LIMA — Anytime Fitness in Lima is closed, but the exercising continues — online.
Many businesses have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including fitness facilities.
On Saturday, Meredith Reiber, general manager and trainer at Anytime Fitness Lima, conducted a virtual workout class through Facebook Live.
The session lasted about 45 minutes and included 65 people logging in from all over the area, looking to get in a workout.
Reiber set up the virtual gym in a laundry area of her house. It’s not a lot of room, but it’s enough to do some simple exercises.
“I just found through social media there was this desire that our fitness community needed to still have that sense of community because so many people are used to just showing up at our doorstep, seeing their friends working out together. So I said, ‘You know what? Let’s not stop that community work, but let’s just do it from our own home,’” Reiber said.
The experience of doing a live workout is a bit different for Reiber.
“Just seeing the interaction from the comments and thumbs-up emojis still gave me that sense of energy that you get when you’re in a live setting,” Reiber said.
Keeping physically fit can help someone both physically and emotionally.
“Health is a paramount (concern) right now, that COVID-19 is hitting those that have had existing health conditions. So if we can continue to keep our bodies healthy, that will help us through this time and hopefully through any time that there’s a virus or sickness that comes about and is targeting those that aren’t healthy yet,” Reiber said. “So, at Anytime (Fitness), we really just try to make healthy happen, and we refuse to do that even with our doors closed,” Reiber said.
Anytime Fitness also offers virtual fitness training to members and non-members for a $15 a month fee.
“We have had a Virtual Training Department for about a year now, where we send workouts to our members through our app and then through for our non-members through email,” she said. “We offer currently the virtual workout subscription where you get three workouts sent to you every Monday. They’re about 30 minutes long. We wanted to make sure that the workouts are accessible for those that either are working out at a different gym or working out in their home regularly.”
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