On Friday, February 12 gyms in Manitoba were allowed to reopen.
Glow Fitness for Women was delighted to be back in the gym.
"Our goal with our Covid procedures was to make them so seamless and integrated that you don't have to think about it. We want our members to be able to come to Glow, get moving, and get their mind off pandemic stress while they are here. It only takes one session to notice the effect on your wellbeing." says Katie Hartle, owner of Glow Fitness.
Covid protocals are integrated - tracking and surveillance systems are built into the gym's software.
The air is kept fresh with an hvac system that pipes fresh air into the space from outside.
Distancing measures and cleaning are woven into the updated experience.
Hartle notes that getting everyone moving in one direction is nothing new at Glow, as they have a circuit of strength machines and cardio setup, "Everyone moves in one direction already!"
Being a 24/7 facility allows their members to come anytime, allowing traffic to space out.
Members typically spend 30 minutes to 60 minutes at Glow, either on a treadmill, doing the strength machines in the circuit, stretching, or yoga.
The hydraulic-based strength machines are time-saving, two sets of opposite muscle groups can be strengthened at once, and a full-body circuit session takes 30 minutes.
"Our members come and get their workouts in and out very efficiently, which helps keep our 25% capacity rules met." says Hartle.
And for those who can't come back to the gym yet?
"We have a program we call, "Virtual Glow." We film from our yoga room. We have live classes with our instructors on Zoom - and yes - we offer tech support!"
The Virtual Glow program includes a gentle pilates, a faster-paced 30 minute "home circuit", meditation, and a variety of yogas. Everything is designed for all-levels, and beginner friendly.
Glow members who don't wish to attend the Virtual program or the gym can also choose to freeze their memberships until they are ready to resume their workouts.
The Glow circuit workout gives you a full strength workout, just like lifting weights, but without the weight. Glow's machines use a hydraulic resistance system that responds differently to each person who uses it. This makes it a safe workout for women of all ages and fitness levels.