Written by Tavia Roman
Artwork by Dustin Bolinger
As the world continues to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation we are all concerned about whether or not our gyms will stay open and if we can continue to train. Most fights, and tournaments have been postponed or cancelled, and in certain cities and states places like Muaythai gyms have been required to close. Nevertheless, if your gym has closed temporarily or is operating under restricted hours and class sizes here are some ways you can still support them through this coronavirus pandemic:
Stay home if you’re not feeling well!
– This cannot be stressed enough! Even if you are not showing symptoms of the coronavirus if you feel any less than 100% you need to stay home! If your gym is still operating and trying to remain open for you, do them a favor and don’t come in to “sweat it out.”
Going to the gym with any type of illness is always risky due to the fact that when you sweat your body’s pores are open and therefore easily contaminated by germs and bacteria. If you do feel the need t sweat it out then it’s best to go for a run outside or take a hot bath instead of possibly infecting others with what you have.
If you cannot afford to pay your gym dues at this point it is best to notify your gym and ask to place your account on hold. This will ensure that the gym does not have too many overdue memberships in their system. Once you can afford to reactivate your account notify your gym and you can resume training as usual without having missed payments or put the gyms monthly dues in the negatives.
Remember the gym is your escape and sanctuary, but for the owners and trainers it’s their livelihood!
Not only is it brand recognition but retail is another way business’s collect income. Maybe you need some new ankle guards or Thai shorts. Now is the perfect time to refresh your athletic wardrobe! Purchase those gloves you’ve been wanting or send your family member or friend that T-shirt they’ve been eyeing. Anything from hand wraps to tank tops to fight gear. All of that income will help keep your gym’s head above water during these trying times.
Side note: Once purchased, post about it on social media and tag your gym, friends and family members and have them share it as well. These posts can go a long way for a small business.
After each class you should be doing a light cleaning of your equipment. Which is using sanitary spray (Lysol) or wipes to clean the inside and outside of all your gear. However, in dealing with the coronavirus, now is a good time to give your gear a deep clean:
Take your gloves, head gear, shin guards, elbow pads and knee pads and put them in the washing machine on the delicate or light cycle. Making sure you use laundry detergent and hot water to disinfect. For men, soak your athletic cup in hot water and add antibacterial hand soap or laundry detergent. Let sit until water cools and then wipe clean with a fresh towel or sponge.
Light cleanings should happen after each use, but save the deep cleanings for every few months as it does wear on the gear. Make sure you are washing your hand wraps weekly and laying them out to dry to avoid tears. Always keep wipes or Lysol in your gym bag or locker and wash your hands regularly.
We love our gyms and we love our trainers. They are more than just a business to us they are family. Let’s take care of one another. Together we are strong.
“I represented USA Muaythai in 2007, at the IFMA tournament in Bangkok, Thailand. I had only four fights at that time but the opportunity was available and I wanted it."
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