Trainers move fitness classes outside on Monday

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Many fitness buffs will have a reason to smile Monday.

The province announced Friday that classes and outdoor personal training will be allowed in areas covered by grey-zone restrictions like Toronto and Peel Region.

Sean Blinch, owner of Red Leaf Fitness, said he and his clients couldn’t be happier with the news.

“We are mapping out our class plans and anticipating the numbers we’ll get,” said Blinch, who operates on Caledonia Rd. in York.

If the temperature drops to below 7C or if it rains, the gym will go back to Zoom classes as they have until now.

Blinch said that on Monday, he expects to have four in-person classes with a maximum of 10 participants.

Ricky Huynh and his trainers of Fit Factory Fitness on King St. W. will also be holding outdoor classes on Monday.

He said clients will be meeting outside the gym and go on a “field trip” to locations such as by the CN Tower and Canoe Landing for the class.

“The trainers can’t wait. It’s their passion,” Huynh said.

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“Classes will have a capacity of 10. We have a lot of interested clients and there is a waitlist,” added Huynh, who worries about opening only to face another lockdown.

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie said fitness is a part of life.

“I am very pleased that the Government of Ontario has made several adjustments to public health measures in the grey zone, which I firmly believe will have a positive impact on the mental, physical and financial health of so many people in Mississauga,” Crombie said in a release.

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