While the fitness industry is most commonly known to improve physical health, its many other benefits and good deeds typically go unrecognized. This week, we spotlight fitness brands—and consumers—that are taking a stand in the fight against COVID-19. Then, we’ll look at a brand new workout regimen, and a wellness center targeted to assist those with neurological disorders. Plus, an update regarding the European Union’s tariffs on U.S. fitness equipment and other goods.
Gym Reworks Layout & Services to Assist COVID Survivors
Long COVID can impact those who had COVID—whether they were asymptomatic or had a mild case—weeks after infection. Energyze Gym and Fitness Centre in Colchester, England, revamped its facility to serve those who had coronavirus and those living with Multiple Sclerosis, reports the Daily Gazette. On top of personal training, fitness classes, strongman training, a martial arts center, and a ninja obstacle course, the gym now features unique COVID-19 rehabilitation programs and a distinct MS training area. Ray Rowley, an Energyze personal trainer, said, "We recognise gyms can be a daunting prospect for those with restricting physical capabilities so we have designed a special area to make training much easier for them.”
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Gym-goer Creates Workout Space in a Storage Container
As health and fitness clubs in the area had to close, Ryan Pandolfi, a Brandon, Canada-based mental health advocate, acted fast to build a small gym in a storage container. Pandolfi has been sober for three years and credits daily visits to Anytime Fitness Brandon, an IHRSA member, for keeping him clean and mentally healthy. "A lot of people come to us because they need that added support because they need a trainer to make sure they do that, or even extra guidance,” said Anytime Fitness Brandon Owner Amber White. “It’s not as easy for everyone to just get up and exercise at home." Although the storage container helps, for now, Pandolfi told The Brandon Sun, "I just pray they open back up ... it’s not where I’d like to be in June."