the pods can still access workout classes via Zoom.

Gym owner Peet Sapsin announced the opening on his Instagram where he revealed it took three days to prepare.

He added that users will need to use hand sanitisers while at the gym and also have their temperatures checked upon arrival.

Each pod will also have wipes to sanitise everything before and after use.

Pete wrote: ‘We will have our sanitation and social distancing protocols in place when gyms are allowed to reopen.

‘Our class capacity will be limited but we will get creative with our program. No matter what, we’ve got your back.’

While it’s certainly a novel idea, not everyone is on board with the new measures.

One person wrote: ‘Won’t this do more harm than good? Are you sanitising the interior of the pods after each person uses them?’

Another said: ‘Good idea. The problem is if you have the AC or Fan on, this idea becomes useless.’

But others welcomed the move, saying: ‘You guys rock! Going above and beyond! Glad to see business owners who care and who are educated.’

Would you be want your own gyms to have pods like these?

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