Fit­ness sites’ re­open­ing joy

Burton Mail - - News - By ADNAN RASHID adnan.rashid@reach­

GYMS in Bur­ton have wel­comed the an­nounce­ment from the Prime Min­is­ter al­low­ing them to open again.

From Satur­day, July 25, in­door gyms and swim­ming pools, fit­ness and dance stu­dios, sports venues and fa­cil­i­ties can re­open.

Those who have piled on the pounds in lock­down will then be able to try and get back in shape.

It has been a tough few months for in­de­pen­dent gyms in the town and the Bur­ton Mail spoke to some of them about the prospect of re­open­ing. This is what they had to say:


Owner Khalid Khawaja has owned the gym for seven years and one thing it has prac­tised from the first day was so­cial dis­tanc­ing.

The 33-year-old, who lives in Bur­ton said: “We wanted to of­fer some­thing dif­fer­ent to cus­tomers and one of our main aims was to of­fer them plenty of space so they could train with­out any dis­trac­tions. The last three months have been very chal­leng­ing, es­pe­cially for in­de­pen­dent gyms like ours, and hope­fully we can now look to move for­ward and gear to­wards some form of nor­mal­ity.

“I do feel the guide­lines from the Govern­ment could have been clearer and it does feel a lit­tle rushed, but be­hind the scenes we’re work­ing hard to make sure when we open their are no is­sues.

“We’ll limit the amount of peo­ple in the gym and en­cour­age users to wipe down all the equip­ment they use and main­tain a good level of hy­giene.

“We’ve had a lot of pos­i­tive mes­sages from our cus­tomers, telling us they can’t wait for us to open and, now more than ever, we’ll need their sup­port to get us back up and run­ning.”


Kee­ley Row­land, man­ager, said: “We’re over the moon; now we have a date we’re able to work to­wards some­thing. Be­ing closed has been tough; it’s had ma­jor fi­nan­cial im­pli­ca­tions for us, but we’re now look­ing for­ward and can’t wait to open our doors to our mem­bers again.

“We have started a deep clean of the gym and im­ple­ment­ing so­cial dis­tanc­ing mea­sures.

“We’re look­ing into ways to pro­vide a clean, safe and healthy ex­pe­ri­ence to our mem­bers.

“Even when we open it’ll be tough;

I can imag­ine prob­a­bly half our mem­bers may de­cide to can­cel their mem­ber­ships for fi­nan­cial rea­sons and some may de­cided it’s still not safe to come back.

“We have a strong com­mu­nity at the gym and the fol­low­ing we get from mem­bers is tremen­dous.

“Peo­ple have been get­ting in touch and say­ing they miss the so­cial as­pect of the gym.”


the equip­ment af­ter each ses­sion.

“Then our staff will do a thor­ough wipe down to en­sure the equip­ment is safe to use for the next ses­sion.

“I’ve at­tended an on­line sem­i­nar set up by UK Ac­tive to help us un­der­stand the so­cial dis­tanc­ing guide­lines and will im­ple­ment those guide­lines in prepa­ra­tion for when we open.

Grind­house Strong­man and S&C

Fa­cil­ity is a strength and con­di­tion­ing gym, which pro­vides tai­lored classes in small groups of four.



33, a qual­i­fied Rahim Haji, owner of the gym, said: per­sonal “It was a re­lief when I heard the an­nounce­ment and I was re­ally trainer happy we were able to get back to who has work. been “The time away from the gym work­ing in wasn’t easy; it was very tough from a gyms for 17 fi­nan­cial point and I’m def­i­nitely years, said: look­ing for­ward to open­ing again. “Some of our “We’ve had some mem­bers can­cel, mem­bers which we did ex­pect, and I’m have vol­un­tar­ily sure once their fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tions car­ried im­prove, they’ll be back. Cur­rently on pay­ing their mem­ber­ship, which we’re set­ting up for open­ing again. has been very help­ful, and it’s some­thing “We’ve made sure we fol­low Govern­ment you don’t see in big­ger gyms. guide­lines and have put up

“We’ve had a good response from warn­ing mark­ers and posters to our mem­bers and it’ll be good to re­mind mem­bers of so­cial dis­tanc­ing. open our doors to them. When we open it will feel un­usual

“Mem­bers will use their own kit for a bit, but then I’m sure things for the group ses­sions and we’ll sup­ply will start head­ing in the right di­rec­tion them with wipes to wipe down and go­ing back to nor­mal.”


From left, Rahim Haji, Tim Lat­ter and Kee­ley Row­land at their gyms

Coun­cil­lors Ed Barker, Conor Wile­man, Mike Metcalfe and Ray Faulkner at New­ton Road Park

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