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What has Happened to Good Old Common Sense?

Sep 02, 2020

I just finished watching an episode of "Hard Knocks" featuring the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers. Anyone who knows me knows I live and die by the Rams performance!  If you aren't familiar with Hard Knocks, it is a reality series featuring a NFL team during training camp for the upcoming season. 

What I found interesting about this episode was both teams were performing strength training. Why would this be interesting? It only makes sense that football players would be lifting weights. Well, if you have been following the news all gyms are closed in Los Angeles County. Hmm, the NFL teams can lift weights but the average person can't? This doesn't make any sense to me. 

Yes, the Rams had their area set up under a huge tent so technically they were out doors but I didn't see that from the Chargers. Why would it be okay for an NFL team to lift but not the average person. 

I have multiple friends who own gyms in CA and they aren't allowed to train people indoors. They are only allowed to coach people outdoors. Their facilities are as big as 7,000 sq/ft. That is big for a coaching center like Y.E.S. Fitness. . Y.E.S. Fitness is only 3,300 sq/ft. You mean to tell me that you can't train one person safely in 7,000 sq/ft? Somehow the NFL can. 

Common sense would say that you can train someone safely in that much space. There is plenty of room for social distancing. Mask can be worn and equipment sanitized. 

I understand the pandemic has many challenges but let's use some common sense when making decisions.

All the research supports gyms being safe.  All the research shows exercise will improve the immune health, reduce the chances of developing chronic disease. lessen the rick of contracting non-communicable or communicable disease (like coronavirus), reduce stress and so much more! Where is the common sense? Get the gyms open! It is life or death.


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