Many industries were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, but one of those that was hit in the initial wave was the fitness industry. Every gym in Colorado (and the country) has experienced the pandemic differently, from lengthy shutdowns (some gyms are still closed), to lost traffic. Unfortunately, that tends to do more harm to the members, as it takes away their outlet for physical fitness, which can lead to more health issues in the long term.
If you're still unsure about coming in to the gym, there is hope on the horizon. Multiple studies performed in 2020 show that gyms and fitness centers are one of the safest industries in the country.
A group of researchers with the Oregon Consulting Group at the University of Oregon compared 32 weeks of Colorado gym attendance, which included nearly 8,500,000 check-ins, and found no correlation between COVID-19 cases and gym attendance. The study even showed there is a "negative correlation" (1) between gym attendance and positive cases, meaning there is an inverse relationship. This inverse relationship is likely from the "safety protocols, capacity restrictions, adequate ventilation, and other precautions health clubs have implemented" (1).
Here at Mesa Fitness, we have worked hard to receive and maintain a 5 Star Variance from Mesa County Public Health, placing us among the top companies in the county in terms of our health and safety protocols. In a recent interview with KREX News 5, the General Manager from Mesa Fitness Clifton, Paul Manzella, detailed our cleaning procedures, stating: “We clean every hour on the hour. We have an overnight cleaning crew, and we also have cleaning bottles everywhere, so that members can wipe down equipment before, and after use” (2).
Our biggest priority is the safety of our staff and our members. If you're still unsure about returning to the gym or want to know about our COVID-19 protocols, you can check out our COVID-19 Information Center or give us a call today!
Stay safe out there friends!