Hyde Park Gym is a complete-minimalist gym, with space for weightlifting, powerlifting, strongman, bodybuilding, sports performance and general fitness/weight-loss. We are known for our family atmosphere and diversity. An Olympian working out next to a great-grandmother is the norm. The gym is also known for “the Arm” – the gargantuan dumbbell-curling bicep that protrudes over Guadalupe Street. Helmed by iron game legend Mike Graham in the 80s and 90s, HPG is a charming piece of fast-disappearing Old Austin.
HPG caters to folks of all fitness levels and ages. We’re open every day of the year. Come by anytime – We’d love to show you around!
Our biggest challenge so far has been the requirement for masks inside the gym. As of this writing, cases in our area are increasing at the highest rate yet. Coming to a gym, an enclosed space containing individuals engaged in heavy respiration, is risky. I’m happy that restaurants and pools are opening BUT THE VIRUS IS STILL WITH US. Wearing a mask (along with avoiding crowds) is one of the best ways to reduce the chance of transmission. It must cover your mouth and nostrils. It will be enforced to protect our members of all ages. And I don’t know how long the requirement will last. (As an experiment, I put 80% of my max on the bar and performed a set of 10 backsquats. With a mask. Yes, it was brutal. But I can attest that it’s a workable situation.)
TRAFFIC UPDATE Since the May 18 re-open, we’ve averaged about 14 people in the gym at any given time. (Jun 15 5:54pm)
We are open in a limited capacity. Hand washing upon entry is required. Masks are required at all times (excluding taking a quick drink). Total occupancy is 28, or 275 square feet per person. (We’ve hit it once, on a Tues around 6pm) There are individual room limits, creating maximum distance is mandated, and yelling and excessive talking is discouraged. In order to provide safety for our existing clientele, day passes, 1 weeks, or single months are not available. We have outdoor areas available, and will happily help you transport equipment into the alley or the pen. While we’re cleaning more than usual, and have increased access to sprays, towels, soap, and sanitizer, it’s impossible to keep a gym perfectly clean at all times. There will be no nail-biting, nose-picking or face touching allowed. This illness is respiratory in nature and may be transmitted when you breathe air from an infected person’s sneeze, cough, laughter, heavy exhale, etc. Returning to the gym entails risk. Whatever you decide, we honor you, appreciate you, and look forward to seeing you again… Whenever that may be. LOVE, BJ (June 14 1:21pm)