Pubs to reopen before gyms? It makes no sense

With cinemas, pubs and hairdressers all allowed to resume business on 4 July, those within the health and leisure sector fully expected to follow the same timeline.

Here at Kelsey Kerridge, we have been ready for re-opening for weeks, after following industry and government guidelines to the letter. Our workforce was ready to welcome people back, social distancing restrictions are carefully planned and the entire place is – and will always be – cleaned to the strictest standard of hygiene we can attain. Continue reading

COVID Update – JULY 2021

COVID-19 Up-date

Last up-dated:         20th August 2021

Roadmap out of Lockdown

Step 4 – From 19th July the following can resume:

  • All other areas can re-open
  • No legal limit on social distancing
  • Will be a risk assessment-based approach

Step 3 – From 17th May the following can resume:

  • Group exercise and fitness classes
  • ‘Organised’ sport for clubs affiliated with their governing body of sport
  • Informal sport with one other household of within the ‘rule of six’

 Step 2 – From 12th April the following can resume:

  • Gyms for individual use
  • One-to-One PT sessions can commence
  • Group exercise NOT allowed until Step 3 (no earlier than 17th May)
  • Climbing walls can re-open
  • Indoor sports same households or support bubble only – Badminton & Squash etc
  • Indoor sports are allowed for the under 18’s
  • All Covid-secure guidelines must be followed

Staff and customers are required to follow the guidance and measures in place to make our facilities as safe as possible:

General

  • If you or anyone of your household have COVID-19 symptoms you must stay away from the Sports Centre and follow Government guidelines
  • From 19th July we ask that you still wear a face mask whilst moving around the Centre. Covid 19 has not gone away so please respect other users and our staff by continuing to follow the guidance.  Staff will continue to wear a face mask while moving around the centre
  • NHS QR code posters are still displayed so individuals have the option to check in
  • The track and trace book remains in place so individuals who do not have the NHS App have the option to check in, these details will only be kept for 21 days
  • Maintain social distancing – some banners, posters & signage remain in place to encourage caution. Staff are still maintaining social distancing where possible
  • Regular cleaning of hands – Cleanliness/hygiene protocol signage displayed throughout the facilities
  • Sanitiser stations are installed in appropriate locations
  • We have an enhanced cleaning regime
  • Ventilation system to remain turned up, the dampers left fully open, filters changed regularly, and doors propped open where necessary

Reception

  • Protection screens are installed around the reception desk to protect both staff and customers
  • Queue management – 2m spacing markings on the floor from outside the entrance remains in place to encourage caution
  • Sanitiser station located in the reception area
  • Please use card/contactless payment method if possible
  • Your membership card will NOT be swiped by the receptionist. Please have your membership number ready so they can type your number in manually

Changing Rooms / Toilets

  • Showers are back open
  • Toilet area – Disinfectant spray bottles for customers to wipe down areas touched

Free Weights Gym

  • Disinfectant spray bottles for customers to wipe down equipment after use
  • Sanitiser station located within the gym
  • We will continue to monitor numbers and will reduce capacity if necessary. This will be reviewed along with case numbers

Outlooks Gym

  • Disinfectant spray bottles for customers to wipe down equipment after use
  • Sanitiser station located within the gym
  • Hot Tub & Sauna are back open
  • We will continue to monitor numbers and will reduce capacity if necessary. This will be reviewed along with case numbers

Fitness Classes

  • At present we are operating a reduced timetable
  • Classes have been moved back into the Studio and Fenners
  • Classes will minimise the need to share equipment
  • Bring your own mat for Yoga & Pilates if possible
  • Equipment (including mats etc) will be cleaned in between use
  • We will continue to monitor numbers and will reduce capacity if necessary. This will be reviewed along with case numbers

Climbing Wall

  • Climbers will no longer need to book
  • Disinfectant spray bottles for customers to wipe down the campus board and pull up bar after use
  • We will continue to monitor numbers and will reduce capacity if necessary. This will be reviewed along with case numbers

Main Hall / Sports / Bookings

  • All sports and activities can return with no restrictions
  • Bring your own rackets and bats if possible

Fitness for office workers

Office workers will often arrive at their desks by 9am in the morning and then sit for three to four hours with little or no walking during that time. Lunchtimes may also include eating at the desk. Then it is back for another long period in a seated position.

The impact of this can be catastrophic on the health of office workers. Carpal tunnel syndrome, spinal injury, repetitive strain, arthritis and bursitis, circulatory problems, neck and back tension, spinal disc degeneration – these are just some of the issues that arise for people who sit for prolonged periods of time. Continue reading

Train like a luge athlete

To celebrate the success of our British Luge team at the Winter Olympics, we have put together a training schedule for potential luge athletes. While having a go, just take a second to imagine what Yarnold, Deas and Parson put their bodies through. All at Kelsey Kerridge offer our huge congratulations to the GB Luge team. Continue reading

Keeping fit while raising a family

Keeping fit while raising a family is a challenge that many people are facing right now. Lost sleep, demands on your time, demands on your attention, let’s face it, going to the gym and keeping your body at peak fitness is hardly at the top of your priorities when you are also being mum or dad. But there isn’t any reason why you can’t get some exercise in during your child-raising years, it is just a matter of compromise and imagination. Continue reading

Spinning a success story

The benefits of spinning are there for all to see: low impact on the joints, high cardio rate – spinners work at 75-96% of their maximum heart rate, great music to take your mind off the pain and no slippery roads or irate car drivers to negotiate on your bike. Continue reading

Running your way to fitness

Our latest article focuses on the exercise that is the simplest and, to my mind, the most effective way of keeping fit and healthy – running.

Whatever your level at the moment, running is an activity which always offers room for personal improvement as well as new challenges. Continue reading