Munich: Gyms is preparing to open – Munich

Martin Hartner is the middle of seven children. If he took all his siblings and their parents to the training, his study on the Friedenstraße near the Ostbahnhof would already be half full. The head coach welcomes 16 customers to “Un1t”, the training community for functional fitness. He has not done so since October due to the pandemic, but now the signs are pointing to sweating and exercising again. “We’ve had queries for days about when things start,” he says. “People are definitely hot. They want to play sports, and that’s good for the immune system.”

In fact, many at first seem to have realized how important fitness training is for the immune system during the Corona crisis. The studios still had to close, as did so many other areas. What’s new is that fitness studios no longer fall into the “leisure” category, but into “sports”, and it is now starting up again with a steadily declining incidence, both indoors and outdoors. Prerequisites for a visit to the gym are a booked time and a negative coronatest from Friday. Or in the words of Prime Minister Markus Söder: “With tests and bookings and masks up to the device, under the motto Click & Fit.” If the incidence remains below 50, unvaccinated individuals can also exercise without testing.

The study operators’ confusion about the “framework concept for sport” was enormous. Two Munich gymnastics chains had already opened last week, but had to back up and close again. Even the day before the reopening, there are still no binding specifications, for example regarding the number of study visitors.

Martin Hartner plans with 16 customers, all of course in accordance with the hygiene and distance rules. Even in the stairwell – his studio is on the second floor – he has marked the waiting areas in front of the front door so people do not stand on their feet. Inside, on the 180 square meter training area, there are four new air circulators, costing: more than 5000 euros each. As soon as the athletes start, the windows also open: cross-ventilation. To the left of the entrance are disinfection bottles neatly arranged: “Fresh” and “used” are written on the boxes. Every athlete must disinfect their training equipment after use.

Since Hartner lent equipment such as dumbbells, kettlebells, rubber bands and mats to members so they could train at home, Friday’s start will not happen. “The reorder of the material is now out of time,” he says, “we are in the starting blocks for Tuesday. It starts at 05.45!”.

During the shutdown, Hartner had to send his ten employees on short-term work. The online course, which is offered at 6.50 euros a day, was initially well booked, “but at some point, people would no longer be on screen,” says Martin Hartner. It was “a pity how it went: there were always brief tensions that things could start again, a constant stop and go with possible openings. It was a pity. I could have saved myself a lot of work,” he says. But he is happy that things are starting again, “and hopefully not just for two weeks”.

Joshua Butterhof assumes the same. He is the owner of the Bodystreet departments in Haar and Friedensengel. As in the approximately 40 other franchises in and around Munich, his studies have been sweating in the last week. After much back and forth, the EMS whole body training, where a maximum of two customers train side by side, was not classified as a fitness studio. “We work with water and electricity, and if you did not disinfect the jackets you used very carefully every time, it would smell very quickly,” says Butterhof. “So we already had our hygiene concept before Corona, but we revised and refined it again.” Everyone standing by the exercise machine now is not breathing for the trainer, but by a plexiglass pane, the open door is only two steps away and fresh air is blowing in.

Butterhof also tried to keep customers happy and strong during the lockdown with online courses and since March also with outdoor training. Instead of exposing themselves to electrical stimuli on the device for 20 minutes, as usual, customers received training in the sometimes very fresh air, with dumbbells and resistance bands – a service that was well received, as Butterhof says: “Under The pandemic has us about 15 percent cancellations received, but more than 30 percent of customers continued to pay in full. ” The start last week was also very successful, “better than in any other month before – it’s encouraging”.

Leave a Comment