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Have a safe and happy 4th of July from all of us at the MAC!

From the Wall Street Journal, June 27, 2020.

Gyms Reopening May Not Facilitate Coronavirus Infections, Study Finds Several European countries that allowed fitness facilities to reopen haven’t reported any associated uptick in Covid-19 cases.

European countries that have allowed gyms to reopen have reported no uptick in coronavirus infections, suggesting fitness studios might be relatively safe.

A study sponsored by the Norwegian government and published this week provided the latest indication that with certain hygiene rules, people who exercise at the gym might not be at a higher risk of infection than those who don’t.

Fitness facilities in the Nordic country reopened June 15. Germany and Austria have gradually reopened gyms since May, after policy makers there decided that the benefits of exercising outweighed concerns about contracting Covid-19.

So far, no major outbreak has been linked to gyms, pools and other indoor sport venues, which are all subject to heightened hygiene and distancing guidelines.

The Norwegian study showed that gyms were safe if rules were enforced. The study conducted by researchers from the University of Oslo and other research institutions hasn’t yet been peer-reviewed for publication in a scientific journal.
The study, conducted over two weeks in May, randomly selected 3,764 individuals aged 18 to 64 from the capital Oslo, of which 1,896 were asked to train in gyms while 1,868 didn’t and served as a control group.

In the gym-going group, 81.8% visited at least once and 38.5% went six times or more. Out of 3,016 participants who were then tested for Covid-19, only one was positive. It was determined that this person had become infected at work.
The subjects were required to follow hygiene rules and stay two meters from others during high-intensity training. They weren’t allowed to use the showers at the gyms. No masks were required.

“The results of the study are applicable to other areas of the world such as the U.S. or the U.K,” said Prof. Michael Bretthauer, one of the authors of the study.
Mr. Bretthauer said he had expected more people to test positive. The overall rate of coronavirus infections in Oslo was 3.5 per 100,000 inhabitants in the first week of the study and 11.7 in the second week.

“You should be very strict with the measures like distance and hygiene; in Norway, people complied with the measures rigorously,” Mr. Bretthauer said.

A spokeswoman for the Norwegian government said that the decision to open the gyms was guided by studies and empirical evidence, as well as by the premise that a lack of exercise could be detrimental to public health.

In most of Germany, gym members must keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters (4.9 feet) from each other and facilities are frequently disinfected. High-intensity training, such as indoors cycling, is prohibited in some German states due to the higher release of tiny particles through heavy breathing that could linger and infect others in closed rooms for hours.

Exercising indoors is riskier than outdoors, but if distancing and hygiene rules are observed, gyms are safe to use, said Professor Andreas Dotzauer, a virologist with the University of Bremen in Germany.

In Austria, where similar rules are in place, authorities haven’t registered any spread of the virus in fitness centers, according to a government spokesman.

Write to Bojan Pancevski at bojan.pancevski@wsj.com

PHOTO: FRIEDEMANN VOGEL/SHUTTERSTOCK
Public-order officers inspect a gym in Cologne, Germany, on May 10.
By: Bojan Pancevski
June 26, 2020 11:30 am ET
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From the Wall Street Journal, June 27, 2020. 

Gyms Reopening May Not Facilitate Coronavirus Infections, Study Finds Several European countries that allowed fitness facilities to reopen haven’t reported any associated uptick in Covid-19 cases.

European countries that have allowed gyms to reopen have reported no uptick in coronavirus infections, suggesting fitness studios might be relatively safe.

A study sponsored by the Norwegian government and published this week provided the latest indication that with certain hygiene rules, people who exercise at the gym might not be at a higher risk of infection than those who don’t.

Fitness facilities in the Nordic country reopened June 15. Germany and Austria have gradually reopened gyms since May, after policy makers there decided that the benefits of exercising outweighed concerns about contracting Covid-19.

So far, no major outbreak has been linked to gyms, pools and other indoor sport venues, which are all subject to heightened hygiene and distancing guidelines.

The Norwegian study showed that gyms were safe if rules were enforced. The study conducted by researchers from the University of Oslo and other research institutions hasn’t yet been peer-reviewed for publication in a scientific journal.
The study, conducted over two weeks in May, randomly selected 3,764 individuals aged 18 to 64 from the capital Oslo, of which 1,896 were asked to train in gyms while 1,868 didn’t and served as a control group.

In the gym-going group, 81.8% visited at least once and 38.5% went six times or more. Out of 3,016 participants who were then tested for Covid-19, only one was positive. It was determined that this person had become infected at work.
The subjects were required to follow hygiene rules and stay two meters from others during high-intensity training. They weren’t allowed to use the showers at the gyms. No masks were required.

“The results of the study are applicable to other areas of the world such as the U.S. or the U.K,” said Prof. Michael Bretthauer, one of the authors of the study.
Mr. Bretthauer said he had expected more people to test positive. The overall rate of coronavirus infections in Oslo was 3.5 per 100,000 inhabitants in the first week of the study and 11.7 in the second week.

“You should be very strict with the measures like distance and hygiene; in Norway, people complied with the measures rigorously,” Mr. Bretthauer said.

A spokeswoman for the Norwegian government said that the decision to open the gyms was guided by studies and empirical evidence, as well as by the premise that a lack of exercise could be detrimental to public health.

In most of Germany, gym members must keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters (4.9 feet) from each other and facilities are frequently disinfected. High-intensity training, such as indoors cycling, is prohibited in some German states due to the higher release of tiny particles through heavy breathing that could linger and infect others in closed rooms for hours.

