The relaxing of coronavirus restrictions for outdoor gatherings was met with a mixed-response among gyms and trainers on Friday with some starting group fitness immediately while others are taking a wait-and-see approach.
Crawford Fitness owner Rachel Crawford and Fitness Perfection owner Nick Gray are among those taking advantage of up to 10 people being able to attend outdoor activities.
Fitness Perfection ran its first outdoor class on Friday morning and Mrs Crawford is holding a boot camp starting on Saturday, both with spacial distancing precautions in place.
"I've been doing online personal training and outdoor one on one because that's all we were allowed to do," Mrs Crawford said.
"I've been doing group online classes via Google Meets."
She said the booked-out boot camp will run each Saturday for six-weeks and will involve nine participants plus herself, and she may introduce another one.
However, she said she's had to change the way the boot camp is run to abide by spacial distancing and not share equipment.
"Normally when I run a boot camp there's a lot of partner work and partner exercises," she said.
"We will still have boot camp games and have a fun time and a bit of a laugh."
Mr Gray said his business ran its first outdoor exercise session on Friday morning and was followed by coffee at Factory Espresso.
"That same group is booked in for next week Monday, Wednesday and Friday," he said.
"Even though it's cold people are over not training."
Mr Gray said the other trainers were also looking at doing outdoor group sessions at different locations in Orange and online group fitness classes will continue.
However, F45 manager and head trainer Sam Powell said outdoor classes would not resume until Monday, May 25.
Mr Powell said the gym would offer the outdoor classes to its members but was unsure how it will be received with the weather about to get colder.
Live Life Get Active program trainer Neil Brydon said the free exercise program at Newman Park is also unlikely to resume until at least mid-June.
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