Gym junkies rejoice: lifting season is back in Roma
SINCE March, the re-purposed shed in Ben Ridge’s backyard has sat empty.
Usually, there are 24 people training at Ridgey Didge fitness every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning and afternoon during winter, but due to coronavirus restrictions he had to shut the fitness centre.
Instead, he’s spent the last two months offering one-on-one, and then small group classes in his backyard.
As of this week, a further easing of coronavirus restrictions in Queensland has meant Ridge can now host ten keen gym-goers at a time.
It has coincided with a cold snap, but Ridge said now was the right time to get back into it.
“People did use their time in being creative and finding new ways of keeping active, but I know a lot of people are excited for restrictions to lift so they can lift weights again,” he said.
“Easing of restrictions is obviously great news as it was bitter timing with the COVID stoppage as everyone was peaking towards their fitness goals at the conclusion of an eight-week challenge … it would have been great to keep the ball rolling.
“I’m training groups of ten people but that will increase in the coming weeks, I’ll still be enforcing social distancing as much as possible with bulk sanitising and cleaning of gym equipment.
“I’ll be making it clear if you’re unwell, don’t bother coming in.”
Ridge said he had missed the group environment and the vibe of having people training together.
“In saying that, it’s been great to mix it up with the one-on-one sessions, where the client has nowhere to hide,” he said.
“The first week was sold out within the hour, so there is a high demand, but I’ll be extending classes in weeks to come.”
At Snap Fitness, owner Justin Garvie was able to reopen the centre’s doors on Wednesday, after the once-bustling gym was left quiet for two months.
“The easing of restrictions did catch us off guard, but we’re glad to be reopening, there’s just a lot of restrictions around it,” Garvie said.
“We worked really hard to make sure everything was clean and ready. We want to make sure our members and staff have full safety.”
The easing of restrictions means the return of group fitness classes in the back training room, run by Giri Kumar three mornings a week.
“It’s great to get everyone back inside,” Garvie said.
Snap Fitness is allowing 20 people at a time, with bookings required for peak periods
Check out Snap Fitness Roma on Facebook for more information.