After hours and hours of sifting and dissecting conflicting QLD Health information and resources, this is what we found out about when to wear a face mask in our gym.
Please remember, common sense prevails and as long as we all do our part to keep ourselves and each other safe, as well as always compliant with QLD Health Directives.
That being said, it still is sad, that Queensland Health Have Not Made It Easy For Our Industry As To When It Is Appropriate To Wear A Face Mask At Our Gym, With So Many Uncertainties And Anomalies Causing Confusion To Many Of Our Members.
As the days go by we are receiving different messages from when they first launched this new Directive on Monday 11th January 2021.
An article dated 12th Jan 2021 from ABC reported on how confusing QLD Health and QLD Government have made it for gyms. Here is a summary of what ABC has quoted:
After taking an unfair beating since March 2020, its finally encouraging to see the media acknowledging our health and fitness industry. Since COVID-19 started affecting us, our industry has taken a massive hit. Even today, some 10 months down the track, we are still seeing clear examples from QLD Health and QLD Government where proper planning, forthcoming information and genuine support for our industry are lacking. Sadly, this impacts thousands working in our industry being forced to cut and pauses our livelihoods, while other Queenslander have never been burdened financially.
To underwrite their actions, our industry has been labelled as higher risk, but we have never seen any forthcoming research and evidence to justify this claim. As a result we have been boxed into this "non essential" category, where there is so much confusion, contradictions and anomalies on how Queensland Health and the current QLD Government inflict directives that are over the top and not common sense.
We understand that QLD Health and QLD Govt may at times be under pressure and cant always get it right straight off, but they still have been fully paid very healthy incomes in the last 10 months to make the right decisions, while thousands of innocent people in our industry are still struggling to survive due to being forced to lose their livelihoods and make enormous financial sacrifices, through no fault of their own.
It is time QLD Health and QLD Government take the time to realise and understand that no 2 gyms are the same. We know at Helfi Addiction, we exceed not just our industry standards, but also provide a COVID-19 SAFE place well beyond many public and commercial places, because of the extra protocols we put in place.
We are such a lower risk place, so why are we being boxed in with the bigger super clubs, when we operate nothing like them?
Don't Allow The Virus To Slip Into Our Community Again!
QLD Health and QLD Government, have continually stated that they are doing "EVERYTHING POSSIBLE" and also emphasising that "THIS UK STRAND OF VIRUS IS "70% MORE CONTAGIOUS".
There is no question that we have always and will continue to comply with QLD Health Directives and support our community, but clearly both QLD Health and QLD Government both need to do more, and "do everything possible" to support our QLD Community to ensure this virus does not enter our community due to ineffective, non stringent directives and protocols for the whole Quarantining Situation.
It has now been 10 months after our first lock down. Their has been plenty of opportunity for learnings from how the Virus slipped through Quarantine and contaminated the Victorian community in masses and killed many innocent people, after it was poorly governed, Surely there is absolutely no excuse for how this "HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS UK STRAND OF THE VIRUS" was allowed to slip through quarantine and put our QLD community at risk so easily. We as Queenslanders, cannot and should not let this go unnoticed, while we have been put at risk of contracting the virus, and while our livelihoods are being compromised through no fault of our own,
C'mon QLD Health and QLD Government!
Keep the Virus Out Of Queensland!
Keep Queenslanders Safe!
Don't Allow The Virus To Slip Through Quarantine
And Risk Our Community Again!
To our Loyal Helfi Family, from 6pm 11 January 2021, restrictions during the 3-day lockdown will ease. and our Gym Facility will be fully operational, with just 1 change to our existing protocols, as directed by the Queensland Government and Queensland Health.
As a result of our already strict COVID-19 SAFE practices and protocols, the only change for our members is - YOU CAN ONLY ENTER OUR PREMESIS WEARING A MASK.
Queensland Health have made it very clear we must all carry a face mask with us at all times when we leave home, unless we have a lawful reason not to. As such, no Helfi Gym Member is permitted to enter our gym premises, without wearing a mask, even if they forget to bring it with them - as this is a breach of QLD Health Directives. We ask for your full co-operation and support with this, irrespective or whether you agree or disagree with this directive, as we are merely doing our part to stay compliant.
Please note, if you have a lawful reason not to wear a mask, we would be happy to support you with this, as long as you can support us by providing evidence of an approved authorised QLD Health exemption. You will not be able to enter, until we can provide you with a formal acceptance, because we will need to put extra steps in place to have you work out in safe way for you and our Helfi Members and Staff, and this may take a little bit of time to prepare and implement. As such, we kindly ask that you please formally notify us, prior to attending, so we can begin this formal assessment and process to support you on this. YOU CANNOT Just enter our premises without wearing a mask and expect to exercise without receiving our formal approval and agreeing to comply with extra steps we will put in place to support you. We ask for your understanding and patience on this, as we are adapting to the new directives and want to do everything possible to ensure everyone is kept safe.
