From the very soft tones of Psycle’s “listen to your body”, to F45’s “CORONAVIRUS***URGENT” approach, how has Coronavirus affected your workout? We asked the DOSE team…
“I just did a 1Rebel class and trainers have been advised to ‘fist pump’ rather than ‘high five’ all participants after the class. Last night I went to a Digme class that was meant to have drinks and nibbles afterwards but they cancelled them for hygiene reasons. Lots of studios e.g. The Light Centre, Milo & The Bull, Fly Ldn have been sending me emails about hygiene”, says Rosie.
“I haven’t seen much change in occupancy in any classes I have attended or taught”, says Shara. “People are definitely cleaning studios more and many have e-mailed their databases to say this. Mostly I have just noticed people washing their hands a lot more.”
BLOK is keen to point out just how powerful its sanitiser is: “Extra hand sanitiser is being supplied to all studios, which unlike regular hand gel features Bio-Armour24 Technology to protect against 99.9% of germs, including MRSA and Norovirus”. In addition “all small towels will be removed after each class to be cleaned”. Hang on, they weren’t already?
“I think Coronavirus has provided an opportunity for studios to reconnect with their communities to show that they care about their health, reaffirm their mantra of health and wellbeing and the importance of listening to the body”, says Martin. “The gyms and studios that I have been to; Core Collective Knightsbridge, Puregym, Milo and Bull and Crossfit Putney, classes have continued to thrive. But the studio response has been varied, somewhat entertaining and some sounding too direct and maybe neglectful in hindsight. A trust test of the art of communication”, he says.
He goes on. “F45 Kensington and Olympia perhaps could have put some more thought into a rushed email entitled “CORONAVIRUS***URGENT”, which opened with: “As a responsible provider, we have a duty of care to ensure the safety of members and trainers within our setting. You may be aware gyms can harbour a lot of germs, but even with professional cleaning we cannot take any risks.”
Foundry took a more comedic approach. “The first thing to stress is that the serious job of collecting gains at The Foundry is still very much business as usual; but we do quite like you, so our number one priority is the welfare of our members and coaches”.
Psycle took the peace and calm approach, by communicating ‘Your Health Comes First”, continuing to commemorate their commitment to hygiene, health and wellbeing with: “We take pride in the environments that we create and our goal is to ensure that we continue to offer spaces that promote wellbeing. If you’re feeling unwell or show signs of symptoms, please consider taking the time to rest before returning to class.”
In other news, where has all the pasta and toilet roll gone? The panic stockpiling has hit the capital. Aisles sold out across London last week on home essentials and of course anything disinfectant related.
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Hettie is the editor and co-founder of DOSE. A keen runner, she’s also partial to a blast of high-intensity and hot yoga. A country girl at heart, she divides her time between London and the lush rolling hills of North Devon. When she’s not jetting off on her next adventure, Hettie can be found in a candle-lit alcove with a laptop, a spaniel and a full bodied Malbec.