Nova Scotia fitness business requests exemption to stay open amid COVID-19

The owner of a fitness facility in Halifax has written a letter to the province asking for an exemption to stay open out of concern for his clients.



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The owner of OneUp Fitness, Matt Mombourquette, said what sets his facility apart from other commercial gyms is its small size, one-on-one, appointment based-training. Its average demographic is people aged 55 and up.

“A lot of our clients have chronic health conditions, such as osteoporosis, orthopedic pain, we have some clients with Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy,” said Mombourquette.

So when the province announced a second round of lockdown for fitness facilities, Mombourquette said he was concerned for his aging clientele.

Read more: Nova Scotia reports 37 new cases of COVID-19, shuts down bars, gyms

Between the facility’s Halifax and Bedford studios, Mombourquette said, they see roughly 150 clients per week, but fewer than half took up virtual classes when their doors closed in March.

“When they came back and we opened our doors again in June, we could see a lot of deterioration. They shared that they had a lot of physical challenges; they felt weaker, and some of them had some depression,” he said.

This is when he decided to write the letter to see if there was “some wiggle room” that existed for their facility.

On Tuesday, Dr. Robert Strang, chief medial officer of Nova Scotia, said there will be no exceptions to the rule.

“Our goal is to remain very tight for the shortest time possible, and every time we give an exception it creates another opportunity for a breakthrough that might then be the reason why we have to extend,” Strang said.

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It’s a decision Mombourquette respects but says he’s frustrated by.

“I think everybody understands that exercise does have a big impact on positive immunity and keeping us safe from this current pandemic and potentially future ones,” he said.

One of Mombourquette’s clients is Jason Roth, a 70-year-old Halifax man, who has been coming to OneUp Fitness twice a week for the past 15 years. He tells Global News his health took a hit when the facility’s doors closed in March due to COVID-19.

“In terms of the sense of being in shape and fitness, I would say was about 50 per cent as effective as it had been,” said Roth.

He says he’s been to other, larger gyms and OneUp Fitness is different. He doesn’t believe it should be lumped into the same category.

“I’m not surrounded by a lot of people, equipment is immediately wiped down, people are in and people are out,” he said.

“That distinction between eating establishments and drive thru establishments, I think, would fit as a distinction between OneUp and the average gym.”

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Roth said that if an exemption were to be granted, he would gladly

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7 at-home fitness machines you should actually splurge on this year

When the first shut down happened earlier this year, I was really worried about losing my fitness progress. I was going to the gym anywhere from 5 to 7 times a week, doing a mix of personal training sessions and using the machines on my own. Even though gyms reopened, I haven’t felt comfortable going back and I know I am not alone.



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Due to the pandemic, it was nearly impossible to find appropriately-priced dumbbells anywhere online for months (At one point, I saw a single 10-pound dumbbell going for $65 on Amazon). I soon realized that the best quality investment was to buy an actual at-home fitness a machine – ahem, I mean studio.

All of the fancy fitness machines on this list are more than just a tool to use. Each brand offers its own take on advancing your fitness journey with cool classes, advanced exercise technology, or both. If you were previously paying top dollar for a gym membership or personal trainer (I was spending $200/month), most of these products are less than the annual cost of a freal gym. And they are right inside of your house, no driving required.

These at-home fitness products can work as a gift to a loved one, or just a gift to yourself for getting through this year.

Tempo

Tempo is the brand I’d recommend most to anyone who was working with a personal trainer in a gym. The home studio has a 42″ HD screen where you’ll follow an instructor for each class. Tempo offers classes between five to 60 minutes. Unlike doing a YouTube fitness video, Tempo monitors your movements t0 make adjustments and recommendations. If you’re bending too far over while doing squats, the machine will correct you. If you’re moving too fast during a workout, it’ll recommend adjusting your weights to a heavier setting for a future workout.

The Tempo Studio comes with:

  • 4 10-pound plates
  • 4 5-pound plates
  • 4 2.5-pound plates
  • 4 1.5-pound plates
  • 2 7.5 dumbbells
  • 1 25-pounds bar
  • 6 collars/clips
  • Workout mat
  • Foam roller
  • Heart rate monitor

You can either pay in full for the machine, or you can opt to pay $55/month with 0% APR for 36 months. A Tempo Studio membership is $39/month.

MYX

The MYX is a budget-friendly competitor of the Peloton. If you want to know more about the differences, you can read my review after ride a MYX bike for 3 weeks straight. This bike is great for people interested in getting a studio cycling bike, but also want classes. MYX Fitness drops new classes weekly, include bike classes, floor classes, a hybrid of the two, plus mindful classes for digestion and pain.

