Planet Fitness obtains ‘essential business’ classification, reopens ahead of other gyms | News

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After obtaining certification as essential businesses, Planet Fitness franchises in Kern County have been allowed to open for indoor workouts, even as other gyms are restricted to outdoor activity only.

Kern County Public Health Services classified the local fitness centers as an “essential healthcare/public health service” after the gym chain joined the Medical Fitness Association, a North Carolina-based nonprofit that seeks to integrate medical practices into fitness facilities for better health outcomes.

“Our approach is we take anybody that comes in the door, whether you’re an absolute elite athlete or a grandma,” said association President Bob Boone. “Our goal is to optimize your well-being no matter what state you might be in.”

Members of the association are encouraged to follow procedures that transform gyms into part of a community’s overall health care network. Although fitness centers do not need to have all of the association’s guidelines in place to join,

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Gyms, fitness centers, pools reopen | Lifestyles

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 Area gyms, fitness centers and pools were allowed to reopen Wednesday, Sept. 9. This comes after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-176 on Thursday, Sept. 3.

 In addition to gyms being allowed to open their doors, organized sports were allowed to resume.

 Whitmer also signed an executive order that outlines strict workplace safety measures that gyms and pools must follow to protect people from the spread of COVID-19.

 Gyms must require wearing of masks at all times, including times of exercise, configure workout stations or implement protocols to enable 6 feet of distance between individuals during exercise sessions, reduce class sizes to enable at least 6 feet of separation between individuals, provide equipment-cleaning products throughout the gym, and more.  

 Planet Fitness on Owen Road in Fenton reopened Wednesday. Employees at the Fenton location have worked hard to welcome guests back and to provide a clean, sanitary and judgment free

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OrangeTheory Fitness in Milford adds new outdoor classes

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The studio reopened back during Phase 2 with new indoor safety protocols like smaller class sizes, temperature checks, and social distancing signs.

MILFORD, Conn. — One gym in Milford is taking its classes outside to keep members safe and healthy during the COVID pandemic.

The studio reopened back during Phase 2 with new indoor safety protocols like smaller class sizes, temperature checks, social distancing signs, and deep cleaning in between all classes. 

For those members not feeling quite comfortable with an indoor class, this new outdoor option offers members an even safer way to stay active. 

“We do have some people that are a little bit nervous to be inside still, understandably, so we thought, let’s bring the workout outside, it’s a beautiful day, we have this great space, and you can still get all of your workouts,” said head coach of Milford’s OrangeTheory Fitness Heidi Langan.

“One of the

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Peloton sales surge 172% as people scrap gym memberships for home fitness

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For Peloton, the pandemic has been profitable. The at-home fitness company announced its first-ever quarterly profit, which was bolstered by a 172% surge in sales and more than 1 million people subscribing to its streaming classes.



NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: A Peloton stationary bike sits on display at one of the fitness company's studios on December 4, 2019 in New York City. Peloton and its model of on-demand video cycling classes has come under fire after the release of a new commercial that has been criticized by some as sexist and classist. (Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images)


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NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 04: A Peloton stationary bike sits on display at one of the fitness company’s studios on December 4, 2019 in New York City. Peloton and its model of on-demand video cycling classes has come under fire after the release of a new commercial that has been criticized by some as sexist and classist. (Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images)

Peloton has seen its fortunes soar this year because of the virus. Home-bound customers have been stocking up on Peloton’s line of stationary bikes and treadmills in recent months and the trend doesn’t appear to be fading, according to the company’s outlook.

The better-than-expected fiscal fourth-quarter

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Locally Owned Moore Fitness Center At Brink Of Closure, COVID-19 To Blame

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Wednesday, September 23rd 2020, 10:37 pm

By: Clayton Cummins

MOORE, Okla. –

A locally owned tanning and fitness center in Moore says they’re days away from closing their doors for good.  

The owner of Val’s Sun and Shape, Valerie Carter, blames COVID-19 and tells News 9 she’s not giving up without a fight.  

You don’t have to spend much time at Val’s Sun and Shape in Moore to find the passion. 

“It is beyond rewarding,” said Carter. “This is the best job, the best place, and I have the best women that work with me.” 

But for co-owner Carter and her five employees that all may be coming to an end soon. 

