Charline did not waste a minute.
“I came back as soon as it reopened!
»Launches this young woman of 33 years, in front of the Fitness Park of Saint-Ouen, last Wednesday.
This 2,000 square meter room, filled with ellipticals, treadmills and weight machines, has just reopened, after eight months of closure due to Covid.
Like the dozens of others that exist in the region, these structures did not waste a minute as soon as the government authorized their reopening, for the new phase of deconfinement on June 9.
Impatient, Charline jumped in at her lunch break to find her room - time to load the “Tous anti-Covid” app to register before entering the room, which can accommodate up to 99 people (half the usual tonnage).
“I came three times a week before closing time,” explains Charline.
I really missed it.
I appreciate having a framework, and all the equipment available.
We had to find palliatives
During these long months of closures, the regulars of these private gyms, which have proliferated for several years (Fitness Park, Neo Ness, Basic Fit, Moving…) in the heart of cities, had to find palliatives.
According to the Regional Institute for the Development of Sport (IRDS), 1.3 million Ile-de-France residents regularly practice sport in one of its commercial structures (fitness and bodybuilding, but also five-a-side football, padel or basketball).
During confinement, only 48% of them managed to maintain at least one hour of sport per week, and 19% even completely ceased all activity, reveals the IRDS in a study to be published this Tuesday on Ile-de-France residents and the sport during confinement.
"I gained 15 kg during confinement"
"I did not have the courage to play sports at home, I ate all the time ..." laments a regular at the Fitness Park in Saint-Ouen.
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This is the case for Patrick, 34, who lives in Aulnay-sous-Bois (Seine-Saint-Denis) and also frequented the Saint-Ouen Fitness Park, 4 to 5 times a week.
“I have completely stopped since March 2020, he admits.
I gained more than 15 kg!
I did not have the courage to play sports at home, I was confined, I ate all the time ... "The reopening was good:" I did treadmill running, cardio, bodybuilding… without a trainer, without competition: just for sport!
The use of a coach is always possible, for 40 to 50 euros per hour.
Most rooms have profiles to offer you, linked to the structure but working as a self-employed person.
But, given the budget, more than half of users of commercial sports structures do without a trainer, according to the IRDS.
Especially since apps, free or less expensive than a coach, sometimes do the trick by offering precise and monitored training plans.
It was notably the choice of Charline.
But, even guided by a virtual coach at 50 euros per year, it's not easy to motivate yourself at home.
“When you don't have the weight to do the weight lifting, for example, it has nothing to do with it!
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Morgan, 27 years old with a PSG jersey on his back, may well be athletic, he also needs the setting offered by the gyms to motivate himself. “I came 3 to 4 times a week,” he explains. And there, for eight months, apart from 2-3 underground foots outside, I did nothing. This inhabitant of Cergy (Val-d'Oise) did not wait to find his Fitness Park. “That's what I missed the most. Sport is very important, the balance between private and professional life is at stake, ”he said.
The theaters are now ready to find their audience.
Half of the subscribers, on average, have left the ship.
Some, like Patrick, continued to pay 30 euros per month, "out of solidarity".
Others, more rare, came with medical certificates or as a high level athlete.
So, to bring people back, most venues offer specials.
Like Fitness Park, which is half price for the first 3 months of registration in June, July and August.
Watch out for overheating!
Favor a gentle recovery and gradually increase the load.
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If the reopening of the rooms delights the followers, it also involves some risks.
“The first night after the recovery, I did not sleep well, I had a lot of muscle aches, admits Patrick, who had cut, it is true, with any sporting practice for over a year.
But it is a good evil!
However, we should be cautious and favor a smooth recovery.
Here are some of the tips from Philippe Herbette, General Manager of Fitness Park, to reconnect with the gym in complete safety.
"It is often the most athletic who get back to it too hard and risk injury," he explains.
Start with cardio training.
Raising the heart rate a little is essential during the session, provided you do it gradually.
"From the least intense to the most intense, it is, in order, the classic bike, the elliptical trainer, the treadmill then the rower".
Favor "guided bodybuilding".
Then, before lifting the cast without thinking, it is better to use these guided weight machines, which allow you to gradually raise the load without endangering yourself.
Calculate his heart rate.
“You take the number 220 from which you subtract your age. 70% of this number corresponds to your beats per minute ”, explains Philippe Herbette. For example, if you are 40 years old, your maximum heart rate is: (220-40) x 70% = 126. “For a beginner, you shouldn't raise your heart to 160,” he warns.