In the North, French people cross the Belgian border to continue playing sports

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In the North, French people cross the Belgian border to continue playing sports




Fans of bodybuilding, fitness or even athletic strength have been deprived of any practice for two weeks in the red zones, where sports halls have been forced to close. But in Hauts-de-France, in order to be able to continue training, some members do not hesitate to go to Belgium.


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The followers of bodybuilding, fitness or even athletic strength have been deprived of any practice for two weeks in the red zones, where the gyms have been forced to close. But in Hauts-de-France, in order to be able to continue training, some members do not hesitate to go to Belgium.

Change country… to be able to play sports. It’s been a little over two weeks now that sports halls are closed in the Lille metropolis. But some frustrated subscribers do not hesitate to drive several kilometers to cross the Belgian border and be able to continue to lift cast iron.

This is the case with Geoffrey. This northerner with a bodybuilder physique comes to the Universal Fitness room in Mouscron, Belgium, almost every day to continue training. This routine is almost vital, he assures Europe 1. “I am a former obese. I need to train. We have to go into exile, if necessary I would move to train. “, he assures. “The Covid is very dear to me,” he adds. Because every week, it is a full tank of gasoline more that it consumes to make the road, in addition to its monthly subscription of 45 euros.

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A marked increase in attendance

But the arrival of newcomers also disturbs the regulars a bit, like Nathalie. “We see a lot of French people, moreover when we see the parking lot when arriving, there is no more room. We usually had the room for us and there we have to share,” she smiles. But this influx of northerners is a godsend for Deborah, the manager.

“It is estimated to have had, over two weeks, a hundred additional temporary subscriptions. And some are already transformed into annual subscriptions,” she said. “But we are well aware that this is only temporary.” And to avoid there being too many people in the weight room, this manager had to reduce the opening hours for occasional customers, who come mainly from the Lille metropolis.

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