Gyms reopen, but several class and boutique studios are still left out


NEW YORK CITY – The city’s gym doors are open again and on Wednesday New Yorkers were eager to sweat after several months in quarantine.Shanaga Brown is back in her gym for the first time in nearly six months. Not being able to exercise affected her overall well-being.

“I did not know what to do. I didn’t want to fall into a depression trap, ”said Brown.

It is joining gym enthusiasts from the five arrondissements who can now return to gymnasiums as part of the city’s reopening.

But you might have to wait to get in: all gyms are capped at 33% occupancy.

Dale Paden is Vice President of Marketing at Planet Fitness.

He said strict measures were in place to keep everyone safe, including the mandatory wearing of a mask and social distancing at all times.

“We have cleaning stations throughout the club, CDC approved sanitizer, paper towels and hand sanitizer. We have social “fitness”, meaning all other cardio equipment is off, so we allow six feet. For the weight training equipment, we spaced it six feet apart so you never get any closer, ”said Paden.

Although people are returning to the traditional gym, virtual workouts aren’t exactly a thing of the past.

Indoor fitness classes such as barre, boxing or training camp remain prohibited.

Kari Saitowitz is the Founder and CEO of Fhitting Room.

She doesn’t understand why her store – which offers HIIT and strength training classes – is still closed.

“Contact tracing would be impeccable in group fitness studios, as we have full recordings of all the details, and we have also reconfigured all of our spaces and classes so that there is no sharing. equipment, ”Saitowitz said.

Saitowitz is now a member of the New York Fitness Coalition. It’s a group that plans to file a lawsuit against New York City and Mayor Bill de Blasio for keeping indoor fitness classes closed after September 2.

“We’re really part of building a healthy New York City,” Saitowitz said.

As Saitowitz and his team prepare for a hopeful reopening, people like Brown are rejoicing in their workout routine and their livelihood.

“I feel at home again,” said Brown.


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