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UN1T REOPENING POST LOCKDOWN Q&A WITH GEORGIA ROBSON
July 16, 2020
With COVID restrictions easing, UN1T London Bridge has finally been able to start taking steps towards doing what it does best – operate the World’s leading Strength & Conditioning, group training sessions.
Here is quick Q&A with Georgia Robson, Head Coach at UN1T London Bridge about how they are handling the re-opening and some of the burning questions that everyone is asking:
Q: How have sessions been adapted to allow for Social Distancing and what safety measures are in place at UN1T?
A: With strict measures put in place to ensure the health and safety of members of the public attending gym classes, we were unsure whether to commit to offering sessions again at such a reduced capacity and outside the comfort of the studio however our UN1T Outdoors classes have been a total success.
As per UK gov. guidelines we can have a maximum of 5 members per outdoor session plus a coach and all members work with their own set of equipment that is theirs throughout the session. Members are kept apart and have their own mats delineating the space they are to stick to with their kit beside them and at the end of the session they sanitize and wipe down the equipment they’ve used before they head off and we welcome the next class.
The whole process has worked really smoothly, with coaches and members alike being very respectful of the procedures in place and very keen not only to get back to group training but to be able to do it in a safe and comfortable manner.
Q: How has the response been to outdoor sessions and what is the vibe like?
A: Of course, because members must stay apart during sessions we have had to adapt our training sessions a little but the energy and the support is still there. Our partner based conditioning class ALLY for example worked really well with each member of the team working in their own space but sharing the reps and the work out equally. Communication has been even more important with lots of supportive words and encouragement being shouted out from person to person. It’s so great to see and hear members getting back into the spirit of things even with the changes in place.
Q: Any advice for those looking to get back into training after lockdown?
A: Our advice to members coming back into a more intense style of training after weeks of home workouts has been to take it easy, warm up into it, and give as much time to mobility and recovery as possible. You can imagine after 4 months working with a set of 10kg dumbbells suddenly picking up a 30kg barbell will be a shock to the system! Members’ bodies will be sore and unused to bearing such heavy loads so we must allow them to recover and repair and that’s where good rest and proper cool downs and stretching comes in. It’s good to be back but we don’t want to be down and out again before we’ve even got going!
Keep an eye on the UN1T brand as we slowly re-launch studios across our Global Network and provide insight and value into the emerging new landscape of the group training, fitness industry!
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