11 July 2020

Struggling with fitness at home? It's time to head to the gym

| Sharon Kelley and Karyn Starmer
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Emma Stockbridge standing in Club Lime gym.

Club Lime team leader Emma Stockbridge is looking forward to welcoming back members to the gym. Photo: Supplied.

As gyms closed around the country during COVID-19 lockdown, Canberrans downloaded apps, scrolled YouTube videos and met in parks to try to maintain regular fitness routines. But according to Harry Konstantinou, managing director of Viva Leisure, it wasn’t just the exercise everyone was missing.

“Quite simply, the ‘experience’ factor of gyms cannot be replicated at home, just like a live concert can’t be replicated by listening on your speaker system at home,” he says. “The value of gyms as an experience provider and a physical and mental wellness facilitator cannot be underestimated.”

Now that some restrictions have been lifted and gyms are open again, Club Lime leader Emma Stockbridge says she is thrilled to welcome her loyal members back to the club and is enjoying the positive feedback she is receiving.

“Our members are saying they love being back at the gym, not just for the physical aspect but also for the social and mental benefits as well,” she says. “Coming to the gym is ‘me’ time – it’s a time when you can focus on your own wellbeing.

“At Club Lime, we want you to have a sense of belonging. Having others around you, chasing the same goals and doing the same session can make such a difference, particularly compared to working out by yourself at home.

“Group fitness, in particular, makes you feel like you’re part of something. Our instructors will help you with all the basics, and [make you] feel you’re part of this community.”
Club Lime gym equipment.

With some COVID-19 restrictions lifted, now is the perfect time to return to the gym for some ‘me’ time. Photo: Daniella Jukic.

Emma encourages people who are considering a gym membership to come and check out Club Lime’s facilities.

“With COVID-19, now is the perfect time for people to come to the gym and feel better about themselves and the world we now live in,” she says.

“We know it can be intimidating the first time you go to a gym. That’s why we encourage new members to book a time with a fitness professional to work through some goals, introduce them to safe and effective equipment use, or chat about the best group fitness classes for them. We are here to help you feel welcome and confident coming to the gym.”

Emma’s message is clear: exercise is different for everyone.

“Find what you enjoy,” she says. “There is no point doing something you don’t like. We are here to help you find your way. Our variety of fitness options will suit anyone no matter what your age, shape or goals.”

Club Lime offers a range of experiences which cater to all different fitness levels. From large gym floors with top-of-the-range strength and cardio equipment, to small group fitness classes such as BodyAttack (aerobics), BodyPump (strength), yoga or one-on-one personal training sessions.

“The hardest part is the first step,” says Emma. “After that, make it part of what you do every week; make it part of your lifestyle. Find what you enjoy and keep at it.”

Club Lime is committed to a safe and clean workout environment with extra cleaning measures in place and extra staff ensuring they adhere to its COVID-19 safety plan. It has a strict ‘no towel, no train’ policy and offers additional cleaning measures on the gym floor for staff and members to utilise.

“Our staff are cleaning everything – all the equipment and surfaces – and we’re confident the measures we have in place will prevent anybody from becoming unwell.”

If you would like further information about joining Club Lime, contact the gym through its website and make an appointment with a personal trainer to visit and learn about equipment and procedures for a COVID-19 safe environment.

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