Category: Fitness

Gyms in tier three: Fitness industry calls for change in group class rules – BBC News

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OceanView at Falmouth dedicates new fitness pavilion to its original residents – Bangor Daily News

FALMOUTH – OceanView at Falmouth has announced that it will name its new, 4,000-square-foot fitness center “The Myron and Gladys Hager Fitness Pavilion” in honor of the retirement community’s original residents. The entrance of the Pavilion, which is scheduled to open for resident use later this month, will display a plaque and wall graphic dedicated to their memory.

Myron and Gladys Hager became OceanView’s first residents when they moved into the community in 1986. The Hagers lived together at OceanView for 26 years before Gladys passed away in 2012. Myron lived an additional seven years at OceanView until his passing in January of this year.

In December of 2019, Myron made history when he became Falmouth’s oldest living resident at 102 years old. He was presented with the traditional Boston Post Gold Cane, a New England tradition whereby the town’s oldest resident is given a gold-knobbed cane in a ceremony attended by town officials and extended family.

“As our original residents, Myron and Gladys Hager contributed greatly to the vibrancy of the OceanView community for decades,” said OceanView at Falmouth Marketing and Sales Director Gloria Walker. “Including them in the name of our new Fitness Pavilion is a perfect way to honor their memory and ensure their legacy lives on for years to come.”

The innovative senior exercise facility, which will be located near the heart of OceanView’s Maine Lodge activities and amenities, will feature equipment that would normally bring to mind fitness centers found at large universities. This includes a push sled and turf strip, TRX suspension trainers, weight stacks and pulley machines for strength and conditioning, treadmills, bikes, rowers and ellipticals for cardio equipment and a squat rack for squatting, deadlifting, bench pressing and shoulder pressing.

Prior to the pandemic, the community offered its residents more than 40 organized fitness opportunities per week. The popularity of these programs was a catalyst for building the new Pavilion.

“Retirees recognize that living longer needs to be paired with living healthier, and they are attracted to Maine for the outdoor activity it offers,” said OceanView Fitness Manager Kate Foley. “Due to the pursuit of more demanding activity in retirement, educated and certified training professionals are incorporating exercises that are breaking perceptions and helping residents continue to reach their fitness goals.”

About OceanView at Falmouth — OceanView at Falmouth is a well-established, active, maintenance-free retirement community located on a beautifully wooded and landscaped 80-acre campus, just minutes from downtown Portland. Offering a wide variety of independent cottages and apartments, OceanView also offers the peace of mind of a care continuum, including Falmouth House and Legacy Memory Care. Locally owned and managed since 1986, OceanView is an open and welcoming community that celebrates diversity, energy efficiency and sustainable living while promoting a vital, stress-free lifestyle.


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Yoga is more than a fitness routine: How to apply all 8 limbs to your daily life – TODAY

One of the reasons I became fascinated with yoga was because of the mental practices woven into the physical class. My first yoga instructor encouraged me to adopt an attitude of nonviolence, not only toward others but also toward myself. The negative self-talk in my mind was fueling violence toward myself, she said — something I had never thought of until that first yoga class 15 years ago.

I started attending yoga classes weekly and was amazed at how it helped my anxiety and insomnia. So by my mid-20s, when I started seeing fliers at my yoga studio for teacher training, I was intrigued. I signed up for a teacher training program that focused one session a week on philosophy, the yoga sutras by Patanjali, to be exact.

I learned a spiritual practice that became more important to me than I had ever imagined before I signed up. As a practicing Catholic, I am well-versed in prayer, religious rules and striving to “be a good person” (Catholic guilt, anyone?). But what I studied in my yoga training, specifically Patanjali’s eight limbs of yoga, provided a unique outline of how to live a life based on disciplined morals and purpose. Instead of praying and connecting to something outside of myself, I was encouraged to turn inward to get to know myself better.

If I’m feeling all over the place, anxious or overwhelmed, I simply come back to the Pranayama breathing practiceStephanie Mansour

And while yoga classes can include dumbbells or super hot temperatures or be set to hip-hop music, the physical practice is only one limb of the eight tenets.

