Author: Chris Gianotti Date Posted:18 March 2020
5 Minute Read. By Chris Gianotti
Staying strong on good gym hygiene is good sense for everyone. The Body Factory in Sydney has four key methods about how they keep their gym clean and hygienic. They now share their thoughts and approach with Morgan Sports.
Its important members feel confident in the cleanliness of their gym therefore cleaning should be an always on routine for the facility. This means the cleaners should have a regular process to follow for wiping down equipment, cleaning floors, turf areas and bathrooms. But also, that the cleaning is supported by the trainers with additional use of disinfectant and antibacterial spray’s during the day as needed, especially around class times. High use, as well as low use areas must be part of the routine and cleaned more often as needed. This should include door handles and seating, leading to an overall cleaner environment.
Good routines also mean taking a sensible approach to hygiene such as requiring all members to bring a towel for their body when laying on mats, and also sweat towels. This helps reduce sweat in the gym, makes members feel more comfortable and is good sense. Posters around the gym help set expectations by highlighting the need for a towel, that washing hands is important, and that we should avoid touching our eyes, nose and mouth.
Good hygiene and staying safe from illness or infection isn’t someone’s job, its everyone’s job. We ask our members to support us and keep the gym clean for their fellow members by wiping down equipment before and after use. This gives our members visibility of cleaning frequency, encourages good practices and ensures we all do our bit.
The wipe downs include weights like barbells, and dumbbells, mats, benches, and also boxing equipment. During a boxing class or any HIIT workout people tend to sweat a lot. Therefore, boxing pads, bags and gloves all need to be cleaned. These surfaces can somethings be forgotten about but should be treated like any other. Likewise, boxing wraps should be used at all times and washed after training.
And importantly, if you are feeling unwell, especially with flu/fever like symptoms look after yourself and others by staying home and speaking to your doctor.
A defined routine and expectations for hygiene and safety is important, but it must be well communicated to both members and trainers so it is seen and can be acted upon. The Body Factory utilises social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook stories to both feature new hygiene information, and regularly convey our key messages such as a list of hygiene must do’s like bringing a towel. Private Facebook groups, as well as Instagram and Facebook posts offer other channels. The method is to use multiple channels to communicate as not all members see all posts, therefore we cannot assume one channel alone, like Instagram, will be sufficient.
Other tools for direct customer communication are email, and SMS, whereas blog articles on the website can also be used to provide customers with information on best practice.
There are a lot of opinions on cleaning and hygiene. The Body Factory choose to follow reputable sources such as the Australian Government Department of Health, NSW Government Health and World Health Organisation. Their websites include tips, facts and the latest health updates.
If you’ve been meaning to freshen up on good ideas for gym hygiene, visit the above-mentioned government websites. The Body Factory’s Instagram also has updates about how they choose to keep their facility clean and hygienic.
Contact: The Body Factory
5/21 Resolution Drive, Caringbah, Sutherland Shire
Phone: 0404 211 885
For more information visit: www.thebodyfactory.com.au
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are entirely an opinion by The Body Factory’s and are not recommended or intended as advice to others in any form. For advice and best practice on hygiene and safety you should consult a doctor or qualified professional. Or visit Australian based government websites such as www.health.gov.au or www.health.nsw.gov.au or alternatively www.who.int