Marble Falls gyms get creative with re-opening with re-opening criteria



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Marble Falls Athletic Club owner Patrick Bonner and certified personal trainer Johnny Henderson planned May 15 how to space clients for fitness activities in anticipation of the re-opening of facilities Monday, May 18.





By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

From a new name to a new way of doing business upon re-opening, the Verus Strength & Fitness Transformation Lab, has cultivated a plan for eventually coaxing clients back into the facility by keeping them active online.

Recommendations for owners and facility organizers under Gov. Greg Abbot's re-opening allowance starting May 18 for private and public fitness facilities include asking their clients to wear face coverings, utilize good hand hygiene and cough etiquette as well as clean and sanitize equipment and surfaces frequently.

“We just had a (professional service) to do an exhaustive cleaning and disinfecting wall to wall,” Verus owner and Coach Calvin Richard said. “(Verus clients) were able to get a dumbbell or kettle bell or jump rope.

“The floor is mapped out. “Everyone is going to have shoes off when they come in,” he added. “Everyone will have an infrared touchless temperature.” …

Marble Falls Athletic Club owner Patrick Bonner is following much of the same guidelines. However, he faces several other challenges in his 17,000 square-foot facility.

“We've been trying to do some improvements in the club, improvements in the pool area, re-upholstery work, general cleaning and sanitizing,” said Bonner, who co-owns the club with his wife Mindy Sue Ramirez Bonner. “We're getting all our guidelines in place, so that we comply with CDC guidelines.”

As the re-opening unfolds, he and his staff are relying on cooperation from members as well. …

Find the rest of this story  in the Tuesday, May 19 issue of The Highlander, the newspaper of record for the Highland Lakes. To offer a news tip or comment, email Subscribe to the newspaper by calling 830-693-4367 or click here to subscribe to our e-Edition online.


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