While gyms remain closed, fitness studios adapt with outdoor workouts

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — As gyms across New York State remain closed, we continue to see trainers and facilities move to conduct outdoor workouts to keep moving.

It’s been 4 weeks since Phase Four began when gyms were originally supposed to reopen. While that hasn’t been the case and a football field and track isn’t the most ideal spot for a workout, Metabolic, among many fitness centers, is one of many to do so. They are teaching classes outdoors while following all CDC guidelines through this pandemic.

“We are going to take advantage of this weather as long as we have to,” Metabolic trainer James Wilson said. “Hopefully these doors open up much sooner than later but until then, this is what we have. These are the cards that have been dealt, so we’re going to take advantage of it.”

While the deck has been shuffled, the workout timer is still ticking as Wilson says it’s a blessing to be back coaching in-person.

“It’s been a while since we have been able to get together so we’re doing it safely, social distancing and getting after it,” Wilson said. “We have safety protocols in line for when it does open up indoors, but we’ve had no word for that.”

With CDC and NYS guidelines in play, they’re able to bring the same intensity as once before and hold clients accountable.

“We were doing online workouts, we were still holding our clients accountable. Reaching out through Facetime, email, text, video, whatever the case may be, just to keep everybody going here,” Wilson said. “It’s a lot easier and it’s great to see everyone’s face again and be able to push them, modify them, whatever the case may be.”

We reached out to the Governor’s Office for comment, they responded saying while more than 40 other states have been forced to close the businesses that have reopened due to a spike in COVID-19 cases, including gyms, New York has been able to avoid that.

“The measures the Governor has taken were intended to – and did – curb the rise of infection across the state. They have also allowed us to avoid subsequent spikes of infection. Reports show that infections are rising in more than 40 states and that officials in those states have been forced to reclose businesses and other parts of the economy that were opened too early, including gyms. Every public opinion survey has shown an overwhelming majority of New Yorkers support our re-opening approach. We understand that some people aren’t happy – but better unhappy than sick or worse.”

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