IT’S NO race, of course, but it’s safe to say that the fitness industry was among the hardest hit by the quarantine.
It was among the last businesses to reopen under the government’s stringent quarantine rules. But, finally, after three months of uncertainty, the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Diseases finally gave the green light for gyms in areas under Modified General Community Quarantine to throw open their doors.
It’s definitely a welcome development for fitness buffs everywhere.
Nevertheless, concerns remain. How will the gym — an enclosed space packed with sweaty individuals — guarantee the safety of its members when they go back to their exercise routiens after lockdown?
To answer that question, SPIN Life previously interviewed Mark Ellis, CEO of Evolution Wellness Philippines, well before the IATF announcement on the new normal for gyms.
Evolution Wellness Philippines runs the Fitness First and Celebrity Fitness chains in the country.
But video journalist Kim Gan checked in with Ellis again in the wake of the announcement to get his thoughts and more concrete plans on the gym safety.
In an interview, Ellis detailed to Gan the specific action plans the company's gyms have in place. These include contactless check-ins, the presence of “wellbeing marshals”, and enforced social distancing. The company will still go hard on its digital initiatives, like a dedicated app, so that members can complement their gym sessions with home workouts.
Through these steps, Ellis hopes that Pinoy fitness buffs will be able to head back to the gym and “get that social interaction [...] and professional guidance.”
Watch the interview below: