My neighborhood gym is finally opening its doors at the end of the week. I am so excited because other fitness centers like Club16, Fit4Less, and AnytimeFitness have already opened their facilities. I can't wait to get back to my regular fitness routine and pick-up where I left off on my strength training regime. I received the welcome news via email last week with this statement and was asked to reactivate my membership which was put on pause from March to June.
"We are excited to announce that we are reopening the Tong Louie Family YMCA on Friday, June 26th at 2:30 p.m."
I filled in the reactivation web form on Friday and received confirmation today with details on what to expect. Gym visits are staggered to ensure physical distancing and only possible with advanced registration through the MindBody scheduling website https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/. I didn't want to be the first at the door at 2:30pm and appear to be too eager so I booked a 3:30pm Fitness Floor Access instead. I'll be heading straight to the barbells.
As expected, there are strict guidelines to adhere to, including these important points emailed to me:
• Arrive dressed in athletic attire as change rooms are closed at this time
• Please bring:
• A filled water bottle as drinking fountains are closed
• Your own yoga mat if you are attending a yoga class
• A sweat towel
• If you have booked a time on our fitness floor, please leave the YMCA 1 hour after the start of your booking time.
• Please arrive no sooner than 10 minutes before your appointment start time.
I know the aquatic department will still be closed and that is fine because I don't think we know enough about how to keep COVID-19 away from pools and hot tubs yet. I have to be efficient with my workout as I am only allowed to stay for 1 hour this Friday which should be more than enough time. I am ready to start pumping iron because the jugs of dish soap I was using at home in place of barbells was getting old.
Nevertheless, I am looking forward to seeing all the familiar faces at the front desk and support staff. Please contact YMCA of Greater Vancouver at (604) 939-9622 if you wish to reactivate or start your membership.