Following the COVID-19 shutdown, Carter said things just haven’t been the same.  

“We kind of knew that was coming because we knew how many people were coming in and cancelling. I mean it is affecting everybody. This is

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Yakima Valley fitness center, gym owners frustrated by prolonged COVID-19 closure | Local

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In early March, Dana Ward was ready to open StarCycle, a boutique indoor cycling studio in Yakima.

She had planned a grand opening for the first week of April, with 22 free classes over four days. She knew there was strong demand, as all the classes were full weeks in advance.

Then Yakima County reported its first two cases of COVID-19.

“By mid-March, I knew that (opening) wasn’t going to happen,” Ward said.

In April, she started doing classes on Instagram and offered bike rentals for a nominal fee. She also worked on an opening plan that would implement safety measures, including deep sanitation and social distancing.

Nearly six months later, Ward is still waiting to open StarCycle. With no revenue, she has been covering expenses with personal funds.

“It’s so disheartening to have to sit back and wait and have no control over the situation,” she said.

Gym and

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JABS BY GINA aims to bring fun back into fitness

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Syracuse University graduate Gina DiNapoli is inspiring others to kickstart their fitness journeys with her workout program, JABS BY GINA.

Launched in 2018, JABS is a series of kickboxing-inspired workout classes aimed at making fitness enjoyable. Originally a one-style workout class, JABS has grown into a full-body workout program with over 10 different class formats ranging from kickboxing cardio to arms toning.

Each day there are four to eight classes that vary in schedule week to week. The program currently has around 5,000 active members across the U.S., most of them college students, DiNapoli said. JABS also has a college ambassador program with the goal of expanding to more students. DiNapoli took all the lessons she has learned about fitness over the years to create a “safe, effective and

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DRVNfit Fitness Center opens in Leesburg

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DRVNfit physical fitness center is now open and accepting registrations. On Aug. 29, DRVNfit held an open house for community members to see the facility and sign up for same day access to the new Leesburg gym.

For anyone who missed the open house, owners will be available at the gym this week with sign up forms and key fobs on Wednesday, Sept. 2, from 4-6 p.m. Registration forms and more information are available on the DRVNfit Facebook page, Mane Street Salon, or by contacting the owners to set up an appointment.

The gym is co-owned by Leesburg community members Greg and Megan Abbott, and Matt and Ellen Binegar.

“Leesburg desperately needs somewhere for adults and student-athletes to train in strength and conditioning,” said Greg Abbott.

Ellen Binegar followed up by saying, “What started as a seed of an idea has taken root and is blossoming. After outgrowing our driveway

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As North Carolina Starts to Reopen, Gyms and Fitness Centers Remain Closed. What’s Next?

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Dew was still fresh on the grass as Dana Harshaw set out evenly-spaced number tiles across a driveway one Saturday morning in Chapel Hill.

“Everybody’s spaced at least six feet apart,” she said. “We provide hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes if anybody needs it, but everybody brings their own props. We’re not providing props to anybody right now.”

Harshaw, the owner of Barre3 Chapel Hill, is one of dozens of fitness center owners in Orange County trying to keep business afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.

Gyms and fitness centers within North Carolina have been closed since March 16 following executive orders from Governor Roy Cooper. Phase 3 of the state’s reopening, which would allow gyms to open their doors, has been delayed three times now.

For several months, fitness center owners like Harshaw have been adapting to the changing landscape. Her business started off by offering online classes, but transitioned

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Gyms, fitness centers can reopen next week | News

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Gyms and fitness centers can reopen next week at a limited capacity, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday.

Under the latest executive order, gyms and pools can reopen at a 25 percent capacity starting Wednesday with strict protocols in place. Among the restrictions includes wearing masks at all times and maintaining six feet between workout stations and individuals participating in classes.

“Throughout this pandemic, we have followed the best science and data available to make decisions that will keep Michiganders safe, and our hard work is paying off,” Whitmer said in a news release. “…I urge everyone who plans to hit the gym after these orders go into effect to take these precautions seriously and do everything in their power to protect themselves and their families.”

An added caveat to the restrictions is that gym attendees must provide their name and phone number.

Whitmer’s administration has hinted at reopening gyms and

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