Coronavirus: Is It Safe to Go to the Gym?

Coronavirus: Is It Safe to Go to the Gym?


Hey guys, PictureFit here. Before we get started, I do wanna point out
that, at the time of publishing this video, the coronavirus situation has gotten much
more serious. Several governments have begun shutting down
many commercial areas, including gyms. Needless to say, if that’s what’s going
on with your region right now, by all means do not go to the gym. Now, although some of this information is
now a couple of days old, I do think it still can apply. But, PLEASE use your due diligence and listen
to the proper authorities beforehand. Above all else, stay safe guys. Now onto the video. Ya know, I’ve been keeping an eye on the
recent coronavirus outbreak and I gotta say, the information out there can be quite unsettling
to see. It’s either people causing mass hysteria
or the opposite, completely downplaying the situation, both achieved with false or misleading
information. Although I ain’t no expert on the situation
completely, what I can do is look at the actual statistics then come to a conclusion about
something near and dear to us fitness folks, and that is whether to still go to the gym. Now, first let’s talk some simple stats
about the coronavirus. Coronaviruses are actually a family of viruses
and the one we’re concerned with today is known as coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19. Its symptoms are very similar to the common
cold, causing fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. And one of the scary notions of COVID-19 is
its mortality rate, which, according to the World Health Organization, sits around 3.4
percent! That’s multitudes higher than the seasonal
flu. Now, the ACTUAL number is likely lower since
COVID-19 testing has been largely limited. There is likely many more infected with the
virus with little change to the death count, which assumedly means the mortality rate would
be lower. Nevertheless, it’s still a pretty big rate. Also, COVID-19’s reproductive coefficient,
or the amount of people an infected person is likely to also infect, is around 2 to 2.5. Again, higher than influenza but there needs
to be more time to develop a more accurate comparison. Scientific estimates DO have COVID-19 potentially
infecting more than a third of the entire human population. With such statistics, it is then in our best
interest to be as preventative in spreading the virus as possible. So if the question then, is, should we go
to the gym at this current time of virus’s spread, by far the safest and most preventative
answer is no. To best mitigate the chances of getting infected
or unknowingly infecting others, we need to implement what is known as social distancing. As the name suggest, that means avoiding contact
with other people, especially in large groups, as much as you can. Also, keep in mind that some people might
be asymptomatic, which means they carry the virus but develop no illness or related symptoms. So if you go to a gym and it doesn’t seem
like anyone is sick, it doesn’t mean that no one is infected. A good example of this is what just happened
with the NBA, where a basketball player was infected with COVID-19 but had no symptoms. Later, another teammate was infected as well. This lead to the NBA’s decision to completely
suspend the seas on, which is the smart, preventative action, even though the spread is still relatively
small. So for us, we should probably think about
doing the same. Suspend your gym gains for now. But that to be as preventative you can. What about the question of, is it at all possible
to go the gym anyway? To answer that, it will depend on your region’s
current situation since infection likelihood is different in different areas. If you live in an area with many reported
COVID-19 cases, smart move is to not go the gym. For areas that have low COVID-19 prevalence,
you CAN technically go to the gym just like you would go to the store or any other commercial
places. But one can argue that the gym is less safe
when you consider that gyms get crowded, the air is likely humid, many people are sweating
and coughing, and you’re all sharing the same workout equipment. So even though you’re statistically unlikely
to be infected, for now, the gym is a solid environment for the disease to spread. Now, some of you are probably wondering, “I’m
young and what I’ve heard that young people won’t get hurt by the coronavirus.” Although young to middle age adults are generally
safe from the virus, it doesn’t mean that we want to continuously spread it, ESPECIALLY
if you regularly come in contact with populations that aren’t as safe, like the elderly, pregnant
women, or any other immunodeficient populations. So don’t think so much about yourself being
safe, think about how it impact others around you. But if you do feel like you’re safe enough
to go to the gym, you best practice some good personal hygiene. That’s washing your hands thoroughly for
at least 20 seconds before and after the gym, cough or sneeze into your elbow, wipe down
every equipment you use, try to use as little equipment as you can, and shower as soon as
possible. These tips frankly are important all the time,
not just during a pandemic. Some more diligent tips would be to keep your
distance from other people in the gym, avoid drinking from shared water stations, instead
bring your own sealed container, and avoid gym shower areas since the steamy and humid
conditions are ripe for spreading the virus. In short, stay as clean as you can and be
aware of your surroundings. So guys, to close, I would strongly consider
that all of us to take this outbreak seriously. No need to panic exactly and change all facets
of your life, just be more diligent about the things you do. In terms of fitness, you ain’t gotta worry
anyway. Your gainz will be waiting for you when you
get back on track. Stay safe, lift smart, and get your protein. Please share this video if you found it helpful
so we can make sure everyone else make good decisions moving forward about gym endeavors. I appreciate you all for watching, and as
always and again, GET YOUR PROTEIN!

100 comments

  1. Quick update: The outbreak situation seem to be getting worse and even though I only wrote this script two days ago, I think it's important to stress more that if your current region is dealing with a large outbreak, then PLEASE stay safe and workout at home! At the very least, please follow the instructions of your local authorities, especially if it directly impacts your local gym. You can also come spend time with us on discord if you like 😛

    Stay healthy and get your protein! <3

  2. Eveything and anything that u can touch in public is considered dangerous now, people even use alcohol spray or alcohol tissue to use trolly or touch other public stuffs.

  3. What if your gym is continuously sanitizing, and cleaning every time I even saw this member spray Clorox all over the locker room lol

  4. So glad this video didn't go a different direction. Thank you for making this! Literally helping save lives.

  5. Use your intuition. If you feel like “getting your pump” or “getting swole” is worth the risk and you’re absolutely convinced that there is no way you can stay healthy at home, then go ahead.

