While we know many Montrealers were ecstatic to find out that all Quebec gyms were given the green light to reopen their doors as of June 22, the news came with many concerns as well. We spoke with local trainer Val Desjardins, owner of Victoria Park Fitness Club, to see what she had to say about the use of indoor gyms in the midst of a pandemic. And, why she'll be keeping her indoor fitness space closed for the time being.\nVal believes that "it's an important time for gyms right now. There's a shift in the industry. Super interesting times. Challenging. Intense."\nIn regards to the reopening of Quebec gyms, she explained that "the guidelines being mandated by the government are fairly straightforward and revolve primarily around social distancing and sanitation stations."\nIt's now essentially up to each individual establishment to ensure that proper rules are followed.\nVal's main excitement when it comes to the reopening of gyms is that it's good for people's mental health — as much as their physical well-being.\nShe told MTL Blog that she's been "watching and listening to the needs of the wellness community for the last three months."\nVal gave an update on her Instagram story to let her followers know what's up with the Victoria Park space for July.\nView this post on Instagram Tuning In. Fear, interconnectedness, strength, anxiety, love, anger, hope... It is OK to feel all of the things... I do too. We will all have different reactions during this period of time and many of us will have mixed emotions on the daily (or in my case hourly... anyone else?) I urge you to tune into yourself and recognize the emotions. Then act accordingly to release them. For example if you are feeling anxious, recognize it and handle it either by being gentle and taking a bath or by blasting tribal EDM and going for a run. There is no right or wrong way to handle your emotions as long as you're mindful with yourself and the people around you. Our patterns go deep and the only way to unlock the power that these emotions have in our lives is by slowing down and dealing with them. Instead of running around unconsciously reacting, hurting ourselves by eating sh*t food, drinking alcohol to numb the feelz and distracting ourselves with mindless spending or screen time.... Let's step the F up right now. Strengthen our healthy habits, find new ways to use the infinite wellness tools around us to self-medicate properly. Movement. Music. Loving communications with the humans who "get you". Let's turn this intense emotional sh*tshow into a positive life force where we reconnect to our deeper purpose... TO LOVE. Life. Ourselves. Each other. #StayHealthy #DrinkWater #EatRealFood ✌️ A post shared by PUMP Fitness MTL (@pumpfitnessmtl) on Mar 15, 2020 at 10:32am PDT\nShe shared that after doing many polls, people are "still more comfortable working out outside or online," which is why her fitness space will remain closed for the moment.\nVal told MTL Blog that, "this is an era where flexible offerings, digital solutions and adapted environments are king."\n"We will reopen as soon as we believe that we are offering a safe and healthy experience on all levels."\nSo, Desjardins in sticking to outdoor and online trainings for the time being.\nOn June 22, the day Quebec gyms were officially allowed to open their doors again, Val shared an Instagram post with a caption that highlighted the importance of listening, accessibility, patience, and rest.\n"We got the green light to reopen our studio today which is rad, but we are taking our time and making decisions purely based on the polling of our community," Desjardins wrote.\nView this post on Instagram The ground is shifting yet I'm feeling more grounded than I have in years. LISTENING: We are listening. To our community. To our hearts. To the world and all the shifts we can be a part of during this transformational time in history. The world is vibrating with voices being amplified and systems being dismantled. The wellness business is finally shifting from being mainly focused on the physical body and so little on the mental and emotional dimensions of health to a more holistic approach that brings together all of the things... mind, body and soul, baby. ACCESSIBILITY: I see you and I hear you. The opportunity to provide free content during the last three months has opened my mind to the power of being more accessible. Personally I've felt my heart expand through the connections made during these LIVE trainings so with the digitalization of both my own coaching and our entire studio at Victoria Park during these next weeks, we can better share our passion and our content. By offering different experiences at different price points my hope is that we can break down some barriers and create a more diverse community @victoriaparkmtl unrestricted by geography. PATIENCE: We got the green light to reopen our studio today which is rad, but we are taking our time and making decisions purely based on the polling of our community. We need to completely redesign our space. And have robust protocols in place to keep our community safe which is our forever number one priority: the health of our people. REST: @jen_mtl and I have not stopped since the beginning of COVID. Planning. Programming. Jumping around. Feeling all the feelz. There's been many smiles. Tears. Sweat. And so much loud music. It was deep and beautiful and we feel so connected to all of you. We are blessed to have a similar burning desire to elevate others and we are grateful to have been able to contribute in our own way. Now we are taking a full week off to rest, digest and be with my parents who are coming to visit tomorrow for the first time in four months. We will be off June 24th to July 1st inclusively. Stay tuned for the next chapter. This is just the Beginning my friends. @kellyjaco 📷 A post shared by PUMP Fitness MTL (@pumpfitnessmtl) on Jun 22, 2020 at 5:47pm PDT\nShe explained to MTL Blog that at Victoria Park, they're "not looking to implement the necessary solutions but rather the best solutions."\n"We're in it for the long run and plan on having both our physical and digital space up and running by the end of the summer. It's going to be amazing."\n"There is no room for 'faking it.' This is a time for proper language, profound knowledge and expertise."