Gyms To Reopen Soon—What To Expect
As part of the group of businesses permitted to operate in the third phase of eased COVID restrictions, gyms will soon be reopening their doors to clients after two months of closure. However, don't expect for training to go back to normal just yet. To prevent the spread of the virus within the facilities, gyms will have to implement new safety measures that may include things like limited occupancy and frequent sanitising of surfaces and equipment. Tatler Thailand talks to two of the most popular fitness studios in town, BASE and Physique57, to get a sense of what gymming post-lockdown will look like.
BASE is a premium HIIT and strength studio offering both group classes and personal training. Named ClassPass' Best Studio in 2020, they have expanded to Sathorn and Chit Lom from their original Thonglor studio. We chat with founder and CEO Jack Thomas on what to expect with all three BASEs' reopening.
What new safety measures will be put in place once you reopen?
Temperature checks, compulsory mask usage by staff and members when not training, and no physical contact. There will also be compulsory use of high-alcohol hand gel upon entry. Hand gels will also be available in various spots around the studio, and there will be contact tracing amongst other measures you can find in detail here.
Will you offer private classes, groups classes?
This depends on government regulation, but we will start classes again with longer breaks in between classes for cleaning. We'll also have to limit the number of people that can attend a class and redesign our class formats to limit contact and sharing of equipment.
In the case of group sessions, how many people will be admitted?
We will start with half our class size—so around 10-12 people—when we open. Coupled with high ceilings and big studios, this will help us create a very safe space to train in
BASE is currently offering a buy one, get one free promotion on personal training trials, which works out at 2,900 baht for two sessions. They are also offering 20 per cent off their online training platform, BASE Anywhere, which will continue after they open to serve people who aren't comfortable with returning to gyms yet.
2/2 Physique 57
Offering 57-minute workout sessions that will strengthen and stretch every muscle group in your body, Physique 57 uses a combo of isometric movements, ballet barre and body weight for resistance training.
With different branches across the city, Physique57 will start welcoming customers back at their Erawan location first, monitoring the situation and regulations cautiously before opening all of their branches. The new safety measures will include deep-cleaning procedures with top-grade disinfectants and ozone generators. All dumbbells, balls, mats and barres will be disinfected after every class. Hand sanitisers will be available throughout the studio, and classes will be limited to a maximum of 10 people to ensure safe distance between clients. Temperature checks will also be implemented on both staff members and clients. Staff are checked before each shift.
With the reopening of the Erawan studio comes several promotions, including attractive newcomer deals like two classes for 1,400 baht or 40 per cent off on drop-in class rates. For existing clients, there's a special re-opening package of 12 classes (six in-studio and six virtual) for 6,000 baht, valid for two months.
For those who want to keep working out at home, Baan 57 is Physique57's online barre community, a closed Facebook Group offering virtual barre classes via Zoom.
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