The coronavirus outbreak has changed the daily routines of our lives. Bedrooms have transformed into offices, kitchens into restaurants and living rooms into gyms. As Americans grapple with new social distancing measures to curb the ongoing pandemic, athletic facilities across the country are temporarily shutting down. But that doesn’t mean fitness has come to a halt.
“When we first found out that we closed, it was back to the drawing board. We sat down, we had a team meeting and we wondered how we were going to keep our members in shape,” said F45 studio manager Jake Carlile.
The answer was simple for the F45 Training facility: post workouts online for its members to do at the convenience of their own homes, which was a fitness salvation for the Benavides family.
“It’s been a lifesaver. I mean seriously. It takes our day and gives it something to look forward to,” said F45 member Allan Benavides.
“It’s important right now to stay active and to stay healthy,” said F45 member Caitlin Benavides. “We are two pretty busy and active people. We go to the gym five to six days a week and my son is an athlete. So fitness is something that is just really important to us. It’s something that we’ve really ingrained into our family.”
Not everyone has a fully equipped gym in their home, however. So here’s where the trainers’ creativity reaches the next level. F45 incorporates random household objects into the workouts.
“They’re doing it with gallons of milk, bags of rice, big jugs of water and dog food. And we saw them doing it and we’re like we got this stuff,” said Allan Benavides. “We are looking for paint cans, dog food, I’m weighing this stuff on a scale like okay this is about five pounds, that’s about 10 pounds, here’s a 30 pound bag.”
“We just want to make it accessible to everybody,” said F45 trainer Calvin Pollard. “It just shows everyone you can still get a brutal workout in with random things.”
“We are going to help you drop body fat and build lean muscle. But most importantly, we are going to help you move better and feel better for the duration of your life,” said Carlile. “[The members] are family to us. So we are not going to give up on them and we aren’t going to give up on them.”
So, it turns out you don’t need a full size gym to get a good workout in after all. F45 online classes are available with the purchase of a membership.