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Gyms open for outdoor workouts

People were eager to work out in groups again
Posted at 1:55 PM, Jun 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-08 17:34:50-04
Gyms reopen with outdoor classes

The Club Fitness Center in Greenville is open, sort of.

Like many gyms, they are hoilding outdoor classes.

“Being outside it is nice to see the friendly faces again," Ashley Edwards who was part of Monday morning's step fusion class said. "And do something that is healthy for you and really enjoy the outdoors at the same time.”

Being closed takes its toll here like it has on many businesses but the concern for co-owner Gloria Guilfoyle is for the members.

"We have a lot of people that come here for pain relief and for quality of life so it is very important," Guilfoyle said. "A lot of people come here for depression and other issues so it has been difficult."

That is why they jumped at the chance starting last week to have outdoor classes like spin, yoga and shine.

"We started out with reservations for nine people plus an instructor and then found out it could be up to I think a hundred outdoor gathering with social distancing," Guilfoylse said. "We were very pleased to see that they were allowing us to have more people working out.”

Monday the step fusion class was small because of late notice, but it was still appreciated.

“I was just really excited to work out as a team," Edwards said. "It is just so much harder to stay motivated at home you might only put in 30 or 40 minutes and say that is good enough, here working out you can support each other.”

When they are allowed to open inside again, staff and members will get their temperature taken upon entry.

“We’ve taken out three or four large pieces of equipment to make more space," Guilfoyle said. "We’ve got sanitizing stations up, shield at the front desk and a lot of other things that we are doing to make it safe for our members.”

Guilfoyle very much looks forward to reopening completely, but for now she continues to enjoy what they are allowed to provide.