  6. I finally started going to the gym regularly, all gyms are now closed in my country … ( only food stores, pharmacies and gas station are working)

  7. Spaniard here. I haven't even watched the video but please please please stay home. It's on your hands. There are several workout alternatives you can do at home. Here all gyms and non-essential centres have been closed. Don't act too late just like we did.

  8. What people don’t realize is that regardless of what you do, most people will be exposed to this virus. Some will get mild symptoms, some none, and some will die. Sadly, just like any other virus.

  9. In Berlin/Germany all gyms and sports clubs are closed, since yesterday (schools, theater etc. also). I order some equipment for home training. Did you think 180kg deadlifts are ok for my neighbours? 🤨

  10. Good thing I have set up a small gym at home. Still, I doubt people should work out if they are sick… right?

  11. And what if the crisis goes on for an entire year. A year is a long time to avoid weight training and I hate calisthenics.

  12. I've always said, "Im ready to die for the gains!".. time to put my money where my mouth is. #GainTrainToSwolevilleNeverStops™️

  13. This is good motivation for anyone to get themselves a homegym, all you need is a powerrack, a barbell, a rogue bench and a few dumbells, some bands and chains and you're good to go.

  14. Well im going to gym for now always 11:00pm to 14:00pm cuz they said this virus cant handle high heat and only survive 3 hours

  15. hell no i ain't going to the gym right now. If you wanna catch a virus the gym is where you'll catch a virus… i just got me some resistance bands and doing bodyweight stuff at home.

  16. Guys download Houseparty to maintain ur social life. This is not and ad, lol. I’m just a 15 yo kid in self quarantine who is having fun with all my friends, the app could be useful to u

  17. Go to the gym just don’t train like your Rocky Balboa. You will get more sick from the Walmart crowds because you want to buy 10 packs of toilet paper and 20 bottles of bleach.

  18. Thanks for a video like this. We really need something like this at this special time. Can you also make a video about how to work out at home if we can’t go to the gym?

  19. My City already has 4 covid 19 cases confirmed, with over 1,5k in the entire region of NRW(a state in germany), i guess no gym for me.

  20. I literally went today, but there’s was only like 12 people. We only have 1 case of corona in my city. I think I’m good, I wash my hands throughly and I literally wipe down everything. Take off my shoes and spray them down with Lysol and change my clothes as soon as I get in.

  21. I go to 24 Hour Fitness in Orange County. Past week there’s literately been like 2-3 other people in the entire gym during the afternoon. It’s great!

  22. The most dangerous one is gym all sweat, no fresh air all dirty hands full packed i am avoiding it right now
    Please be safe
    Started calisthenics in home and bought 25kg adjustable dumbells thats safe.

  23. I decided to not go to the gym for a while and instead train home, due to the fact that a lot of older people are member of my local gym :/

  24. Man, I work at a gym. I got 5 emails from head office basically telling me that if someone comes to workout, they must wash their hands before and after. And, if they tough any machines or equipment, I must wash it as soon as they're done using it. We're really cracking down at my gym. But I'll be pretty pissed if I end up getting the virus. Lots of people still come to the gym.

  25. YES! I've been waiting for a loooong time for you to use your original quote "it depends" you made my day 🙂

  26. I was in Hong Kong when the SARS epidemic hit. It shut down/bankrupted the largest gym chain in the city after a couple of cases were reportedly counteracted from there. Theres everybreason to think COVID19 will do more damage to the industry globally.

  27. Can.t wipe down dumb bells everytime, how about just wash your hands after workout, dont touch your face while working out

  28. Thanks for making this vid!!! About to share it on my accounts and HOPE that everyone that watches it, gets the reality of the situation at hand and wake up!!! As much as a gym rat I be…I'm doing NOTHING but home workouts and outdoor cardio. Good ol military training about to get utilized to the fullest!!!

    Stay safe, people!!! Think about those that AREN'T (not by choice) as healthy as you!!! Don't spread it to them because of your selflessness!!!

  29. Whether I want to go to the gym or not, I expect all gyms to eventually close as the outbreak worsens. For now, I bought a set of resistance bands so I can do my workouts at home when that happens.

  30. In Pennsylvania, late Friday the Governor said to please stay away from crowded places like theatres and gyms. So even I'd this video says it's fine….I'm going to work out at home for awhile

  31. They just closed my gym, the owner said they won't but the government came up with more drastic measures 🙁

  32. The beefcakes of the world are strong enough to survive Covid-19 infection, amirite?! Go to the gym, GymBros, you can't afford to skip arm day. lol hahahahaha you fucking ignorant morons. This is the most pathetic debate I've seen given how explosively drastic the global situation is. North America is a matter of weeks, at best, months away from where parts of Asia and Europe are currently at. Most people are scared of stepping into grocery stores, but are risking it all to preserve enough resources to feed their loved ones and you guys are willing to risk it all just so you don't lose those gains. Fucking absolutely pathetic and shameful. Darwinism will certainly sort your ass out, on that note. I say good riddance to you bunch of selfish idiots.

  33. The retards in the UK cancelled my sunday leauge football match with about 20 spectators and 25 kids and school with 1500 people isn't cancelled

  34. For now I say buy yourself some gym equipment for home use. I have two sets of dumbbells and a bar with weights. Along some things that help with abs. Everyone should eat healthy more than usual just so then when it is safe to go back to the gym, then you don't have to do as much work to burn off more.

  35. Well I work with a thousand people at my job everyday so I see no big deal going to the gym. I will let everyone else stress themselves out over this.

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