I was recently cleaning out boxes, and came across the book from my yoga teacher training 13 years ago. It was like a breath of fresh air in terms of positivity, self-acceptance and releasing stress for things that are out of my control.

I thought that since it helped me so much over a decade ago, maybe it would help others. Here are the eight limbs of yoga and ways both big and small that I’ve incorporated them into my life.

1. Yama

Yama focuses on integrity and how you conduct yourself — both around others and when no one is watching. The five aspects (summarized in English) are nonviolence, truthfulness, not stealing, control over physical impulses and lack of greed. For me, nonviolence and truthfulness stand out as especially important with all that’s going on in the world today.

Nonviolence refers to not causing injury by thoughts, words or actions. So I like to use this as a way to check in with myself to see if I am talking negatively. For example, if you say things like, “Why am I working so slowly today, what’s wrong with me?” or “Why isn’t that idiot wearing a mask?” check in with how it makes you feel. See how you can rephrase your self-talk so that it’s not harsh or overly critical to yourself or others.

In your physical yoga practice, nonviolence occurs when you stop yourself from pushing too far and hurting your body just to achieve a pose that is outside of your limits.

Truthfulness is another of my favorite Yamas because it includes being truthful to yourself. Being honest with myself and with my desires, like, “Yes, I do want to sleep in today and it’s OK if I skip my workout,” is liberating. Likewise, saying to myself, “I want to sit on the couch and watch Netflix, but I know I’m just being lazy so I’m going to be honest with myself and get in a workout first,” requires truthfulness to upholding a commitment to myself.

2. Niyama

Self-discipline and maintaining good habits are all part of Niyama. In English, they include themes like clearness of mind, contentment, acceptance of others and acceptance of one’s circumstances, persistence, self-reflection and surrendering to God.

Tapas (aka persistence and perseverance) in your yoga practice refers to pushing yourself to the edge. How much further can you go in your Reverse Warrior or in your Crow Pose to really push your limits (without injuring yourself)? How much longer can you hold Chair Pose or Warrior II? Being persistent and persevering, even when the going gets tough, is the theme and lesson. In everyday life, whether you’re looking for a job, trying to reach a goal or committing to healthier habits, being persistent will help you get from point A to point B.

Tapas (aka persistence and perseverance) in your yoga practice refers to pushing yourself to the limit.Stephanie Mansour

Santosha (or acceptance) is the total game-changer for me. If I feel anxious or lacking in confidence, simply surrendering to self-acceptance (even if I don’t like what I’m accepting!) takes the fight and irritation out of things. Feeling content and forcing myself to accept a circumstance “as is” allows me to peacefully make changes.

For example, my small apartment doesn’t have a dishwasher. I despise washing dishes by hand, but I accept that this is my reality right now. My landlord won’t be installing a dishwasher and, even though I don’t like the situation, I can accept it so that I’m not in a bad mood every time I wash dishes. This is a small example, but is there something like this in your everyday life that would make a shift for you mentally if you adopted an attitude of acceptance?

3. Asana

This refers to the physical practice of yoga and all of the poses. This the practice of yoga that most people know and love, and it’s also a means to steady the mind. When the body steadies, the mind steadies.

4. Pranayama

Pranayama is controlling breath to connect the mind with the body. If I’m feeling all over the place, anxious or overwhelmed, I simply come back to this breathing practice. Think about moving prana (or life force) through your body as you breathe in and out through your nose.

I do this deep breathing all the time: in the middle of the day at my desk, while I’m trying to go to sleep at night, when I’m on walks listening to podcasts and, of course, in my yoga practice.

5. Pratyahara

This limb refers to turning off your awareness and focus on the outside world, and turning the attention inward to only yourself. It’s all about seeking self-knowledge and inner approval instead of opinions and influence from others.

On the mat, while moving through postures, it’s pretty straightforward to focus on your body and your movements. But in day-to-day life, this gets trickier. When I find myself absorbed in social media or replaying conversations with others in my mind, I literally snap my fingers as if to say, “Pratyahara!” to bring me back to myself.