The MYX Plus bike includes:

  • A Stationary Star Trac bike
  • A Polar heart rate monitor
  • An XL exercise mat
  • A stabilizing mat
  • A kettlebell Three sets of hand weights (available in light, medium, and heavy) 
  • An SPRI stretch band 
  • A foam roller

To access those wonderful classes, it is

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R.I. fitness clubs fined for refusing to close during two-week COVID-19 ‘pause’

WARREN, R.I. — An owner of fitness clubs in Rhode Island is defying an order from Governor Gina M. Raimondo for all gyms and recreational facilities to close for two weeks as health officials try to slow an alarming spike in COVID-19 cases.



a man holding a phone: The owner of Maxx Fitness Clubzz, Matt D'Amico, leaves his facility in Lincoln on Wednesday. He has decided to stay open despite the governor's orders for fitness clubs to close for two week. He said the spring closure was financially devastating.


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The owner of Maxx Fitness Clubzz, Matt D’Amico, leaves his facility in Lincoln on Wednesday. He has decided to stay open despite the governor’s orders for fitness clubs to close for two week. He said the spring closure was financially devastating.

The two-week pause that started Monday closed bars, gyms, and casinos, asks most high school students to learn from home, and orders companies to have most employees work from home.

Matt D’Amico, who owns The Maxx Fitness Clubzz franchises in Lincoln and Warren, opened as usual on Monday, however, and has remained open since then. He said that closing would be financially devastating.

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“We did it in March and the shutdown lasted 10, 12 weeks. I just can’t survive it again,” D’Amico said. “It’s not about profitability — it’s landlords, equipment rentals, payroll and staff. And, I don’t think it’s right, when everyone else gets to stay open.”

The Health Department issued $500 fines at both locations and ordered the facilities to close immediately and stay closed until the restrictions are lifted.

But D’Amico has refused to shut down. Both Maxx locations were open and busy Wednesday.

“You can say we’re fighting for freedom. It’s what it is,” D’Amico said. “I invested millions of dollars.”

Raimondo ordered the two-week pause in an attempt to stem the rising wave of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, which led to the opening of field hospitals on Monday. Rhode Island was up to 59,005 confirmed coronavirus cases on Wednesday, with 1,032 new cases, 11 more deaths, and 408 people hospitalized.

The governor’s office and Health Department referred questions about Maxx Fitness Clubzz to the state Department of Business Regulation, where a spokesman declined to comment “as it is an ongoing and actively evolving situation.”

The fitness clubs are the first businesses to be cited since the pause began on Monday. “I have legal counsel, and we’ll take it day by day,” D’Amico said. “I don’t think fitness centers should be singled out… I believe I have constitutional rights to be able to operate my business.”

D’Amico said his fitness centers have complied with other coronavirus-related all of the Health regulations, keeping the facilities clean and screening staff and customers for COVID-19 symptoms. Health officials told them that some visitors to the fitness centers had tested positive for COVID, but they inspected the facilities and found no problems, he said.

“We have a bunch of customers, and a lot of new members are signing up,” Stephen Couture, the manager of the Lincoln club, said Wednesday.

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Watch Out Fitbit, The Wyze Watch Fitness Tracker Only Costs $20

Smart home tech company Wyze has announced a feature-rich fitness tracker that costs just $20.

The Wyze Watch is available for pre-order today, and will ship from February 2021.

A $20 price encourages low expectations, but the Wyze Watch has an almost baffling amount of tech and hardware considering the cost. It has a 1.75-inch LCD screen — more like that of a smartwatch than a budget fitness tracker — an aluminium frame rather than a plastic one and a blood oxygen saturation sensor.

Wyze’s Watch comes in two sizes, 44mm and 47mm, and the smaller version has a 1.4-inch screen. Wyze claims the watch lasts up to nine days between charges, and its optical HR sensor will keep an eye on your heart rate 24/7.

This is a little less of a departure for Wyze than it may initially appear, as the Watch can be used to control the company’s existing smart home gear over Bluetooth. Wyze makes home security cameras and a thermostat, and it released a basic fitness tracker earlier this year, the $25 Wyze Band.

Still, a Wyze Watch will count your steps like a normal fitness tracker, and the data can be sync’d with either Google Fit or Apple Health. It can also receive notifications from apps including Gmail, WhatsApp and Instagram.

