While millions wait to get back to work, others wait to work out

Gyms are set to reopen with new rules in place in phase one of Gov. Kate Brown's plan. Here's how they'll look a little different.

Posted: May 8, 2020 7:21 PM
Updated: May 8, 2020 7:25 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- As millions of people wait to get back to work, others are waiting to get back to the gym.

“We have a motto: it's the best hour of your day,” said Treeline Crossfit owner Justin Ahrens. “We want to provide that for our members that this is a safe place where they can get away from all the noise.”

Oregonians have been denied that hour and that place where they can mentally unplug in the gym due to the pandemic. However, with Gov. Kate Brown’s phase one plan to allow gyms to reopen with a 25 person cap, health clubs can now start to get back to a normal routine that doesn’t involve posting virtual workouts.

“Our members will be asked to sign up for classes and there will be a limit to class sizes. They’ll just have to get into a rhythm of reserving a spot,” said Ahrens.

Health clubs also have to take sanitation into account. Eugene Crossift owner Jeremy Stecker has formulated a plan to keep his members safe.

“You stick with the same equipment for the duration of the workout,” said Stecker. “You have your own space and your own things. That will allow us to wipe stuff down before and wipe stuff down after.”

Since gyms across the state were shut down over the past six weeks, Stecker spent hundreds of hours during his free time calling members individually to find out their fitness ambitions.

“I figured out what motivates them," said Stecker. “I asked what makes them show up? What makes them not show up? And then I organized them into four different groups.”

The four groups range from people who are ultra competitive and want to work out at a high intensity to people who want to self improve and work out at their own pace.

And it’s not just gym owners and gym goers that are excited to have their facilities reopen. It also means athletes are one step closer to being able to practice together as a team.

“Especially during quarantine it’s been hard for people to not have a place to release their anger and their stress. Gyms give people that outlet, especially for athletes,” said Oregon forward Sedona Prince. “It will be awesome to have a place where we can go, get some shots up and get in shape.”

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