Concentration and focus are important in balance poses — and in life.Stephanie Mansour

6. Dharana

Concentration or one-pointed focus is at the root of this practice. Think about when you get absorbed in a work project or play with a young child and your mind is focused only on the task at hand. That is living in a state of Dharana.

In Tree Pose or other balance poses in yoga, you use concentration and focus by gazing at a specific point to fix your attention and stay balanced. In everyday life, one tool that’s helped me tremendously is writing positive affirmations on sticky notes and placing them on my bathroom mirror. I read them in the morning, at night and every time I use the bathroom to remind me that “I am powerful” or “I am peaceful.” I repeat this mantra throughout the day, too, to focus on that one phrase or affirmation.

7. Dhyana

Once you’ve achieved concentration with Dharana, then you can move to contemplation with Dhyana. In yoga, this is usually practiced as meditation. In everyday life, this is the practice of just “being” or relaxing without an agenda or intruding thoughts.

As a type-A overachiever, I am constantly reminding myself to “just be” and feel at peace.

8. Samadhi

The final stage of yoga is a spiritual state where your mind is so absorbed in whatever it’s contemplating that it loses its own identity and is in a state of deep peace. To be perfectly honest, I’m not sure if I’ve ever achieved this outside of a particularly amazing yoga class. It’s the final stage for a reason and definitely something to aspire to.

If you’re interested in reading more, you can check out the book, “Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.”


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Philadelphia Fitness Coalition Forms to Protest Shutdown Without Aid – Philadelphia magazine


The group, made up of 30-plus fitness studios and gyms in the region, is petitioning the city to change its latest coronavirus restrictions.

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The Philadelphia Fitness Coalition has launched to protest the recent city shutdown with a petition and a workout outside City Hall. | Photograph courtesy of Philadelphia Fitness Coalition

Last week, the City of Philadelphia launched new “Safer At Home” restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus amid rising cases that have led to a current high risk of community transmission. The new rules put many local gym and studio owners, who have received limited government aid, in a position of facing down mounting bills and further reduced revenue over the holidays. Without action from officials, it may be impossible for Philly’s gyms to keep their doors open through the winter.

Many small gym and studio owners have made dramatic changes to their business models in order to keep patrons and members as safe as possible during the COVID-19 crisis. Some, however, have flouted the safety restrictions, hurting the case of fitness centers that were complying with the previous rules. Despite best efforts by some, it’s hard to know where cases are being contracted and spread, which is why many small businesses are looking for a government lifeline to get them through the winter while they keep their doors shut.

Others want to stay open and be declared essential businesses, even as they call for increased grants from the state and federal government. On Sunday, November 23rd, a group called the Philadelphia Fitness Coalition, comprised of 30-plus local gyms and fitness studios, launched with an appeal to officials regarding the recent shutdown. The coalition was spearheaded by Gavin McKay, founder of Unite Fitness, with leadership partnership from Osayi Osunde, founder of Fit Academy; Shoshana Katz, founder of BPM Fitness; and Stephanie Luongo, founder of Sculpt 360; among others. The group has started a petition (a previous petition from a different source already exists) under the heading, “Reopen Fitness Providers As Essential Health Services and Provide Funding To Sustain Them.”

In the petition, they explain that the gyms and studios in their coalition have collected data on 260,000-plus indoor visits from July to November 2020, and that “only 30 reported cases walked into our locations.” They cite a “0% transmission rate traced from person to person” among reported, known cases. It’s important to note that this claim derives from self-reported and self-collected data from the gyms. And unfortunately, in a city and state where contact tracing has been conducted poorly or not at all (and where citizens aren’t complying with tracing), it’s impossible to know for sure how cases are originating and spreading.

Nonetheless, McKay argues that in small studios particularly, “The communities are tight” — meaning that people know one another and communicate if there’s been potential exposure. “We’ve been put in the wrong category. We are helping people maintain their health and wellness mentally and physically. Our industry is different,” McKay says of boutique fitness. “Our volume is already so low because of the restrictions. We’re practicing precautions; we’re never sitting across from one another without masks. We had a tiny window to try to keep surviving, and now we have nothing.”

