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Saskatchewan's Return to Normal

Congratulations to all gyms in Saskatoon for showing that fitness centres can manage regulations and successfully follow the necessary guidelines to operate safely through a pandemic. As Saskatchewan prepares to lift all COVID-19 regulation, we want our members to know that we still have their safety in mind. Although it would be easiest to abandon all current COVID regulations as soon as we are permitted, we plan to continue practicing many of the procedures we've adopted during the pandemic.

 

Starting July 11, 2021

IT WILL BE OPTIONAL TO WEAR A MASK WITHIN THE FACILITY


Masks have been a point of contention for nearly 8 months; but where we can agree is that masks are not ideal for training and intense exercise.


Masks will not be mandatory in Fitness Focus.  We recommend wearing a mask while moving throughout the facility and removing it while engaged in exercise, but the choice to not to wear a mask is at your discretion.


We still ask that all members continue to acknowledge the importance of managing personal space. Maintain a minimum 6' distance from others to be respectful that not all members will be comfortable with close contact engagements. Please continue to act with consideration and empathy towards others.


Cardio equipment will remain spaced apart to allow training without encroaching on others' personal space.



CLEANING EQUIPMENT

Cleaning equipment before and after your workout is still required, this includes bars, handles, upholstery, plates and dumbbells. Sanitizing spray and laundry baskets for soiled towels are located all around the weight room, cardio and studio. Please take time to put your used rags in the laundry baskets.


Staff will continue to dedicate their efforts to extra sanitization of the equipment handles, pads and commonly touched surfaces all throughout the gym.


Take time to wipe equipment before and after you use it.  


GROUP FITNESS CLASSES

6-10 feet distance will still be observed between class participants and class sizes will continue to be limited to 9 participants.  Sanitization of equipment is still required both before use and after class.




CHILDCARE

  • Childcare is available
  • We will be limiting to 8 children at one time.  We encourage you to book in advance.
  • We will plan for reduced contact activities and removing toys that encourage group play along with removing toys with soft surfaces.

  • Children that are ill or displaying symptoms of any illness will not be permitted in the childcare.
  • We will be encouraging consistent hand washing for children.
  • We will exceed our regular amount of sanitizing with focus on high touch surface areas and toys.


We take all questions and concerns seriously.  Please contact our front staff at (306)244-6413 or email to info@fitnessfocus.ca.


COVID Measures For Fitness Focus Saskatoon

We've always made it our priority to ensure you have all the tools you need to workout the way you want in a healthy and safe environment, and this hasn’t changed. All gyms in Saskatoon have shown we can successfully navigate Covid-19 and continue to operate and provide you with all the essential amenities you need to carry on living your most healthy and active lifestyle. We hope you are all excited to get into the gym and put focus back on your physical and mental health.

 

There are new procedures in place and in short time we will all become accustom to these temporary changes.

 

Starting November 27, 2020 until further notice

MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED IN ALL PUBLIC AND SHARED SPACES


Within fitness centers; this means wearing a mask at all times when:

  • Entering and exiting the building
  • When moving between areas inside the building
  • Socializing and in common areas
  • Moving from equipment to equipment.
  • While working out


Once you’re on the gym floor your priorities should be:

  • Cleaning your equipment before and after use
  • Respecting safe distances from one another
  • Washing your hands often

 

Please remember these measures, for the most part, are not permanent and have been mandated by the Government of Saskatchewan.

 

Some Temporary Changes You’ll Be Seeing


CAPACITY

We will be monitoring member traffic and flow very closely.  We don’t required members to book a designated time to use the gym; at this time we do not intend to implement any booking systems or designated time slots.

 

This is provided members are continuing to displaying practical and safe distancing.

 

In order to avoid overcrowding we recommend that you avoid planning your workout at peak hours of 12pm and 5pm Monday through Friday.


Further, please be mindful of the direction of traffic passing the front desk.


SHOWERS AND LOCKER ROOMS

Washroom areas will remain accessible and hand washing is essential. Lockers and change area and showers are open for use with additional cleaning by our staff.  Please refrain from loitering and congregating in the change rooms.


To minimize traffic in the change rooms you may consider arriving at the gym already in your workout clothes when possible



CLEANING EQUIPMENT

Cleaning equipment before and after your workout will now require that rags be laundered after each use. Please take time to put your rags in the laundry baskets located around the gym.


Staff will be dedicating their efforts 2-3 times daily for extra sanitization of the equipment handles, pads and commonly touched surfaces.


WATER FOUNTAIN

There will be no use of the water fountain until further notice. The bottle fill station will still be available for use and we will continue to sanitize it frequently.


CHECKING-IN

Checking in will remain the same.  Using a scannable Key Tag is recommended for checking-in as this method promotes touch free access.  Please ask the staff about upgrading to a Key Tag.

