It's apparent that COVID-19 is going to be around a lot longer than many predicted (or hoped) early on. That has impacted the way many of us live our lives and the way businesses in Ladera Ranch and Rancho Mission Viejo operate. But it doesn't mean residents have to live in hibernation.
We have seen a tremendous amount of innovation and adaptation from our business community to continue operating the safest way possible. Carryout food ordering has been the most visible and restaurants have done an amazing job altering their menus, dining and operating procedures.
What about fitness? Traditionally, fitness involved close proximities and the sharing of weights and machines that could transfer germs. That's no longer the case and F45 in the Sendero Marketplace offers a good study of a business that has drastically changed course.
Before even entering a class, members are temperature screened to make sure they are not sick.
The whole method of Functional 45 involved the rotation of members between stations that worked different muscle groups or cardio. Now, members stay in a singular location with all of the workout materials surrounding them. They switch between dumbbells, bars, kettle bells, jump boxes, weight balls within a six-foot radius - complete with disinfectant wipes used to clean everything at the end.
Class sizes are around a quarter what they used to be but with additional time slots added. Windows and doors are keep open for air circulation.
Equipment, floors and surfaces are then sanitized again at the end of each class.
Medical practitioners state the importance of keeping active so that our bodies are better able to fight off any type of infection - not just COVID-19 - and consistent visits to your gym is a great way to do that!
We recommend scheduling a non-workout visit to learn about the additional steps your gym is taking to keep all us all safe during this time. They want you to stay safe because that keeps you moving back!