covid-19 procedures

Nov 23 Update:

Exeutive Order 180 requires that masks be worn in fitness centers at all times regardless of whether they are exercising or not.

August 3 Update:

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) says that “Gyms, exercise facilities, and fitness facilities may open their indoor areas to serve any people prescribed or directed to use those facilities by a medical or health care professional.”

Under this guidance, we will open our indoor facility at 101 S. Elm for those that wish to train there.  We will also continue sessions outdoors and through Zoom for those that wish to do so.

The NC DHHS has a list of requirements for fitness center and gyms to open that you can find here: (

We will be complying with all these requirements.  Here are just a sample of a few of the requirements that we will be following:

  1. Limit occupancy to ensure social distancing.

  2. Post signage that reminds people to stay 6 feet apart.

  3. Have all employees wear a face covering when they are or may be within 6 feet of another person.

  4. Have all patrons wear a face covering when they are inside the establishment, unless they are actively engaged in physical activity or customer states that an exception applies.

  5. Promote hand washing and hand sanitizer to staff and individuals.

  6. Provide hand sanitizer.

  7. Perform cleaning and disinfection of equipment and high touch areas.

  8. Post signage requesting that people who have been symptomatic with fever and/or cough do not enter.

Please contact me with any questions.  My goal has always been and will always be to keep my clients as healthy and safe as possible!

         - Ben Austin

March 23 Update:

The statewide Stay at Home Order requires all indoor exercise facilities to close.  This order is in effect until April 29.  Please contact me about other options for training.  You can also learn more about Virtual Training by clicking here.  I look forward to helping you stay healthy during this time!

- Ben Austin

March 16 Update:

I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe!  My goal is to continue to help everyone stay healthy through the following weeks.  Like me, I'm sure you have received countless Covid-19 updates the past few days, but I did want to communicate 3 important bullet points to all my clients and potential clients.

  • All exercise equipment that we use is disinfected after workouts, but in addition I will now disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, handrails, handles for equipment, and other high contact areas in the fitness center at least once a day. This is also in addition to the daily cleanings from the 101 Elm Street Office Building staff.

  • My 24 Hour cancellation policy will NOT be in effect for the near future. The Center for Disease Control has advised that if you feel sick OR if a family member is sick PLEASE stay home.  Even if this means canceling 5 minutes before your appointment. You will not be charged for the cancellation.

  • The Fitness Center at 101 Elm is semi-private.  There is never more than 10 people in the Fitness Center at one time.  A majority of the day 2 or less are in the Fitness Center. Tenants of the office building can still use the facility, but it is still less trafficked than a large gym.  Still, if you would like to consider me training you in your home please contact me for a time to schedule those sessions.  

Please let me know if you have questions!

-Ben Austin