 

The older system of membership card drop off is acceptable but not preferred; staff will sanitize your member card upon receiving it.

 

GROUP FITNESS CLASSES

We will take precautions to ensure minimum 6-10 feet distance between class participants.  Sanitation of your equipment is essential both before use and after class.

 

All Group Fitness classes will require that you register in advance in order for us to manage capacity. The current maximum class capacity is 9 participants at one time (plus one instructor).



CHILDCARE

  • Childcare is available
  • We will be limiting to 8 children at one time.  We encourage you to book in advance
  • Staff and parents must encourage and practice physical distancing.
  • For younger children, maintaining physical distance is less practical and the focus should be on minimizing physical contact instead.
  • We will plan for reduced contact activities and removing toys that encourage group play along with removing toys with soft surfaces.

  • Children that are ill or displaying symptoms of any illness will not be permitted in the childcare.
  • We will be encouraging consistent hand washing for children.
  • We will exceed our regular amount of sanitizing with focus on high touch surface areas and toys..


JUICE BAR

Protein shakes and food items will not be available at this time. Water and protein bars are still available for purchase.


PERSONAL TRAINING

Trainers will be available to serve clients, sessions can be done while observing physical distancing or trainers will wear masks.  Consultations can be done by phone or in person. 

 

Members Doing Their Part


Your actions and participation in these new procedures can be the difference between success and remaining under these regulations for a longer period of time.

 

Maintain your distance from others when possible

Wash your hands often and only use hand sanitizer as a supplementary method for cleaning hands.

 

TIMING YOUR WORKOUT
Peak hours for member traffic are between 1130 am to 1 pm as well as 5pm to 7pm.  Do your best to plan workout times at off-peak hours to relieve congestion in the gym and ultimately avoid a need to implement designated times for gym use.

 

We ask that you do your best to keep your workout to 90 minutes at peak times.


SANITIZING SPRAY AND CLEANING RAGS


Take time to wipe equipment before and after you use it.  This includes bars, handles, upholstery, plates and dumbbells.

 

Sanitizing spray and laundry baskets for soiled towels are located all around the weight room, cardio and studio.

 

SPACE AND DISTANCING

We have made some necessary changes by moving the locations of certain pieces of equipment as well as removing some less essential pieces of equipment in order to allow for easier movement around the gym without overcrowding.

 

Most equipment in the gym, generally allow for 6 feet between each member.  Please consider alternate exercises or using a different piece of equipment if you aren’t able to keep proper distance from others.



IF YOU FEEL UNWELL

Anytime you feel ill, it is advised you remain at home as to not put others at risk. If you do workout while you're sick or feel you are becoming sick, you can further compromise your immune system extending the duration of any illness.


We take all questions and concerns seriously.  Please contact our front staff at (306)244-6413 or email to info@fitnessfocus.ca.



Additional Step We're Taking to Keep Members Safe

  • Time spent by Staff on cleaning and sanitizing processes has been increased. 
  • We've created a comprehensive list of high traffic areas and high contact surfaces which will be given priority and increased attention.
  • Cleaners and disinfectants used will be approved by Health Canada (DIN), adequate for eliminating viruses.
  • We've eliminated some redundant equipment to allow better passage throughout all workout areas.
  • We've made hand sanitizer more readily available.
  • We've added Plexiglass dividers at the front counter. 

Your Relationship with Your Fitness Routine

Why it's so hard to stay with your workouts long term

-Fitness Focus Saskatoon-

We've all got a different reason to include exercise and fitness into our lives. Maybe it was doctor's orders that you need to make some drastic life changes. Maybe you miss feeling as good as you did back in high school. If you're already athletic, you may just want to take things to the next level. 

Whatever it is that led you down this road towards improving or maintaining your personal health and fitness, there's one thing that we all have in common, which is that when we started we all had some sort of goal or outcome in mind. Treat your relationship with your workout like you would any other relationship in your life. At some point you may ask yourself, "am I getting what I need?"; so it's important to remember that what you get out of it will likely depend on what you put in.

What's the reason we give up on our gym regimen? 

Anybody that's ever started a workout plan likely never thought to themselves about whether or not they were going to still be working out a year down the road, or even six months for that matter.

A lot of the time, we just find it doesn't mesh with the rest of our life; it's a scheduling issue.  With work, family, extracurricular, life events or even that curve ball that life will inevitable throw at you; obstacles will get in your way and the easiest thing to do is remove health and fitness from your daily routine. 

What can you do about this?  

Since time, or lack thereof, is generally always the issue that causes us not to go to the gym and ultimately cancel a membership all together; how we use our time is the most important factor we need to control. So, plan and prepare!
 

“By Failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

– Benjamin Franklin