We are proud that our Helfi Members, can access our gym facility, with everything else being back to normal for you, as we have always met the guidelines the Government and QLD Health has suggested.
Our Helfi Gym Members can continue to feel safe and comfortable when working out at Helfi Addiction 24/7 Fitness because we will still continue to operate with the following strict COVID SAFE Protocols:
So there is no confusion, we kindly ask that you please read below the new QLD Health directives, to put things into perspective and to provide our Helfi Family the reassurance we have exceeding these requirements.
Please note the new QLD Government Health Directives commencing 6.01pm Monday 11th January 2021:
Eased restrictions for Greater Brisbane will be in place from 6.01pm 11 January to 1am 22 January.
The Greater Brisbane region includes:
You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to. You must wear a mask in indoor spaces, except in your home. For example:
Children under 12 years are and people affected by a medical condition or disability are exempt.
Home confinement and movement
You can leave your home for any purpose. You can travel anywhere in Australia. Please note other states and territories may have restrictions in place that prevent you from travelling to them.
Remember to always:
Practise good hygiene
Exercise common sense
Stay at home when unwell
Thank you for supporting us and we look forward to seeing you back focussed on your health goals, only this time wearing a mask until 22nd January 2021
To our loyal Helfi Family. As you know we have always taken COVID-19 extremely seriously.
We have put strict measures in place well and truly over and above our industry standards and well and truly above the COVID-19 SAFE PLAN expectations of our QLD Government.
We have protected all our members with our regular TGA approved COVID-19 SAFE SHIELD on all touch points, over and above our regular daily cleaning protocols.
Despite our efforts and protocols in making our gym safer than most public and commercial places, the government has made a decision to box us into a general category of non-essential services, once again.
We are disappointed with this decision, given the efforts we go to, to do our part to protect the community, over and above many.
We are astonished as to how the Qld Government have taken such a hard line on closing services that are well prepared with COVID-19 SAFE PRACTICES, yet they have not taken a hard enough line to put strict measures in place to prevent this virus from entering our community from quarantine and outside of Queensland.
This virus has been devastating to the community in more ways than one, and the only way it can enter is from an outside /overseas source.
Sadly, the Qld Government has had plenty of time to prepare iron clad protocols to stop it from entering our community, just as they had plenty of time to issue many COVID-19 SAFE INDUSTRY PLANS to support the community.
There has been measures in place to allow professional sports, such as AFL, NRL, RUGBY, CRICKET, etc to continue, by forcing them into COVID-19 SAFE Hubs for months on end and seasons. And because of this they have been fortunate enough to get through their seasons successfully, and even with mass audiences too.
We are grateful that this COVID-19 SAFE HUB has worked successfully for these sports, and it showed that people are willing to sacrifice some freedom in order to keep their livelihood alive by living in isolated HUBS.
We are astounded, however, as to why the QLD GOVERNMENT has not made it MANDATORY to COVID-19 SAFE HUB all workers who make contact with Higher Risk Quarantined people that already have been infected with the virus, especially after what happened in Melbourne.
These quarantined people are way more likely to pass the virus onto workers, who in turn are being allowed to access the community after shift end. How has this been allowed?
There are many people looking for work, and there would not be any shortage of people putting their hands up to work in a HUB if they were well compensated and supported by the Qld Government, as a result of being HUBBED, shielded and isolated from the greater community, while they do such higher risk work.
To expect, innocent hard working people in our community doing the right thing, over and above what is expected, to take another hit, is concerning and not fair, when this should have been prevented with stricter and better measures in place.
Despite our concerns with how the QLD GOVERNMENT has let us down by not being strict and uncompromising enough to stop this virus from entering our community directly from quarantine, we will respect their decision to have us close our gym facility for the requested 3 days.
We have always known things can change quickly and we have prepared ourselves to adapt accordingly.
On this occasion, we will remain flexible in continuing to support the government's request to shut all gyms down, even though this decision has been made without them assessing individual standards, without consideration of our strict protocols, and despite them being fully responsible for not being strict enough with preventing COVID-19 getting into our QLD community from sources outside of QLD.
As such, we will remain open today until 6pm and will re-open 6pm on Monday 11th January 2021, as per government directive.
