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As COVID-19 pandemic grows, gyms adjust models to digital
Online instruction is new way to work out
Published Thursday, May 21, 2020

As gyms slowly return to service during the COVID-19 pandemic, online workouts and instruction continue.

Many gym fanatics are worried about how they will continue without their daily dose.

With the help of Danyele Wilson, a Chicago based-HIIT Master Trainer, and her 30 challenge, people worldwide are getting their workout in the comfort of their own home.

“I am just so incredible grateful that you have one, decided to pour into yourself and commit yourself to getting better for these next 30 days,” Wilson said. “Also, I am incredibly grateful that you chose me to lead you in an uncertain time. That’s not something I take lightly.”
The coronavirus is the topic of discussion all over the world. Starting in China, the virus has been spreading rapidly. Without a cure, it is leaving people helpless and questioning what to do next.

According to Johns Hopkins University, there are more than 1.5 million confirmed cases and more than 92,000 deaths in the United States.

Gyms have been among the many businesses that were forced to shut down. New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut were the first to order their gyms to shut down.

“It was actually really sad knowing we’re going to reopen but we have to close our doors,” Caitlyn Daria, an Anytime Fitness manager, said. “I turned off the lights, the music, I put the signs up, and realized how sad this really was.”

Wilson announced her 30-day challenge on March 27. People were directed to register, pay a fee of $39, and then would be emailed a link to join the Facebook group.

“I’ve always followed Danyele on Instagram and knew she was the real deal,” said Karen Birkenshaw, a fourth-grade science teacher. “This was an opportunity to train with her, in my home, at a great pricepoint.”

The Facebook group would consist of a place where all those who registered would come together, motivate, build relationships, and work towards the common goal.

“A couple of the nurses I work with, we workout together and since we’ve really been missing the gym, this challenge is kind of like out coping mechanism,” Ali Sakakeeny, a Houston, Texas nurse, said.

Wilson has decided that she will create a HIIT Body Home Challenge: Volume 2 since the success from the first one was so big. She offered 15% off to those who competed Volume 1.

Many gyms and personal trainers are going virtual usually on Instagram and Twitter.

Anytime Fitness created “The Coach Care Connect” which provides free workouts that can be done at home and can be accessed from Facebook.

Planet Fitness started the “United We Move” initiative that allows for its members to get access to free at home workouts. Live workouts also include celebrity guests.

Golds Gym had an app called “Gold’s AMP” for their members. The app features over 200 indoor and outdoor workouts fully equipped with music and videos.

On Instagram, many personal trainers are posting different videos that you can do at home with common household items.
Tavia Montana has created an app that allows her to post daily workouts with videos for her clients to follow.

Jalan Gunning is a senior mass media journalism student at North Carolina A&T State University from Raleigh.


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