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25 July 2020 14:35

Bournemouth Coronavirus Poole

David Lloyd believes it held the first exercise class post-lockdown in England People missed going to the gym so much during lockdown they queued to take a high intensity class at midnight. Gyms and indoor swimming pools in England were told they could open from Saturday July 25 after four difficult months of closures. David Lloyd Clubs wasted no time in getting back in businesses, opening a gym in Richmond, London, as soon as the clock turned 12. Once through the doors, members were invited to take part in a BLAZE class: a dynamic HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout which combines mixed martial arts, intense cardio and strength training. Visit our live blog for the latest updates: Coronavirus news live They were also given free reign of the facilities in the early hours, which have all been redesigned to operate under the new health and safety guidelines.

People missed going to the gym so much they took a class at midnight

TV presenter Jeff Brazier was among those who took part in the midnight class. He said: 'Coming back to David Lloyd Clubs has been a much-needed return to normality for me, even if it was at midnight. 'We of course did what we had to do over the last few months and while it was so important to me and my family to stay fit and healthy, both physically and mentally, there's nothing like returning to the club and getting to use all the proper equipment these guys have here. 'It's also so nice to be around people again. Everyone's being sensible and sticking to the rules, but just being able to see everyone's faces and have a chat about how they've been over these last four months makes such a difference.' Fitness fanatics queued up in the night to be welcomed back by staff at the Hampton gym for the first time in 126 days. Members took part in a High Intensity Training Class (HIT) at midnight, when gyms were allowed to reopen David Lloyd boss Glenn Earlham has long been pushing for the reopening of gyms and said the fitness industry was being unfairly treated compared to the retail and hospitality sector. 'We're delighted that we're finally able to open the doors to our spacious and safe clubs – it's been a long time coming,' he said. 'We didn't want to wait a second longer than necessary to mark this moment, and that's why we've held what we believe is England's very first post-lockdown indoor exercise class – which has taken place at midnight on the day health clubs, gyms and leisure centres have been allowed to reopen and exactly 126 days since our last classes.' Gyms must be 'Covid secure' in order to remain open. Exercise equipment will be spaced apart or taped off, members will be asked to regularly use hand sanitiser and some facilities will implement one-way systems in order to minimise contact. Gyms must be Covid secure in order to reopen (Picture: Reuters) Gyms will be operating at reduced capacity and members must observe social distancing (Picture: PA) While changing rooms will be open, gym-goers are encouraged to arrive in their workout gear and shower at home afterwards. Lockers are likely to be similarly labelled designating every other one out of use. Swimmers will also have to abide by social distancing rules when getting in and out of the pool, while capacity limits will be introduced and it is advised more outside air is pumped in. Advertisement Big names gyms like David Lloyd and PureGym have been saying for months that they are ready to reopen and had made their venues safe. However, at least a third of public facilities are expected to remain shut due to financial troubles caused by the coronavirus lockdown. To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Community Leisure UK, the members' association that specialises in representing charitable leisure and culture trusts across England, Scotland and Wales, estimate that 48% of all public facilities face closure, meaning as many as 1,300 could disappear by the end of the year, along with more than 58,000 jobs. The organisation said many will not be able to reopen on Saturday due to the increased costs resulting from lost income during lockdown and due to operating at reduced capacity. Boris Johnson yesterday encouraged people to get in shape over the rest of the summer ahead of a possible resurgence in coronavirus cases in the winter. The Prime Minister revealed he has lost weight since being admitted to intensive care during his own battle with Covid-19, saying: 'I'm on the way, I've lost about a stone and a bit. 'Primarily by eating less, but also by a lot of exercise.' He added: 'Losing weight is, frankly, one of the ways that you can reduce your own risks from Covid.' Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at [email protected] For more stories like this, check our news page. Advertisement Advertisement