We hope you enjoy your COVID-19 long weekend, and hope Queenslanders do the right thing, so we can go about our livelihoods without further unfair and unsupported QLD Government choices and decisions.
We pray and hope, no body gets badly ill or sick from this sad situation, that should have been prevented.
And we hope our fellow 'non-essential' workers and businesses, who have been forced to close, through no fault of their own, can get through this, and are as lucky as we are in continually being supported by our local Helfi Family and community.
| Gym in Coorparoo Nearby Local Area | How Helfi Gym Member Graeme W. at 33 Year of Age, Recovered From Potential Back Surgery
At Helfi Addiction 247 Fitness Centre in Woolloongabba (Gym in Coorparoo nearby local area), we are all about Real People with Real Stories. Our Purpose Is Simple: To attract a wonderful community of like minded people that feel happy and comfortable to achieve health and fitness goals in their own way - without judgement, ego and risk.
"I’ve always enjoyed an active lifestyle, so I was devastated when I injured my back a couple of years ago and was unable to participate in the things I enjoy.
When I was ready to walk into a gym again, I approached Helfi Addiction to discuss membership options. The staff immediately identified my situation and together we created a plan which focussed on building the foundation needed for a successful recovery.
The duty of care exhibited by the staff ensured that my programs and workouts were executed in a safe and effective manner. They have also been very supportive when external influences threatened to derail my recovery.
I was faced with the prospect of undergoing back surgery, which had a profound impact on my motivation and wellbeing. The Helfi team assured me that the work I was doing at the gym will guarantee that the path of surgery will not be necessary. This advice has not only been true, but together with my program it has also given me the confidence to return to the active lifestyle which makes life so enjoyable.
Helfi Addiction has not only provided the support required to facilitate my recovery, but also the environment. With a friendly and diverse client base, the gym’s vibe is relaxed and comfortable. I’ve always felt welcome here, which was true from the first time I walked through the door. These days I live farther away from the gym, but I continue to choose Helfi because of the support and success I’ve experienced there."
About The Helfi Team
The Helfi Team are fully qualified personal trainers and fitness professionals that have years upon years of high level experience in specialising in the health, wellbeing and rehabilitation of people and their families nearby Coorparoo Gym local area.
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Supporting Thousands of Members in our gym in Coorparoo and Woolloongabba nearby local area, for over ten years. Rest assured you are in good hands.
You're looking forward to first starting or return to gym life like no other. So how can we help you make a successful transition into your new favourite Helfi Gym in Woolloongabba ? Our fitness industry leading Helfi Team outline their seven priorities to help the journey back into a new and exciting gym life.
While our Helfi Team cannot understand the concept of how a gym can actually make members feel uncomfortable and out of place; rest assured you will not experience this at Helfi Addiction 247 Fitness Gym in Woolloongabba. Below, you will see by the many testimonial and reviews, that at Helfi we only attract family friendly respectful gym members and staff. If you have had a negative Brisbane gym experience in the past, I know we may seem like a rarity in our industry, but it actually is the truth - read our reviews below if you don't believe us:
So when you do join our gym in Woolloongabba, what are some of the things you can do to transition back into gym life in a positive way? Our Helfi Team of mature, experienced and sensible fitness professionals suggest the following seven tips to get the most out of your start at Helfi Addiction 247 Fitness Gym in Woolloongabba:
Priority Number One – Restart the gym mindset
Firstly, you should not be looking at a resumption of the old gym life you had in the past. Most of us have had quite enough of previous Brisbane gyms already. What we suggest that you seek is a whole fresh start. Chances are, your health priorities and lives have been re-structured and social expectations and social connections at gyms have changed. The re-orientation you need to do now is to form new expectations and connections, and to renew your attitude towards learning more about success in your new helfi gym environment.
Limbering up for gym success will involve resetting mindset, rekindling new Helfi member and Helfi Team friendships, warming up your curiosity and stretching your imaginations. You most likely will need that underlying support of wonderful friendly people around you before you feel you can safely regain your confidence and feeling of freedom space to do it at your pace.
Priority Number Two – Plan for success
Given that the shape of our lives change more than any of us expect them to, you will need to plan for success. A way to do this is to assess your strengths instead of your challenges. This forward thinking approach can be used to establish a personalised plan for the next six months. We find that for those that focus on the challenges, there is a big risk of feeling that ones health or fitness has got away from them to the extent that they feel they cannot succeed. Clearly this is not true. Firstly, everyone has experienced some sort of major setbacks in their health and fitness journey at some point.. Secondly, there is plenty of time to catch up and succeed, if you don't rush it. It has been proven time and time again at our gym in Woolloongabba, that clear systems and plans will outdo slogging yourself into a frenzy or giving up.
