In consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic, safety measures and precautions must be taken when approaching a return to various activities. ACSM has created and curated a number of resources on the reopening of fitness facilities, sporting event considerations and returning to training/ play after illness.
ACSM is dedicated to supporting the exercise science and sports medicine community, particularly with resources that can be utilized during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check this page often as we will continue to add resources.
Recommendations for Reopening of Medical Fitness Facilities | Blog | Infographic
Medically integrated fitness centers feature enhanced professional expertise and programming necessary to safely and effectively assist people, especially those with chronic disease and multiple health risks. While safety and cleanliness were often already high priorities for medical fitness centers, the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly brought those issues further into the forefront, along with other issues which must be considered as facilities re-open to their communities. David Flench, MBA, ACSM-CEP, EIM2, and Brad A. Roy, Ph.D., FACSM provide considerations for medical fitness facilities.
Reopening Your Fitness Facility: Proving Hybrid In-Person and Virtual Options | Video, Part 1
Tony Maloney, ACSM-EP, has over a decade of experience managing a large-scale fitness facility. He shares insights that can help you to reopen your gym/fitness facility and reengage clients following mandatory shutdowns. He offers recommendations on proving hybrid in-person and virtual fitness options.
Videos Part 2-4 are available exclusively to ACSM members. Watch them here!
Fitness Center Re-Opening Playbook | ACSM member-exclusive downloadable eBook
Author Bill McBride has over 25 years of experience leading and managing all aspects of commercial health clubs, medical fitness centers, residential, community, multi-tenant, and corporate fitness sites. Bill consults and speaks regularly on industry-related topics throughout the world. The COVID-19 Re-Opening Playbook provides examples of re-opening considerations for fitness center staff and managers to keep in mind as they prepare to reopen their facilities.