Local gyms encourage members to take extra steps to ensure cleanliness amid coronavirus outbreak

Posted at 6:23 PM, Mar 09, 2020

Going to the gym is about staying healthy, and local gyms want to keep it that way.

"People want to know that the gym they go to is a safe place," said Andy Sverchek, general manager and coach at Athlon Fitness & Performance in Paso Robles.

While gyms try to keep their facilities as clean as possible and even increase how often they disinfect machines during outbreaks, they also rely on members to do their part and wipe down equipment before and after use.

Health officials encourage everyone to get proper exercise to avoid getting sick in the first place.

In the event you do get sick, fitness professionals say you should stay home to avoid spreading it to other users.

"Don't go to the gym if you do get sick, no matter what it is, whether it is coronavirus or the flu or just the sniffles," Sverchek said.

However, some people have simply stopped going to the gym altogether to avoid the risk of contracting anything.

"I've stopped going altogether to avoid the coronavirus that is spreading around," said Topaz Lee, Paso Robles resident.

The coronavirus has not stopped everyone from pumping iron.

"I would say during an outbreak, it is probably a little bit more heightened awareness. You'll see people cleaning things a little bit more regularly. You'll see people using hand sanitizer a little more, which is a good thing," Sverchek said.

Multiple gyms tell KSBY it is somewhat typical to see a decrease in attendance during this time of year as New Year's resolutions come to an end. They say it's hard to tell if the coronavirus has had any sort of impact in attendance.