What are the drawbacks? The Wyze Watch is only water resistant to 2 meters, or IP68, not the 5ATM some rivals offer.

And as the screen uses an LCD panel rather than an OLED one, there’s unlikely to be an “always on” watch display option.

The Wyze Watch also lacks GPS and there’s no mention of full activity tracking, where you might, for example, manually start tracking a run rather than letting the watch passively count your steps. It won’t replace a Garmin, but to expect that for $20 is unrealistic.

At the time of writing the Wyze site suggests it has sold over 38,000 Watches. And as the $20 offer is listed as a “pre-order” price, you can expect the cost to rise when the pre-order allocation has run out. A leather strap accessory is available for $10.

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How to Be Part of Men’s Health’s Next Major Virtual Health & Fitness Event

Men’s Health’s virtual event, MH Weekenders, is coming soon, and it’s going to be big.

We don’t want to give much away yet, but throughout the whole of January some of the world’s biggest and most respected athletes and personalities will be taking part. From Saturday night cook-alongs, to in-depth interviews and discussions as well group workouts and challenges to take part in, this festival has something for everyone.

We’re going big with this, and we want you to take part. This is your chance to reach out to our digital audience of over 5 million people.

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What Are Men’s Health Virtual Events?

Unfortunately, getting together to get sweaty and debate the pressing issues in the world of health and fitness is not an option at the moment, which is why we’ve gone virtual.

Our events will take place over the last four weekends of January 2021 – Saturday 9th to Sunday January 31st – with each day comprising of four structured events that will be hosted on the Men’s Health YouTube channel. These videos will also be featured in digital articles and posted across menshealth.com/uk, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

The line-up will be announced in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out.

How You Can Get Involved

Of course, the line-up is not all we’re shouting about. We recognise that with such an event, this is a great opportunity for brands to showcase their products and services to our audience. So, we’ve devised a few new ways for you to reach them. Virtually, of course.

Register your brand

MH Weekenders Marketplace

The MH Weekenders Marketplace will offer businesses the chance to exhibit with us. On the final weekend of January, event attendees will be able to attend the online marketplace where they’ll be able to shop and receive discounts to their favourite health brands.

MH Weekenders E-Zine

As an event bonus, our registered attendees will receive our free e-zine ­– a digital event guide and marketplace electronic magazine, which will feature a selection of our favourite wellness brands.

If you’re a brand looking to get involved, sign up via the registration from below.

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Solskjaer provides Martial & Shaw fitness update ahead of Man Utd’s clash with PSG

The Norwegian boss is putting the finishing touches on his squad before a crucial Champions League showdown against the French champions

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed the progress Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw are making in terms of their fitness ahead of Manchester United’s clash with Paris Saint-Germain.

United will welcome PSG to Old Trafford on Wednesday night for a crucial Champions League group-stage showdown which will likely have a huge bearing on who qualifies from Group H.

Solskjaer’s men are sitting top of the standings on nine points after four fixtures, with their French opponents three points further back in second.

RB Leipzig are only behind PSG on goal difference at the moment, and they will be expected to pick up a victory away at Istanbul Basaksehir as they aim to put more pressure on PSG to get a positive result in Manchester.

United only need a point to qualify for the round of 16, but Solskjaer has been sweating on the availability of Martial and Shaw, both of whom sat out Saturday’s comeback win at Southampton.

Martial was struck down with a bout of illness 24 hours before the trip to St Mary’s, while Shaw has been out of action since suffering a hamstring injury against Everton on November 7.

Solskjaer has confirmed that he will be able to call upon the former against PSG, but he is delaying making a final decision on the full-back until the last minute.

“Anthony got through the session and felt okay, so he’s available for selection,” the Norwegian said during a pre-match Q&A session for MUTV. “Luke is probably the biggest doubt but the rest of them are holding their hands up saying: ‘I’m ready’.

“Luke isn’t too far away so let’s see what we do with him for tomorrow. Then, of course, Phil [Jones] has been away for a long time but now we’re getting more and more players ready to participate in every game.”

Solskjaer also delivered a fresh update on first-choice goalkeeper David de Gea, who was forced off at half-time against Southampton after sustaining a knock to his ankle.

“David trained well today, as did the rest of the group. It was a good session,” he said.

The last time United played host to PSG on Europe’s biggest stage they were beaten 2-0 in a last-16 first-leg tie, before producing a stunning turnaround in the second leg at Parc des Princes to book their place in the last eight.

