The gym & fitness industry (the fastest growing industry in the last 5 years) bore the brunt of the effect of the CoVID-19 pandemic. Concerned about personal and family safety, people chose to stay away from the crowded place (cross-contamination fear). The disruption caused by the pandemic was easily visible with major GYM centres shutting shop or closing indefinitely. Ripples were felt across the world irrespective of the size and scale of the gym. Employees were laid off with no customer attendance insight.
The situation got so worse that even a campaign was started to “Save Gyms” from the existential crisis. Vaccine development has restored a degree of confidence but the situation remains grim as per industry experts. Only 36% of the population has started going to gyms again. Many have already resorted to alternative methods to maintain personal fitness.
Alternate Methods to Stay Fit:
Virtual workout has become a trend in the absence of any major alternatives. Virtual work-out also encompasses mental well-being besides physical health. Emotional, mental and spiritual health has also become an area of concern. Identifying the trend, gym and fitness centre owners are offering a comprehensive online fitness module. Data from various sources indicates that enrolment for virtual work-outs has been on the rise in the aftermath of the CoVID-19 pandemic. Demand for online enrolment reflects a lack of confidence in exercising at Gym.
Air Purifier for Gym as a Solution
Crisis spurs innovation. Realizing the need for air purifying products that can eliminate the threat of coronavirus, spirited entrepreneurs have grabbed the opportunity with both hands. If you research well enough, you can find some effective air purifiers for commercial gyms. Some of the leading brands offering air purifying solutions are O2Cure, Dyson, Blue Star, etc. In fact, O2 Cure Plug & Play air purifier with PHI-Cell® technology has been in the popular news for neutralizing the effect of coronavirus.
This air purifier for commercial and the home gym works on an active air purification technique where microbes are killed by altering the structure of DNA and RNA. The technology has been successfully tested and approved by an internationally accredited virology lab in the USA over the SARS-CoV-2 virus with a 99.63% reduction within one hour from both air and surface.
Besides air purifiers, in-duct solutions are also a great way to improve the indoor air quality of gyms. O2Cure REME-Halo with PHI Technology (patented by RGF) has been tested successfully both in Indian and American virology lab for neutralizing the coronavirus and other microbes.
How to choose the Best Air purifier for Gym?
- Pre-Filters: The presence of pre-filters plays a vital role in eliminating large particles like pet hair before the next stage of filtration. Pre-filters could be foam or non-woven polyester.
- HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) Filter: HEPA filters have the capability to remove at least 99.97% of pollen, dust, mould, bacteria and any airborne particles with a size of 0.3 microns (mm). The diameter specification of 0.3 microns is the most penetrating particle size. Any particles larger or smaller are trapped with even higher efficiency. The efficiency of the filter is 99.97% for the most penetrating particle size i.e. 0.3 microns (mm).
- Activated Carbon Filter: Activated carbon is the medium of an activated carbon air filter. It is a highly porous charcoal product generally derived from carbon sources like lignite, bituminous coal, wood or coconut shell. The activation process makes use of oxygen for opening up millions of small pores within the carbon grain structure. This increases the adsorption ability of carbon with other chemicals that bond to large no. of open-pore surfaces within the activated carbon granules. This process can effectively eliminate harmful vapours and odours from the air.
- Anti-bacterial and Germicidal Filter: It is useful for eliminating harmful bacteria and germs.
- UV Filters: for ensuring that breathable air is sterile.
- Air Change Rate: The ACH is an indication of how many times the air purifiers filter the room in an hour. The higher the value better is the quality of indoor air.
- CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate): CADR is an indication of purified air delivered by an air purifier at its maximum settings. A higher CADR value is one of the main parameters while choosing the best air purifier for gyms. A higher CADR is a reflection of the efficiency of an air purifier.
- Coverage area: Depending on the gym size (commercial or homemade), choose an appropriate air purifier that can cover the designated area. Ideally, select an air purifier with a large coverage area than required.
- Customer Service and Warranty: Last but not the least, check for customer service and warranty. Buy an air purifier for gyms with sound replacement and warranty policy.