London gym says people with coronavirus ‘failed to prioritise health in past’

A London gym has come under fire on social media for saying that people who catch coronavirus have ‘not prioritised their health in the past.’

The London Bridge branch of gym group F45 shared a post to individuals in the F45 London Members Facebook Group, updating them on their response to the global coronavirus crisis.

Twitter user @jnalexander64 shared a screenshot of the post, in which the gym says, ‘I think it’s safe to say that those of you who have made the decision to get fit and improve your health have put yourself in a great position to fight off the virus or any others than come your way in future.’

It continues, ‘This current pandemic has already proved to be causing the greatest damage to those that have not prioritised their health in the past and therefore exposing themselves and putting themselves in a high risk category.’

In the post, F45 also encourages people to still attend the gym – saying that it has ‘put appropriate measures in place’ to not put individuals at risk. It does not, however, specify what these measures are.

Instead, it adds that ‘using your lungs and being active is a great way to fight this respiratory disease.’

The post goes on to say, ‘Maybe now is the time to take positives from this situation and encourage our friends and family to also engage in some type of exercise to put them in the same position as many of you are in, in which good health is crucial.’

It adds, ‘please let them know we have a tailored 28 day programme with full guidance and support for anyone unsure on how to get started.’

News of the gym’s post has attracted criticism on Twitter, with one user replying to the screenshot, ‘This cannot be real.’