Many of us were devastated to lose our gyms and fitness centers last year amid statewide coronavirus lockdowns.
Any non-essential businesses were forced to close for an indefinite period of time.
Even with the thought of potentially reopening months later, many of us realized that going to a fitness center wasn’t particularly safe anymore as long as a threat of the virus remained. You can’t exactly hit the treadmill with a mask on, otherwise you might fall off from exhaustion and lung restriction. Between that and the number of people with no masks at all, we weren’t sure if we would ever see our fitness centers and gyms reopen. Although the threat of the virus remains, my small community has some of the highest vaccination rates in the country and most of our citizens here are being extremely careful with masking and social distancing. That makes me excited for the reopening of my local gym, especially when I heard that they were slashing their membership fees by 30% to encourage new people to become members. Before the promotion was over, I high-tailed it over to the gym and signed up the very day I heard about it. It was nice being able to return to my favorite fitness center without having to pay as much money each month to retain my gym membership. Hopefully with reopening slowly happening, the gym can see life once again. That last thing I want to see is for them to go bankrupt and have to close down permanently. This is what happened to my sister’s gym up north, and I constantly worry it could happen to mine.