Despite some hesitancy, Bordertown gym goers are happy to get back into routine

OPENED: In 2 Health owner Kerrie Cleggett said the announcement of recent restrictions has caused plenty of confusion among members.
OPENED: In 2 Health owner Kerrie Cleggett said the announcement of recent restrictions has caused plenty of confusion among members.

South Australia's recent seven-day lockdown resulted in many people having their fitness routines changed massively, but there is some good news.

While gyms and other indoor fitness centres have reopened, current restrictions and hesitancy has seen some people wait a little longer to return, while others have jumped at the chance to continue their routine.

When visiting a gym or indoor fitness centre, members must keep a density requirement of one person per eight square metres, and wear a mask if they are not exercising.

In 2 Health owner Kerrie Cleggett explained the announcement of recent restrictions has caused plenty of confusion among members.

"There is an immense amount of confusion from members. I have been inundated with emails, phone calls and messages asking plenty of questions," she said.

"They are asking things like; do they need to wear a mask and what is classed as vigorous exercise - the confusion has been vast, which then puts a bigger workload onto the business owner."

Despite the confusion, loyal gym goers have welcomed the opportunity to return to the gym, and although it has only been two days, everyone is abiding by the strict rules.

"That has not been smooth, but as far as people wanting to get back in the gym, we have seen people wanting to get back," Kerrie said.

"Everyone is doing the right thing. They are wiping down the machines after using them and social distancing which has been really good to see."

Kerrie said it was great to see the return of many familiar faces, but understands that it may take some time before certain members return.

Despite the hesitancy, history has shown that the Bordertown-based gym has never had to worry about the threat of crowdedness.

"Understandably, there are some people who are still quite nervous around the place, so we might not see full capacity for a while, unfortunately," Kerrie said.

"We can have around 24-25 people in the gym at one time, which never occurs anyway, so that restriction hasn't been a problem in the gym."

The only aspect of the gym that might suffer from the current restrictions is the many fitness classes the gym runs.

"In the class room for Pilates and Zumba it is a problem, because for those two classes we need to shut the room off which creates a smaller space and forces us to bring our numbers down," Kerrie said.

The reopening of gyms and fitness centres has just not made residents happier, it will arguably make them healthier, which is welcomed after a dismal seven-day lockdown.

While many people are glad that they are able to return to some sort of normality, countless residents will be hoping that restrictions continue to ease over the coming weeks.