Excitement builds as gyms inch closer to reopening on June 13

After a three-month closure, gyms, yoga and dance studios are set to reopen on June 13, and exercise enthusiasts couldn't be happier.

Nick Schwarz from Bullaburra has been working out five days a week at Anytime Fitness in Katoomba for four years.

He said it was heartbreaking when gyms were closed due to coronavirus restrictions.

"It's my wind down from my day," said the baker and pastry chef, whose day starts at 1am at Schwarz's Bakery and Patisserie in Wentworth Falls.

"It's been super-stressful [not being able to go to the gym]. The gym was two hours of the day just for me, to talk and work out," he said.

While he's kept fit by continuing to lift weights in his garage and go on bushwalks, he is counting the days until the gym reopens.

"You can't replace that [garage workouts and bushwalks] with the gym. I can't wait to get back," Mr Schwarz said.

Kathi McPherson, the manager of Anytime Fitness Katoomba, was equally excited about re-opening.

"The members have become like friends. We have been missing them, it's so quiet without them here," she said.

"We are so excited and do want to celebrate."

Gym equipment will be spaced 1.5 metres apart, and the carpets steam cleaned before reopening. Hand sanitiser and disinfectant wipes will be readily available. Equipment will be cleaned by staff three times a day, and members are expected to wipe down equipment after use.

"We will be reminding people of social distancing," Mrs McPherson said.

"We are well-equipped to open up and keep people safe."

They've been running 10-person bootcamps in the carpark, and will resume indoor group fitness classes, limited to 10 people, with a book-in system. Over the shutdown they've provided online fitness classes five mornings a week, and this is likely to continue, but reduce to twice a week.

One hundred people are allowed in fitness centres at one time.

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