Priority Number Three – Can’t wait to see you
One of the unique things that separates Helfi Addiction 247 Fitness Centre from other Brisbane Gyms, is that we only attract family friendly people who genuinely make our members and us feel comfortable in our very own gym environment, I mean, over the last 10 years, we built this gym around people we genuinely look forward to meeting, connecting and enjoying each others company. We couldn't think of anything worse than to turn up to our place of profession every day, not liking the people (staff and members) around us. That is why we take to the time to qualify and screen all our members and staff, to ensure our core values are aligned.
In saying that, we understand that one of the main things that helps us all to transition back in gym life, is knowing there is someone there who is wanting to see and support us. We all look forward to catching up with lovely respectful people and having some fun. Reaching out and making contact with new found gym friends and specific Helfi Team members sets this up. Most importantly, we do this by respecting your space at your pace - knowing that there is always someone there for support when you need it.
Priority Number Four – Safe and certain
We are all in the care of one another - ie both Helfi members and team. There is a clear understanding that we intend to keep everyone safe and well and have planned as much as we can, for this outcome. This means you can be reassured that we have critical plans that are COVID-19 Safe and are above industry standards, But it doesn't just stop there, our approach to health and fitness, is sensible and safe - we don't believe in prescribing crazy over the top exercises and workout routines. The bottom line to our safety is clear - ambiguity is our enemy and will increase risk, whereas clarity is our friend and will increase long-term safe enjoyment.
Priority Number Five – The power of the Rest and Recovery cycle
Rest and Recovery cycles are a common area of neglect, even in recent times. Fitness and gym programs can always change as goals are reset, But what about recovery cycles. No matter what your vision and health goal is, it is imperative that you establish a more usual recovery cycle, into your plan.
If you have ever experienced jet lag symptoms after working long hours without time off across an extended period of time, you may have noticed that it will take at least a couple of days of solid rest and sleep to feel fresh again. Exercise is no different. Depending on how much workload stress your body has been exposed to, try to give your body the time to re-adjust with a well planed recovery cycle before returning to gym again..
What will help your recovery cycle to achieve the best results for you body, is the careful planning of 'rest days'. This means prevention of over fatigue is the key here - you don't need to smash yourself until you are always crawling out of bed, It doesn't have to be this way! You want to get up in the mornings feeling revitalised and ready to add value for the day.
Moreover, if you are bold enough to program a lighter recovery week in your program every 6 to 8 weeks, then you are truly understanding the rest and recovery cycle at the next level. Getting your rest and recovery cycle back into sync with your gym lifestyle program improves so many other aspects of life such as work, learning and mental health.
Priority Number Six – Less really is more
It is understandable that you may feel in a rush to make up for the time and opportunities missed prior to retuning to the gym. Falling into the trap of cramming in as much as possible to make up for your lost time is a compelling idea that many are guilty of. Our experience shows that anyone who takes this approach will almost certainly set themselves up for failure and not achieve their gym goals. Rushing too much or putting too much in place too early is a recipe for exhaustion, disenchantment and demotivation. While you are back at the gym, easy does it. Taking your time now to slowly rebuild a sense of success will pay off big dividends. Take it slow & steady and make it fun!
Priority Number Seven – Review
About six to eight weeks after the resumption of your new Helfi gym lifestyle, we would highly recommend to schedule a time to review your progress. We recommend this be an individual check-in of the pluses and the minuses of your experiences, what you feel has worked well, as well as what hasn’t, and a re-assessment of what is going to help support and progress you in the future. The learnings and results of this review will enable you to shift to the next phase of your gym experience and health transformation.
About The Helfi Team
The Helfi Team are fully qualified personal trainers and fitness professionals that have years upon years of high level experience in specialising in the health and wellbeing of people and their families near our gym in Woolloongabba.
Stay in touch with The Helfi Team on Facebook and on Instagram
Supporting Thousands of Helfi Members in our Woolloongabba gym for over ten years, Rest assured you are in good hands.
So you’ve been searching around for a new Gym in Brisbane, that is not overcrowded, just so you can workout in your own space without bumping into other sweaty people beside you. Chances are, you wont be having much luck with the big chain overcrowded gyms. There still is one local independent Gym in Brisbane that is the exception...
At Helfi Addiction 247 Fitness Gym in Brisbane (Woolloongabba), we ensure our members avoid the crowds while working out. We have been established for over 10 years, and have a really solid foundation of loyal members that fit in comfortably in our huge 500+ square metre floor space. Quite simply, we made a management decision from day one that we will never increase our member base just for the sake of cramming in as many bodies as we can - we are about people and community where everyone becomes a friend, not a number.
