Take a look at how local owners are making sure their members are staying fit during the coronavirus. York Daily Record
With gyms closed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, people are forced to find other ways to stay in shape.
For some residents, it’s a chance to go outside more to get their exercise. You might see more people walking, running, riding their bikes and going on hikes — all activities that have been deemed safe as long as people practice social distancing.
Ronny Gomez, a diabetic, said he plans to go on hikes with his dog and incorporate at-home workouts during this period of social isolation.
“I typically only work out at the gym so this has forced me to find other ways to stay in shape,” he said.
Kristen Mike, a runner, will continue to train for some races she still plans to run if they don’t get canceled.
“I am still running the trails to make sure I continue to stay in good shape,” she said.
Meanwhile, trainers and fitness instructors are turning to technology to help people stay active and fit. One gym has offered their weights to their members so they can continue to workout remotely or at the house.
Ryan and Amber Zuver own First Capital Gym on Industrial Highway in East York. The two opened the gym in 2018 and offer a wide variety of training to their members.
Ryan Zuver was prepared for the gym to close when the coronavirus outbreak reached Pennsylvania.
“I had a feeling that gyms would shut down because of what was going on,” Zuver said. “We wanted to make sure our members could still have a way to workout and stay in shape.”
Giving out weights to members
Having multiple conversations with each other, Ryan and Amber decided they were going to give out their equipment to their members.
“We felt that our members would benefit a lot from having equipment at home they can use,” Ryan said. “We we announced that we were giving away our equipment, we had a long line of people outside the game waiting to get in.”
Sarah Shaffer, a member of the gym, expressed how thankful she was when she found out this was happening.
“Ryan and Amber truly care for our well being and will tirelessly work to keep us moving and healthy,” Shaffer said. “Every member is so grateful for all they do for us.”
Amber wanted to make sure her members knew that there are still ways to get a workout in even if you can’t go to the gym.
“With us lending our weights, kettle bells, bands and other equipment, our members have everything they need as if they were at the gym,” she said.
Teaching fitness classes online
Many gyms have provided online workouts for members to do. Whether it’s pilates, core training or different group exercise classes, people have the option of working out available to them on their phones, computers or TVs.
People are also taking advantage of the free On Demand workouts at home, like the Les Mill workouts and Beachbody on demand.
“Having workouts you can do from the pleasure of your home is very beneficial and I am making sure that I take advantage of it,” Jamie Lau said.
In addition to lending weights to their members, Ryan and Amber are offering online and virtual training.
“On our private Facebook group, our members will have the option to participate in some of the trainings that we will put on there,” Ryan said. “There’s going to be coaching involved as well in the video, we’re going to make sure our members get the full experience through our online trainings.”
Gina Eason, a fitness instructor with Gold’s Gym, said she wants to continue to serve her community both close and far away during this time.
“I have a group on Facebook where I post motivation, recipes, and health and wellness tips,” Eason said. “I also am doing live virtual workouts on Zoom twice a day once in the morning and in the evening.”
When Alison Liebgott found out her studio would have to close, she did not know how she would continue to hold her yoga and art classes. Liebgott is the owner of Miss Alison’s Arts and Yoga Studio in Columbia, Lancaster County.
She decided that she would offer online yoga classes for kids and adults using either Facebook video chat or through Zoom.
“At first I didn’t know how this was going to work,” Liebgott said. “But after doing some research I was able to find a way to do a video chat with multiple people.”
Liebgott plans to host one class in the morning for the kids and one in the evening for the adults. It’s the same setup, but the only difference is that she won’t be surrounded by a group of people in a room.
“Though I would much rather be at my studio with my members, doing this virtually still connects me to them and I also get people from other cities and states joining in on my classes,” she said.
Even though people can’t come in to her studio for classes, Liebgott said that she’s glad to still have the support from the community.
“To know that people still want to attend my classes online, just lets me know that I can still do my job even with this coronavirus going on.”
Kevin Moore is the Sports Life Reporter for the York Daily Record where he dives into a beat finding stories that have a deeper meaning than sports itself. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, 717-309-4814, or on Twitter at @kevmoore93.
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