Gym owner hires a truck and personally delivers spin bikes to clients to ride in their HOMES

Ben Mills, co-owner of premium Sydney-based fitness centre Shelter (pictured)

Ben Mills, co-owner of premium Sydney-based fitness centre Shelter (pictured)

Ben Mills, co-owner of premium Sydney-based fitness centre Shelter (pictured)

The Australian government forced all gyms to close this week after outlining the dangers of sharing an enclosed space with a group of people during the coronavirus pandemic.

For Ben Mills, co-owner of premium Sydney-based fitness centre Shelter, that meant closing the doors of his beloved workout space on Monday, much to the sadness of his clients.

But the 29-year-old, who firmly agrees with Prime Minister Scott Morrison‘s decision to shutter his business in Double Bay, wasn’t resting on his laurels, instead hiring a truck and hand delivering 25 spin bikes to the community.

‘I put up a status on social media asking if anyone wanted a bike – and that it was first come, first served – and got plenty of replies,’ Mr Mills told FEMAIL.

‘I haven’t charged anyone rental. I’m not looking to capitalise on this unprecedented event. There are 190 people still on the bike waiting list so I’m trying to loan more.’

Mr Mills and Shelter’s general manager Jordan Coulter loaded the bikes onto the van, ensuring they reached their destinations quickly.

These bike owners will be able to connect to a live-stream if they book in for their regular spin class on the Shelter website, with the videos filmed with professional lighting and equipment in the gym itself.

‘I’ve had digital in the back of my mind for awhile now but we just put it into overdrive given the issue was time sensitive,’ he said.

Mr Mills and Shelter's general manager Jordan Coulter loaded the bikes onto the van, ensuring they reached their destinations quickly

Mr Mills and Shelter's general manager Jordan Coulter loaded the bikes onto the van, ensuring they reached their destinations quickly

Clients (pictured) were overjoyed to receive their loaned bike

Clients (pictured) were overjoyed to receive their loaned bike

Mr Mills and Shelter’s general manager Jordan Coulter (pictured left) loaded the bikes onto the van, ensuring they reached their destinations quickly

These bike owners will be able to connect to a live-stream if they book in for their regular spin class on the Shelter website, with the videos filmed with professional lighting and equipment in the gym itself

These bike owners will be able to connect to a live-stream if they book in for their regular spin class on the Shelter website, with the videos filmed with professional lighting and equipment in the gym itself

These bike owners will be able to connect to a live-stream if they book in for their regular spin class on the Shelter website, with the videos filmed with professional lighting and equipment in the gym itself

‘I wanted it to be premium and high quality. I went all out and invested a lot of money. It’s more like a film production with lights and 4K cameras.’

‘Shelter At Home’ will work on having a ‘ride’ class, sculpt and Pilates, strength and conditioning and yoga, with prices as low as $8 to $10 per class.

All other gym memberships were suspended as soon as Shelter closed and will continue to be until the government changes the restrictions.

‘Every day we aren’t open that affects my team and their livelihoods so I’m glad the live-streaming system will mean they can still work,’ Mr Mills said.

'Every day we aren't open that affects my team and their livelihoods so I'm glad the live-streaming system will mean they can still work,' Mr Mills said

'Every day we aren't open that affects my team and their livelihoods so I'm glad the live-streaming system will mean they can still work,' Mr Mills said

‘Every day we aren’t open that affects my team and their livelihoods so I’m glad the live-streaming system will mean they can still work,’ Mr Mills said

All other gym memberships were suspended as soon as Shelter closed and will continue to be until the government changes the restrictions (the juice area pictured)

All other gym memberships were suspended as soon as Shelter closed and will continue to be until the government changes the restrictions (the juice area pictured)

All other gym memberships were suspended as soon as Shelter closed and will continue to be until the government changes the restrictions (the juice area pictured)

‘It’s also so important for people to continue exercising for their mental health, as well as for the physical benefits. That’s really close to my heart.’

For healthcare workers around the world Mr Mills is looking to give them access to the at-home exercise routines for free, as a small thank you for the hard work they are doing to keep our nations safe.

‘It’s the least I can do for people working shifts back to back. I’ve heard some fairly intense stories, with specialists coming out of retirement to help and midwives on wards preparing for the worst,’ he said.  

'So far the response has been epic. I hope in the next 48 hours it's a fully functioning pay-as-you-go system,' Mr Mills said (inside of Shelter locker rooms pictured)

'So far the response has been epic. I hope in the next 48 hours it's a fully functioning pay-as-you-go system,' Mr Mills said (inside of Shelter locker rooms pictured)

‘So far the response has been epic. I hope in the next 48 hours it’s a fully functioning pay-as-you-go system,’ Mr Mills said (inside of Shelter locker rooms pictured)

‘So far the response has been epic. I hope in the next 48 hours it’s a fully-functioning pay-as-you-go system.’

While there is no telling how long the coronavirus will continue to ravage Australia – and the fitness industry itself – Mr Mills said he will be listening closely to our leaders on what they can and can’t do.

In the meantime he’s encouraging those who are fit and able to incorporate daily exercise into their regime, so they don’t feel so isolated at home. 

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