South Canterbury fitness centres work out alert level 2

Lizelle Pelser, owner of Go Girl Physique Ltd, is preparing the gymnastics class, which will resume at Level 2 on Wednesday.

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Lizelle Pelser, owner of Go Girl Physique Ltd, is preparing the gymnastics class, which will resume at Level 2 on Wednesday.

The gyms and fitness centers in South Canterbury will be warmed up Wednesday with a modified set of Level 2 warning protocols for indoor events.

In Timaru, the director and owner of Go Girl Physique, Lizelle Pelser, said the rules this time are stricter than warning level 2 from the previous year.

“The only time you can take off the mask is during training, the other rule is a distance of two meters,” said Pelser.

“The number of people in the facility doesn’t matter as long as we can enforce the 2m rule based on the size of the facility.”

Pelser added that she attended a webinar with the New Zealand Exercise Association on Tuesday that discussed the 50-person limit, but the facilities may not be able to accommodate 50 people due to the 2-meter distance.

“But I don’t think a Timaru gym would have 50 people working out at the same time at any given time. If there are 50 people 2 meters apart, the facility must be pretty big like a stadium. “

Lizelle Pelser, owner of Go Girl Physique Ltd, said getting people in the facility to wear the masks was a challenge.

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Lizelle Pelser, owner of Go Girl Physique Ltd, said getting people in the facility to wear the masks was a challenge.

Pelser admitted that getting people to wear the masks around the facility would be a challenge.

“This will be the biggest challenge as we have had social distancing before, but wearing masks is like the rule at Air New Zealand. Now you must wear the mask, but you can remove it when you eat or drink, and it’s the same kind of “principle here, and you can only take off masks during exercise.”

Lizelle Pelser from Go Girl Physique Ltd.  sets up cones for the physical distance that must be guaranteed between members when the gyms reopen on level 2 on Wednesday.

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Lizelle Pelser from Go Girl Physique Ltd. sets up cones for the physical distance that must be guaranteed between members when the gyms reopen on level 2 on Wednesday.

Crossfit Timaru head coach Cheryl Heeley would reduce her class size to keep a 2 meter gap and said people could sign up for classes three weeks in advance.

“We have disinfection tubs so everyone can sanitize equipment before and after use,” said Heeley.

“Since we’re a Crossfit, we’re in a big shed with huge doors and we can get a lot of ventilation into our building.

Cheryl Heeley of Crossfit Timaru said the changes to level 2 for gyms were workable, like last year.

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Cheryl Heeley of Crossfit Timaru said the changes to level 2 for gyms were workable, like last year.

Heeley added that a notice had been sent to members about the protocols to be followed.

“It’s workable like we did last year and they (members) know what to do, which is good, and we have a limit of 10 people for each class.

“Members will have their own gym stations so they can stay away and have space.”

The owner of the Lucky Nine Gym, Scott Tweedie, made sure that all government required precautions were taken.

“We also told our members all about face masks, disinfection, QR codes and their class numbers so there was no overlap,” Tweedie said.

“Our classes have 10 to 15 members if they split up so they don’t have to book (online) for the classes.”

The Caroline Bay Trust Aoraki Center will monitor gym and studio user numbers to ensure they stay below the set numbers at all times.  (File photo).

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The Caroline Bay Trust Aoraki Center will monitor gym and studio user numbers to ensure they stay below the set numbers at all times. (File photo).

From Wednesday, Caroline Bay Fitness will also be accessible via the main entrance with a limit of 50 members at the same time in the gym.

Group fitness participants must collect the class access card at the contact tracing desk and present it to the trainer, with a limit of 20 in Studio 1 and 15 for RPM and Sprint classes.

Members must also wear a mask during class transitions to ensure the distance.

The water sports area at CBay is closed until Saturday due to annual maintenance.

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