Even before COVID-19 came around, we were well known for attracting family friendly people into our gym in Brisbane without the large crowd. Given the size of our floor space, we are fortunate enough to host many workout stations and a large variety of equipment - all 1.5m apart. What we have done successfully over the last 10 years is that we simply don't allow more people than workout spaces into our gym in Brisbane at anyone time.
Sadly, the feedback we get from our members who have been to other nearby gyms in Brisbane previously, is that these other gyms may look the part from outside, but they simply do not have a great vibe when you walk in. Its not just the intimidating crammed up equipment or the shady locker rooms that make them feel uncomfortable; its also the actual way their gym management allow too many people in at one time that makes their workout space uncomfortable, overcrowded and not appealing. When the issue of wanting to avoid the crowds comes up as a concern, there’s one thing these gym membership salespeople will never admit to - their gym is a practical mosh pit most hours of the day; because all they want to do is sell sell sell more memberships and push their membership base as high as possible.
The reality for many of these chain style gyms in Brisbane, is that instead of breezing from one piece of equipment to the next, you’ll silently line up behind each piece of equipment and jump on it before others can stake their claim. Sadly, this is the state of many chain franchise gyms in Brisbane around your local area. Rather than them admitting that you do have an alternative option such as a local independent gym like Helfi without the crowd, they push the focus on trying to make you get used to being forced to endure the crowds, by giving you a few work around suggestions. Here are the common work around tricks our members have shared with us, based on what their previous gym told them as a way to stop them from cancelling their membership with them due to their concerns:
At Helfi, before any of our members join, we always encourage them to check out our client reviews. We have posted them here for your convenience. You will notice that we never have any mention of crowds and members complaining of having to share equipment with long wait times. Now that's a pretty good sign for an independent local gym in Brisbane that has been around for over 10 years.
Lastly when you visit our gym for a tour, we are more that happy for you to make the visit during peak hours, or at a time that you would potentially workout, so you can get a better sense of vibe. We like to be transparent and that's because we have nothing to hide - we are about Real People with Rea, Stories.
P.S. Here's one last tip on how to avoid an overcrowded gym in Brisbane - always try to avoid gyms which hold constant promotions and plenty of free passes to entice new members. This typically means they have limited regard to existing members by liberally allowing non committed members unrestricted access so their gym won’t ever really empty out while there’s an influx of new people every day. This is not the Helfi Way!
About The Helfi Team
The Helfi Team are fully qualified personal trainers and fitness professionals that have years upon years of high level experience in specialising in the health and wellbeing of people and their families near our gym in Brisbane (Woolloongabba).
Stay in touch with The Helfi Team on Facebook and on Instagram
Supporting Thousands of Members in our gym in Brisbane (Woolloongabba) for over ten years. Be rest assured you are in good hands.
HELFI ADDCTION 24/7 ROLL-OUT FOR STAGE 1 OF QLD GOVERNMENT COVID-19 ROADMAP TO EASING RESTRICTIONS
With the release of the QLD Governement's COVID-19 Road Map for Easing Of Restrictions, we have been preparing tirelessly for what may be a tough journey back out of hibernation to do what we love best - to support our amazing loyal members and our local community.
SO, WHAT DOES THIS STAGE 1 MEAN FOR
HELFI ADDICTION 24/7 FITNESS CENTRE and OUR HELFI MEMBERS?
We Are Open For Outdoor Fitness With Up To 10 Clients At Any One Time!
While the Queensland Government has continued to hibernate our INDOOR Helfi Addiction 24/7 Fitness Centre until the 12th June 2020, we are now permitted to operate outdoors with gatherings of up to 10 people at one time (with our staff not included in the total number of people allowed).
Outdoor Fitness Hours
We have carefully designed the outdoor area to exceed health recommendations to ensure that we can safely accommodate up to 10 awesome clients at any one time, supervised and supported with our team of fitness professionals, For this reason we encourage you to pre-book your sessions with our team, to ensure you do not miss out or having to wait until a station is made available. Of course you can just turn up and take your chance, but this will be on a first in first served basis
We have always taken safety very seriously, and with COVID-19 still a major risk no matter where you are in Australia, we will not compromise on safe practices. Our livelihoods have been awfully impacted due to having to be forced into hibernation, and so we are extra committed in doing our part to ensure a further COVID-19 outbreaks does not happen.
Monday to Saturday
Please note, due to Government Guidelines, this service is not available at the moment*
Monday to Friday
Please note, due to Government Guidelines, this service is not available at the moment*
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