This hasn’t been the best weekend for many of us. Days “off” are not always days off. Thanks to all our well-connected and resourceful members! This weekend I’ve been advocating for clear communication and fair treatment. It is a very confusing time to be in the fitness industry.
We want to be compliant and to be seen to be compliant with the safety standards deemed best for slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Vancouver. It is not my place to say what these measures should entail, my responsibility is putting the suggested standards into practice and making sure that we remain compliant.
The trouble arises when the expectations and standards are not well-communicated. Based on the WorkSafe BC standards for our industry I would say we are in compliance with current safety protocol requirements. In several areas we exceed the standards. And yet the order was given that by 20:00 hours November 7th 2020 all fitness group classes should cease for a 2 week period. Personal training is allowed to continue.
In compliance we promptly shifted our classes to Zoom and began lending out our equipment in earnest. And then discovered that gyms not conducting group classes, such as Steve Nash, where members work out at their own designated station, are allowed to continue operating even though as of last Tuesday masks were not even required in those gyms while our coaches and members were already wearing masks.
Based on this, some gyms are staying open. So what does this mean for us? Does it mean we could stay open if we ran Open Gyms only but held no coached classes? As many members have pointed out, the decision to close or remain open is apparently being left open to interpretation and many fitness and sports facilities have interpreted the guidelines as permission to remain open. We are consulting with our legal counsel and medical professionals to try to decipher the vague guidelines and what they mean for us. We have submitted emails to our local MLA and to both Doctors Henry and Daly asking for clarification (thanks to our Empower insiders who got me these contacts). When the WorkSafe BC COVID hotline opens Monday at 8:05am one of our team will call to get clarification from that angle.
Meanwhile I’ve gone on record with CBC News requesting clearer communication and guidelines for our industry. Thanks to Joy for the courage to be interviewed by CBC on our behalf! And thanks to one of our private members for setting that interview up for us!
And once again, thanks to our Empower team of medical professionals who have rushed to support us with messages like this one:
Emergency Physician, _____________
We are aware that different businesses are interpreting Saturday’s new guidelines in different ways and that there are a variety of ways we can navigate this which will provide our members varying levels of gym access.
I’m afraid that as in early March and late May we once again find ourselves in a rapidly changing landscape. When we have better information from WorkSafe BC and/or the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority we will adapt and modify our plan accordingly and alert you to the changes.
No doubt it is as frustrating for you as it has been for us. From what I’m hearing there is no reason to believe that circumstances are going to improve in coming weeks as cases here on the West Coast continue to rise. However last night’s restrictions are interpreted, full closure in the coming weeks may soon be a very real possibility for many sectors. Let’s brace for the worst all the while hoping that we get the green light to resume regular operations quickly!
Please make sure you register for the Zoom classes that you plan to attend so that we schedule a coach for your desired time zone. We will cut back unpopular/unused times.
Barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells or a backpack loaded with books.
1 min Full Body Rock
10 Scap Rock
5/5 1-arm scap rock
10 palms down scap rock
10/10 Scap Rotations
10 Scap Retractions
Single arm Shoulder Press
Shoulder Press 1-1-1-1-1
Push Press 3-3-3-3-3
Push Jerk 5-5-5-5-5
Pick a weight.
Max Shoulder Presses (3 points each)
Max Push Presses (2 points each)
Max Push Jerks (1 point each)
Score = total over all 5 rounds
15 Thumb Down Side Raises
30/30 Shoulder Circles Forward/Backward
10 Shoulder Overhead Raises
5/5 Forward/Backward Pistons