Exercising indoors is riskier than outdoors, but if distancing and hygiene rules are observed, gyms are safe to use, said Professor Andreas Dotzauer, a virologist with the University of Bremen in Germany.

In Austria, where similar rules are in place, authorities haven’t registered any spread of the virus in fitness centers, according to a government spokesman.

Write to Bojan Pancevski at bojan.pancevski@wsj.com

PHOTO: FRIEDEMANN VOGEL/SHUTTERSTOCK
Public-order officers inspect a gym in Cologne, Germany, on May 10.
By:  Bojan Pancevski
June 26, 2020 11:30 am ET

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Jawohl! Die Deutschen wissen, wie es geht! 👍🏻🇩🇪

You guys are doing a great job, thank you!

Thank you for keeping the gym so clean and keeping the well being of everyone as a priority!!

GRILLED CORN SALSA
Summer = grilled corn. We love a good homemade fresh salsa in the summer. This one is especially good when sweet summer corn is in season. Don’t be afraid to get some good char all over the corn; that’s where a lot of the flavor comes from. Try this salsa as a dip with tortilla chips or a topper for blackened fish, steak, or chicken; or tuck some into fish or shrimp tacos, combine it with black beans for a quesadilla filling, stuff a hefty spoonful into an omelet or frittata, or toss a generous amount with quinoa for a hearty main-dish salad!

INGREDIENTS
5 ears corn on the cob, husked
6 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, finely diced
1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced
1/4 red onion, diced
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1/2 lime, juice
Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS
Heat the grill to high and grill the corn until it goes bright yellow and begins to develop grill marks on all sides, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Once the corn is cooked, remove it from the grill and allow it to cool completely before cutting the corn off of the cob. To make the salsa, mix together the corn kernels, bacon, bell peppers, red onion, basil, red wine vinegar, and lime juice. Season it with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

RECIPE: @ healthy.mealplans
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GRILLED CORN SALSA
Summer = grilled corn. We love a good homemade fresh salsa in the summer. This one is especially good when sweet summer corn is in season. Don’t be afraid to get some good char all over the corn; that’s where a lot of the flavor comes from. Try this salsa as a dip with tortilla chips or a topper for blackened fish, steak, or chicken; or tuck some into fish or shrimp tacos, combine it with black beans for a quesadilla filling, stuff a hefty spoonful into an omelet or frittata, or toss a generous amount with quinoa for a hearty main-dish salad!

INGREDIENTS 
5 ears corn on the cob, husked 
6 slices bacon, cooked and chopped 
1/2 green bell pepper, finely diced 
1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced 
1/4 red onion, diced 
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil 
1 tbsp red wine vinegar 
1/2 lime, juice 
Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS 
Heat the grill to high and grill the corn until it goes bright yellow and begins to develop grill marks on all sides, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Once the corn is cooked, remove it from the grill and allow it to cool completely before cutting the corn off of the cob. To make the salsa, mix together the corn kernels, bacon, bell peppers, red onion, basil, red wine vinegar, and lime juice. Season it with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

RECIPE: @ healthy.mealplans

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Services & Programs

MAC provides a healthy and relaxing environment, allowing each member to reach his or her personal best. We provide professionals to instruct and consult on personal fitness. State-of-the-art facilities and equipment, innovative classes and p rograms to satisfy all levels of fitness. Our best asset? The outstanding service and care each person receives. We offer you the opportunity to improve the quality of your life and well-being.

Tower & Locker Rental

Why drag a wet towel around? We offer fluffy towels when you come in. For that matter, why lug around a gym bag? Our lockers are spacious and keyed. We also have full length lockers for day use. Ask the MAC Concierge for details on how you can acquire one today!

Tanning

The Hex vertical tanning system is one of the best on the market. The MAC keeps close track of the bulb life and regularly changes them out. Ask the MAC Concierge for details!

Recovery Room

Featuring a striking design and best-in-class performance,the Human Touch® Novo XT2 massage chair provides a therapeutic massage that can be custom-tailored to fit your lifestyle so that you can be and feel your best.

Swimming Lessons

Taught by Miss Ione White, our swim lessons are quite popular, so be sure to get your reservation in early! Lessons times and days very throughout the year, please click for the latest schedule!

Racquetball/Squash/Handball/Tennis/
Pickleball/Gymnasium

Court sports abound at the MAC! With 2 racquetball/Squash/Handball courts, 4 outdoor tennis courts (which are lined out for 7 pickleball courts) and a 3/4 size gymnasium, we probably have your court sport covered. Need lessons? Just ask the MAC Concierge for a list of instructors. All court sports are included in your membership.

Les Mills Programming

All classes are included with your membership, we offer many types from Tai Chi to Zumba, BodyStep, and Fitness On Demand Les Mills classes are available whenever you like! along with the latest top-rated videos on our Fitness on Demand systems!

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About the MAC

The Montana Athletic Club was built as a partnership between Doug Mahlum and Jack Tawney in 1991 at 17,000 SF and had 600 members. Today, the MAC is at 32,000 SF with 2,500 members. We are a full-service facility with world-class trainers and instructors.

We pride ourselves in exemplary service and strive to meet the need of each member and guest. Come be a part of our family and enjoy all we offer. What’s keeping you from getting fit?

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The MAC Concierge is here for all your needs, they can be reached at

406-837-2582 or info@montanaathleticclub.com