Staying Healthy + Fit with YWCA Health + Fitness
The YWCA Health + Fitness Centre temporarily closed due to COVID-19 on March 19, 2020. We were so appreciative of members’ support and were moved when many offered to donate their membership fees instead of taking our offer to freeze them.
We wanted to stay connected, so we began offering free online fitness classes on the YWCA Health + Fitness Facebook page. We started posting classes Monday to Friday, offering Pilates, Yoga Dance, strength and cardio workouts.
Although our online workouts are not professionally edited videos, they are the same high-quality workouts with excellent instructors that one can expect in person at the facility.
You don’t need to be a member to enjoy the workouts – they are available to everyone. And the response has been great. People have told us they tried new classes while others used the videos to workout with their kids.
A New Phase
In preparation to re-open the YWCA Health + Fitness Centre in Phase 2 of the BC ReStart program, we are following the guidelines set out by the public health authorities and Work Safe BC. We are focusing on creating space for our members to have a great workout while maintaining two metres from each other. We are fortunate to have a large facility with big studios, but there will still be fewer people exercising at one time. We are making new class schedules, moving equipment around, adding new signage and providing extra cleaning supplies.
We are also training our member services staff and lifeguards in new first aid protocols and training our cleaning staff in advanced cleaning protocols. And our new online booking system is coming soon. It’s been a busy time for us as we re-imagine our business and create a safe and healthy environment for all.
We do expect to continue virtual workouts for our membership and the public in some way when the gym re-opens, so please stay connected.
We are grateful that we have been able to serve our community and members, and for the ongoing support from everyone during this time.
This article was originally published on YWCA's Contact Newsletter | Spring/Summer 2020 - COVID-19 Response Issue.