Ready, set, pause! Gyms adapt to closing again

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Method Fitness is about to close its doors a second time since the pandemic started, as Rhode Island’s two-week pause begins. But manager Adam Clark says they’ve been following the safety regulations.

“We don’t usually have more than six people in here at a time,” he said. “So it’s safe, people are usually spaced out.”

Clark says since the spring shutdown, they’ve seen some clients opt not to work in-person with a trainer.

“I have a couple clients I can think of off the top of my head who have said very similar things,” Clark said. “And they may buy the equipment and think that they’ll do it on their own, and it literally lasts for a week.”

Gymgoers will once again be forced to work out at home instead of the gym during the two-week pause. Clark says working out in-person has its benefits.

“How much of a mental benefit they get from coming here,” he said. “It keeps everybody’s morale up. It keeps everybody physically healthier which then keeps them mentally healthier.”

While Clark says there haven’t been major outbreaks connected to gyms, he recognizes that health officials don’t want to take chances.

“The logic to me, at least, does make sense,” he said. “It’s frustrating. But again, we were able to prepare.”

Method Fitness has turned to creativity during the pause,  offering digital fitness training over Zoom.

“People have no other option at this point,” Clark said. “It’s pretty much online training or pretty much nothing.”

Clark says he’s embracing it as an opportunity to innovate.

“You can choose to move forward and use this as an opportunity to diversify your field,” he said.

Clark says he’s prepared to continue the digital training if the pause extends beyond two weeks.

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