COVID-19 Fitness Resources

Fitness training exercises with kettlebells.

The Manitoba Fitness Council has been working diligently to keep our finger on the pulse of the Fitness Industry in Manitoba. We have initiated surveys, phone calls and visits to gyms to get an understanding of needs of the industry so that we communicate this to government.

One thing that we have heard recently is that both Gyms and Fitness Leaders need access to waivers/ health disclosure forms. Fitness leaders also need to inform their participants about what to do if  they experience symptoms of COVID 19 either before of after they attend a class.

We have developed a form that can be used by any Fitness Leader or gym to start offering classes again.

Follow this link to download the Waiver Form Health Disclosure for Fitness Classes

MFC Members – Online Training Insurance

ONLINE TRAINING COVERAGE FOR FITNESS INSTRUCTORS

This extended coverage will be initiated once the fitness leader advises their provincial organization (BCRPA, NSFA, SRPA, MFC, OFC, FNB) that they are conducting on-line training classes and $20 premium has been paid.

The extended coverage is subject to:

  • Participants may be new or existing
  • Participants must login to the permitted delivery tool, and register to participate in a class
  • Participants must have completed the necessary PAR-Q and waiver forms
  • All injuries must be documented
  • Instruction to professional athletes and carded amateur athletes is strictly prohibited.
  • Coverage does not extend to work-related rehabilitation of any condition.
  • Permitted delivery tools must include the use of controlled, multi-screen video conferencing programs with 2 way video and communication (such as Skype or Zoom)
  • If you are using a different 2 way video and communication tool (other than Skype or Zoom) or you have a pre-recorded class, you must display the legal disclaimer before your class commences. This method is only for your registered clients.
  • Publicly accessible broadcast tools such as Instagram Live, Facebook Live and YouTube Live are not acceptable methods of delivery for online training. The reason behind this is because these platforms do not allow 2 way video and communication for the fitness leaders to determine if the participants are in distress, or performing exercises in a way that could lead to injury. This coverage is also set up for registered clients only

By paying the $20 premium the leader agrees to keep a record of the following:

  1. Number of online classes per week
  2. Instructor’s remote location, bearing in mind facilities are closed
  3. Class content (activities to be conducted)
  4. Number of participants per class (ensure all participants are currently registered before the start of the session)
  5. Class is limited to the number of participants that can be viewed on a single screen, with no more than four (4) participants in one location while following Provincial Physical Distancing Guidelines
  6. Participants must have completed the necessary Par-Q form and waivers
  7. If you are using something other than Skype or Zoom or you have pre-recorded classes you will display the legal disclaimer before the class. These classes are only for your registered clients.

In the event of a claim, the insurance company will request a copy of your record with the above questions

Register for Online Training Insurance here 

During COVID-19 – And Beyond 

New Online Course – Handling Difficult Situations

Find Course Details Here – Handling Difficult Situations