Solskjaer is expecting his team to provide the French champions with a far greater challenge almost two years on from that meeting, as he added: “I feel we are ready for this game and I feel better prepared for the occasion. I think some of these boys learnt harsh lessons against PSG and then, home and away, against Barcelona that season.

“The Champions League is what we all want to be part of, playing against the best players in the world. You’ve got the likes

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Is LifeTrex Smart Watch Best Fitness Tracker?

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Digital is the new world, and humans are doing wonders in terms of technology. We have diverse technology, which is a blessing for humanity. Correct usage of the technology can enhance efficiency and reduce the time for which an individual works. Watches have always been a prestigious thing for every man, and the wish to wear the best watch never dies.

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Being punctual is the first thing for which a successful person always makes sure. As technology is changing rapidly and the same can be seen in the variation that the watches reflect. The era for smartwatches is at the boom, and the reason one should adopt the change is the features.

There could be no comparison between the features that the smartwatches offer and in between regular watches. These watches not only tell time but also helps in giving plenty of information about an individual’s body. Many brands are selling smartwatches, but one thing common among them is fewer features and high prices. It is the primary reason that people drop the plan to purchase watches. One brand which is getting popular for selling amazing smartwatches is the Life trak Fit Smartwatch. The advertisements are the primary reason people come into expensive brands and miss the chance to enjoy the features. It is the best watch that you will come across in this price range and it is stylish too. Many other reasons make this watch the best of all and consider it before listening to anybody’s suggestions. People often don’t research technology and end up giving the wrong directions to others. It is essential to keep an eye on your heartbeat, oxygen level, and other things inside your body. The reason is the preparatory time an individual gets to observe the problems and take proper steps to start the right treatment. These watches have become essential for day to day work and can help know many things within a single tap on the wristwatch.

What is a Life Trex Fit Smartwatch?

Life Trex Smartwatch approximately masses high-quality audits at the right site, but few surveys are separated. While using this item, customers could choose to display their resting propensities and their pulse, blood oxygen level, and pulse. Moreover, Life Trex suggests to the customers how they may be doing with their exercising schedules to give reviews. The entirety of this record is joined with Life Trex’s presentation associated with the customers’ molecular OS warnings. The notices likewise come from the watch records’ well-being facts, reminding the purchaser to arise and pass round in preference to ultimate inactive. It is possible with Android and iOS frameworks, so it does not distinguish what type of OS the purchaser has.

How does LifeTrex Fit Smartwatch work?

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Norwalk LA Fitness ordered to close after violating reopening rules

NORWALK — Norwalk’s LA Fitness location was ordered to close on Tuesday after health officials found members weren’t wearing masks or adhering to social distancing while exercising.

The facility also failed to enforce revised capacity limits, according to Norwalk Health Director Deanna D’Amore. Gyms are currently supposed to be operating at 50 percent capacity.

D’Amore said both the city health and police departments signed a closure order due to repeated violations of reopening rules.

“Staff and patrons were cooperative and left the premises as they work to correct these issues,” D’Amore said.

The gym must submit a written COVID-19 safety plan outlining how it will adhere to the rules before it’s allowed to reopen, D’Amore said. The facility can reopen once the plan is reviewed and approved by the health department.

On Tuesday night, the club had a notice posted on its website stating it would be closed from 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 to 5 a.m. on Dec. 4 due to a “national emergency.”

The closure comes a day after Gov. Ned Lamont said he would not close gyms or indoor dining despite rising coronavirus case numbers.

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Digital Fitness Market Potential Risks and Comprehensive Competitive Strategy Analysis in Different Fields, Report 2020 to 2025

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Event promotes Dubai as fitness destination

A fitness event geared toward the press was held on Nov 25, 2020, to promote the Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC). [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Dubai, a place characterized by yachts, shopping malls, and skyscrapers, never fails to impress, making it the most visited city in the entire Middle East.

Aside from the glitter and glamour, Dubai also promises sports enthusiasts that it’s a city that boosts their heart rate. What delivers on that promise is the Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC), an annual month-long citywide movement celebrating fitness and wellness.

To enhance the profile of DFC in China, the Department of Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) organized a remote fitness event geared towards the press on Nov 25.

Some reporters take part in a fitness event organized by the Department of Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing in Beijing on Nov 25, 2020. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Connected through live-streaming, more than 50 Chinese reporters in four Chinese cities – Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Chengdu – competed against each other in an array of fitness and wellness activities including dancing and yoga.

Ali Obaid Al Dhaheri, the UAE ambassador to China, graced the event in person in Beijing and Issam Kazim, chief executive officer of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, attended the event virtually.

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