We know residents are anxious to get back to their routines, which for many,
includes the use of your amenity areas and more specifically, fitness facilities.
We’ve all probably found ourselves doing a little too much couch-sitting and
chip dipping and our residents are most likely in a similar situation and looking
forward to getting back on track with their fitness goals, along with everything
else that was recently put on ‘pause’.
As a certified fitness professional who serves multiple multifamily apartment
communities and thousand of their residents in the Dallas market every year,
I put together some recommendations that can be utilized for any community
that is looking to re-open, safely.
1. Ensure good social distancing practices by marking floors in your fitness
areas, the recommended six-foot distance and moving equipment
2. Store jump ropes, resistance bands, medicine balls, and yoga mats -
these are items that are harder to disinfect and should be stored for
another time. The goal is to eliminate items for public use that may be
harder to clean.
3. Set up gym wipes and hand sanitizing stations that are visible, easy to
access and placed in high-touch areas
4. Improve fitness center airflow and quality with air purifiers and fresh,
outdoor air, if possible (open windows/doors, etc.)
5. Temporarily disable public water fountains
6. Establish new operating hours that reflect appropriate breaks to close
and disinfect/clean during the day
7. Create a new internal cleaning regimen with your on-site team.
Communicate areas of focus, paying specific and detailed attention to
high touch points, such as gym equipment handles and seats, dumbbells
8. Require users to wipe down anything touched before and after use and
install signage to further encourage this practice
9. Adjust the fitness facility’s maximum occupancy numbers and craft a
revised guest access policy, to limit the number of users at any given
time. Control access points with oneway entry and exit.
10. Consider a scheduling system to limit frequency, occupancy and to
better comply with social distancing protocols - and to give residents a
more streamlined experience when trying to re-access your
11. Hire a personal trainer, who can help you manage your new
procedures (and your fitness fanatic residents) and who can report
additional modifications that may be needed as the situation evolves
12. Protect your staff by requiring that employees and vendors wear
masks and gloves whenever possible (this varies based on your state
Have questions about how we’d approach a fitness center re-opening in your
particular community or market? We’d be happy to compare notes.
Reach out any time.