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YPL Changes Studio Practices

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New Changes to YPL Studio Policies and Practices

To begin, there’s no guidance at the federal level on what exactly businesses should be doing to alleviate the COVID virus. Nothing about equipment, or disinfectants, that should be used, let along how to use them. And there’s precious little advice from the state either, beyond recommending distancing and sanitizing by equipment users.

Having researched available equipment and techniques, YPL is confident the new class changes we’ve put in place and the enhanced hygienic practices we’ve incorporated will keep exposure to a minimum. Above all, frequent and thorough handwashing stops contact transmitted COVID in its tracks.

1. Class Changes

To help prevent community spread by either airborne or contact transmission, YPL is restricting exposure by limiting class size and observing distancing.

  1. Privates are unaffected. The popular New Client Intro 4-Pack remains available.
  2. Duets and Group classes are restricted to family members only. Contact (email or call) the studio for details.
  3. Mat classes are cancelled for the foreseeable future.
  4. Social distancing will be observed, and instructor-student contact is restricted to verbal instruction only.

Class descriptions and availability updates will be posted here as conditions change.

2. Enhanced Hygiene and Sanitizing

Force gym wipesThe two methods of COVID viral transmission are contact and airborne, either by droplet or aerosol. The first is controlled with antiseptics, the latter by wearing a suitable mask, and making sure the air is continuously exchanged and/or filtered.

Your Pilates Lifestyle has always had a rigorous policy of student responsibility for equipment sanitizing. Again, this is in accordance with Classical Pilates instruction. For many years the specially formulated EPA registered antiseptic gym wipes we use to clean the equipment have been effective in helping limit the spread of conventional diseases, including viruses similar to 2019 SARS-CoV-2. We will maintain this vigorous approach to hygiene.

  • The instructor will wear a mask. Clients are encouraged to do so as well. Masks have been ordered and once received will be available on request.
  • Unless clients are family members, only one student at a time will be allowed in the studio.
  • Upon entering the studio, clients will use hand sanitizer before beginning their session. Sign-in will be completed by the instructor.
  • After each session, students will clean the apparatus in the usual fashion, using the provided Force gym wipes.

Non-apparatus protocol: After each class we’ll wipe down doorknobs, lavatory handles, and other commonly touched hard surfaces. We’ll disinfect soft surfaces with a combination alcohol/hydrogen peroxide spray on a daily basis.

If you use the bathroom during your session, remember to wash your hands thoroughly when finished.

Finally, if for whatever reason you even think you’re getting sick, stay home. The late cancel policy won’t apply, just call so we can make the necessary adjustments to your account.

3. Environmental Changes

To prevent airborne transmission, we’ve upgraded the A/C filter and introduced a medical grade air purifier to help control suspended contaminates.

  1. Installed a MERV 13 rated HVAC return filter.
  2. Installed a true HEPA medical grade 3 rated H13 filter equipped air purifier.

medify air purifierThe purifier runs continuously, filtering the studio air every 15 minutes. Its HEPA medical grade 3-stage H13 filtration is rated 99.95% efficient at trapping particles as small as 0.1 micron, well within the size range (0.15) of COVID19. It also catches a lot of other airborne stuff we don’t want to breath.

The purifier also has a UV ionizing function that helps trap particles as well. This will only be used when the studio is closed.

Help Us Help You Stay Safe

These existing practices and new policy additions will help protect clients and staff by interrupting community spread by using hygienic best practices and new technology to combat the disease. We look forward to a safe, sensible resumption of Classical Pilates instruction.

Studio Closes to Help Stop Community Spread

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Winning Means Staying At Home

Hi everyone. Here’s a quick update to let you know where I’m at — we’re all in this together. On Monday, March 23, Your Pilates Lifestyle closed the studio at the direction of the State of Florida’s guidelines regulating gyms and fitness centers, and in accordance with the opinion of health care professionals across the country.

Although I’m really missing our workouts together and looking forward to the day we can resume our regular Pilates fitness instruction, like millions of others I understand the critical nature of what’s needed to prevent community spread. Needless to say, I’m anxious to reopen, but not before it’s safe for my Pilates family.

Meanwhile, it’s important that we don’t forget the important role exercise and fitness play in maintaining an optimal immune system. Keep your Pilates muscle memory active by making mat basics part of your regular stay-at-home routine. Take a few minutes every day to stretch, bend, and lift.

Keeping Your Distance

Chips and dip while binging on Netflix may tempt us, but balancing that with a walk outside is a definite mental and physical boost, according to this article in Self magazine. If you do head out, remember the correct intervals for physical distancing. Sad to say, it seems that there’s a fair percentage of people new to our park pathways who seem bent on disobeying that much repeated six-foot barrier that helps wall off the invisible invader.

My job, and yours, is to ignore their rude, inconsiderate, and I might add illegal behavior and step way aside to avoid possible infection. Are you a jogger? It’s even more critical to maintain maximum separation. There’s plenty of research emerging on how far our exhalations spread, both passively and during peak cardio activity like running or cycling.

Better Safe Than – Just Better Safe

Guidelines for runners (and I should think anyone who’s actively working their cardiovascular system) means 25 feet or so, based on the cloud we all create when we exhale to full capacity. This means while approaching as well as passing. If that’s a problem where you’re exercising, maybe consider changing locations.

Please stay engaged, stay in touch, and for my clients who are also my friends, I’m eagerly looking forward to resuming our Pilates journey together, again. Stay safe, home, well.

YPL Operations Update

Novel Coronavirus Precautions

We’re now bombarded with a constant stream of breaking news and medical advice about what we should and shouldn’t do as COVID-19 plants its foothold in the United States and businesses have to react. But the best continuing, constant advice? Avoid crowds, sanitize, and wash our hands.

Every 24 hours there’s a new round of insight into the disease. Sometimes it’s bad news, but increasingly there’s reason for optimism. Researchers are focusing the enormous might of the world’s scientific community towards developing an understanding of, and a solution to, COVID-19, and its sure to follow successors. Today, our best knowledge is based on information that’s only a few months old. This will change as data continues to accumulate.

From the day I first opened the door, my studio has been a small, custom boutique, designed to deliver high quality instruction to at most two individuals at a time: privates (1:1), and duets (1:2, usually couples). By contrast, the typical fitness environment serves groups from a dozen or more at a time to hundreds of members throughout the day.

And unlike most (for instance) yoga studios, our equipment is sanitized after each use. If you have any doubts, please feel free to add an additional layer of protection by wiping down your equipment before using.

Force gym wipesAt YPL, we’ve always followed a “better safe than sorry” approach to keeping the studio hygienic. The gym wipes every client is required to use after every session are effective against both viruses and bacteria. We also encourage hand washing after your practice, ensure isopropyl based hand sanitizer is at hand, and make anti-viral tissues that kill 99.9% of cold and flu viruses available for use.

We’re sanitizing door handles throughout the day, filling out the check-in sheet autonomously, and encouraging extra attention to hand washing after using the bathroom.

And its always been policy to instruct every client, if there’s any indication of flu or cold symptoms, to stay home rather than risk spreading an illness.

Florida ranks among the least immunized when it comes to getting our vaccinations, including flu, pneumonia, and measles shots. While there currently is no treatment for the novel coronavirus and its named infection, COVID-19, we can and will practice proper hygiene with a renewed dedication to inhibit transmission, while hoping that not taking advantage of proven vaccines (flu, pneumonia, measles) doesn’t handicap those who may become infected.

COVID-19 demands special attention, and we’ve redoubled our efforts to keep our space safe. Your cooperation both in the studio and throughout your daily life will help. Thank you for your support.