The coronavirus pandemic has raised concerns about working out in a public gym in the presence of other people, including instructors. In a recent South Korea report, researchers warned against indoor fitness classes, suggesting it could provide a route for spreading the virus.
According to researcher Dankook’s Sukbin Jang, the “moist, warm atmosphere” in a “confined place coupled with “turbulent air flow generated by intense physical exercise can cause more dense transmission of isolated droplets,” reported Live Science.
To tackle such a situation, a gym in California, Inspire South Bay Fitness, has now made individual plastic pods for people to take classes while maintaining social distance. Take a look:
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⬛ Inspire Gainz Pods ⬛ My INSPIRE DIY project is DONE!!! 😅 We spent the last week putting together these dividers and preparing for Phase 3 🛠️ instead of taping off their floors ❌ would like to add an additional layer of protection with these semi-private dividers / cube stations. Would you feel safer working out in these? Let us know 🤔 🎥 @peetfit 📍 @inspiresouthbay #inspiresouthbayfitness #covid19 #covidsolution #diy #diy #diydividers #covidideasatthegym #redondobeach #hermosabeach #manhattanbeach #openingtherightway #clientsafetyfirst #covidideas #coviddiy #diyonabudget #gainzpod #workoutpods #gainzpods #inspirepods #podspeople #podpeople #pods
It was the owner Peet Sapsin and his wife who came up with the creative idea to design a safer space for working out.
The gym had initially mandated masks for returning clients. “We tested it out on Zoom, though, and could tell that people couldn’t breathe. We felt really bad for them. Our clients are like our family. We were thinking, how do we want our family to feel?” Sapsin was quoted as saying by CNN, after which they came up with the idea of plastic pods.
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🧬INSPIRE Covid Protectors🧬 We've been brainstorming and preparing for when Phase 3 comes along so we can open Inspire again. We said training with a mask is MANDATORY….. 💪 😷However, we've tried testing that out at home and it was HARD 😢 💡WHAT IF we made dividers and put you in your own little section? With your own equipment? Today we put together our first prototype of our INSPIRE Covid Protectors. Let us know what you think… 🎥 @peetfit 📍 @inspiresouthbay #inspiresouthbayfitness #covid19 #covidsolution #diy #prototype #covidideasatthegym #redondobeach #hermosabeach #manhattanbeach #openingtherightway #clientsafetyfirst #covidideas #coviddiy #diyonabudget
The pods have been constructed from shower curtains and PVC pipes, with the project costing less than USD 400 (Rs 30,464). Each pod is about six feet wide and 10 feet tall.
“Everything you need is inside your pod — bench, mat, dumbbells. There is also a disinfecting spray in there, so that after, everyone can clean up after themselves,” Sapsin added. The team at the studio are also cleaning the area daily and keeping fans running and door open for air circulation.
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