Workout enthusiasts head back to gym

Lyna Mohamad

Gyms and fitness centres across the country are now able to accommodate more users, but with strict health regulations in place.

This comes with the gradual easing of restrictions for the second phase of the de-escalation plan, announced by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar
last Saturday.

The facilities are required to operate at 60 per cent capacity with a one-hour limit per person and a space of two metres apart during workout sessions to maintainsocial distancing.

Gym users are reminded to wash their hands before and after exercising, while facility owners must ensure a thorough cleaning of the premises and equipment on a daily basis.

Head of Training at DG Gym Muhammad Saadi @ Wadud bin Haji Abu Bakar said that the increase from 30 to 60 per cent capacity has enabled fitness enthusiasts to resume their workouts, although within a limited time.

Gym facilities are required to operate at 60 per cent capacity with a one-hour limit per person and a space of two metres apart during workout sessions. PHOTO: RAHWANI ZAHARI

“The one-hour limit for each person may be too short for some, but I am pleased to say that users are obeying the regulations without any fuss,” he said.

“We believe that once this situation subsides, everything will return to normal again, but for now we will just comply with rules and regulations issued by the government, to lower the risk of infection and overcome this pandemic together.”

One gym member told the Bulletin, “Those who frequently workout may be a bit disappointed with the restrictions, but it’s better than nothing at all.

“This won’t last long. Most importantly, it is for our well-being, as well as that of our families and the people around us.”