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Biokineticist Kevin Oliver. Photo Supplied.
  • As South Africans continue to scramble on the eve of lockdown, this gym in Cape Town started renting out its equipment to keep paying its staff.
  • O.N.S Health Studio is a popular gym in Sea Point that offers biokinetics, as well as personal training, Discovery Health Assessments and sports therapy.
  • Rather than let their specialised equipment gather dust over lockdown, the company took the decision to rent out their gear.
  • For R3 500 they’re renting out big cardio equipment like treadmills and for R500 you can get a bundle of weights, mats and steps.
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As South Africans continue to scramble on the eve of lockdown, this gym in Cape Town started renting out its equipment to keep paying its staff.

“People started phoning just after President Ramaphosa addressed the nation about the lockdown and the calls actually haven’t stopped since. People have been desperately asking for anything ranging from treadmills, to weights to steps, and skipping ropes even as everything sells out in the shops,” said Kevin Oliver of the O.N.S Health Studio in Sea Point, Cape Town.  

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The studio has treadmills, a Concept2 Skierg and Rower, a Krankcycle and an Arc Trainer. Photo supplied.

Started in 2014 with his business partner Herman Schroder, the O.N.S Health Studio offers biokinetics, as well as personal programs, Discovery Health Assessments and sports therapy.

Rather than let their specialised equipment gather dust, the company took the decision to rent out their gear from R3 500 for big cardio equipment like treadmills to bundles of weights, mats and steps for R500.

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Kevin Oliver is the co-founder of O.N.S Health Studio.

“If you have equipment and it’s just lying around and doing nothing. Make it work for you. You can train virtually and remotely from home. You have to stay optimistic,” said Oliver.

“The treadmills were the first thing to sell out. We’ve got a waiting list of 10 people that want more treadmills. People then asked for stationary bikes. From mats to weights to resistance bands we’ve been renting all of them out.”

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The gym is located in Sea Point, Cape Town.

The impact of the lockdown on their business is going to be massive.

“Usually March and April are our really busy seasonal times. With the social distancing from about two weeks ago we already had a 50% fall off of business. The lockdown has pretty much taken April out of the equation, so we're losing pretty much a whole month of turnover.”

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O.N.S Health Studio, offers biokinetics, as well as personal programs, Discovery Health Assessments and sports therapy. Photo supplied.

While they don’t have much of a choice staying open, Oliver says they intend to use the money to keep paying their staff and hopefully weather out the lockdown.

“We also hope we can negotiate with our landlords for concessions on our rentals. It’s difficult to say how long we can last.”

Oliver says they have been overwhelmed with the generosity of their clients with many offering to pay in advance for sessions to keep their cash flow going.

"With our type of industry, it’s about people’s wellness and well-being, not only physically but mentally, and I think that role is going to be massive during and after this crisis.” said Oliver.

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