“If pain is preventing someone from running on the treadmill, mainstream cycling may be a better, low-impact exercise for them,” he said. “We can help to adapt to your individual needs. The key to health, and what we really focus on, is at least 180 minutes of physical activity per week. “
Summit’s team is working at reduced capacity following adjustments due to the pandemic and working harder than ever to ensure community members are achieving their fitness goals while being aware of the distancing and disinfection.
“We are really happy in the sense that we have 24,000 square meters so that we can distance people more than other clubs,” said Schmitz. “We’ve removed a whole bunch of gadgets to clean things up efficiently and effectively.”
The facility’s open layout also directs one-way traffic to help members avoid close contact with one another. Masks must be worn by everyone in the building at all times, as must a temperature control prior to entering. Hand washing and disinfection stations set up throughout the property encourage everyone to wash their hands before and after using the facilities. Disposable toiletries have been removed from locker rooms, which are cleaned every night using a COVID-specific protocol.
Another change was the introduction of online training courses. Although membership decreased overall during the pandemic, Schmitz noted that there have been some people who haven’t set foot in the gym since March but have retained their membership to take advantage of the variety of online Zoom courses on offer.