The coalition is currently planning a socially distanced “workout protest” at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 24th, outside the Municipal Services Building across from City Hall, followed by a press conference at 10 a.m. Their requests of government and health officials are as follows:

  • Open discussion and consideration with decision makers in the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, the Mayor and the Chamber of Commerce within two weeks.
  • Name gyms and fitness studios as essential health service businesses.
  • Allow gyms and fitness studios to reopen immediately under agreed-upon restrictions and safety protocols.
  • Expedited city and state grants to fitness providers to bridge us until restrictions can be lifted fully.
  • Passing The National Health & Fitness Recovery Act (H.R. 8485) to provide funds for our failing industry like they did for banks and airlines.

The organizations that form the Fitness Coalition (as of Monday morning) are: Fit Academy, Philly Power Yoga, BPM Fitness, G-Strength, Warhorse Barbell Club, Tula Yoga + Wellness, Focus Barre and Yoga, Heavy Hitters Thai Boxing, Maha Yoga, 8 Limbs Academy, J’aime Fitness, Vitality Studio Chestnut Hill, Lumos Fitness, CrossFit Rittenhouse, Willpower, Flaunt Fitness, The Wall Cycling Studio, Sculpt360, City Fitness, Unite Fitness, Thrive Pilates, Revolution Fitness Factory, Subversus Fitness, CrossFit Center City, North Star Mixed Martial Arts, Leverage Fitness, Juniper MTG, Burning Spirits Muay Thai, Novem (FIT), Balance Chestnut Hill, F45, Solidcore, CrossFit 2 Street, RippedPHL, and Open Box Athletics.

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Detroitisit – 3 Common Mistakes Detroit Fitness Coach Moe Wants You to Avoid – Detroitisit

With the Holidays coming around and the current situation, it is easy to gain weight fast. Losing weight isn’t easy to do by yourself – having a personal trainer to guide you and hold you accountable for your decisions will help you lose weight faster and change your quality of life.

This month, we want to feature local Detroit Fitness Coach Moe, Founder of Training with the Titans. Coach Moe has transformed his body with fitness before it became a popular topic on social media. Along with his scientific background, over the years, Moe has learned from some of the best fitness coaches in the world.

Coach Moe provides his clients with all the support for proper dieting, a structured training plan to assure his clients don’t plateau, accountability tools, and resources to give them the best chance to succeed in the short and long run.

“98% of us are not born with the genetics to look like fitness models. But we can try to become the best versions of ourselves, every single day.”

Here are three common mistakes in fitness and health that Coach Moe wants you to avoid:


“So, you hire a trainer at the local gym and pay them $50-$75 per session. So, you quit after Month 2. I don’t blame you, I would probably quit too. I want you to stop thinking that learning to bench press properly is the solution to your fat loss problem. It’s NOT.” says Coach Moe.


“There are literally hundreds of supplement brands and fitness gurus who brag about the new diet that came into the market; yet, 99% of them fail when it comes to getting their clients results. Why? They may have a lot of Instagram followers, but maybe, only 2-3% of

them really know the science behind fat loss. Most of them are wasting your time and energy by giving you the information that just won’t help you,” says Coach Moe.

“Imagine losing 3-5 lbs of fat every single month – without giving up the foods you like, and actually not needing the motivation to live a healthier life, because I teach you exactly what to focus on and what to ignore.”


“You hang out with friends who are mostly overweight and don’t care much about their health. They blame it on their genetics and have subconsciously convinced you that it’s the way things are. I recommend that you take a break from those friends for a few months for this to work,” says Coach Moe.

“Look – I know this is hard for a lot of you. But, if you don’t get your health in order, you aren’t being a good role model to those friends, either.”


So, how can you lose fat, and ensure that the food you are eating is actually used to give you more energy throughout the day, recover your body, and have it not take over your everyday life?

With Coach Moe’s FREE COVID-19 Fat Loss Diet & Training Guide, he will introduce you to a 3-step process to get you the results of your dreams. Click here and apply for Training with the Titans and schedule a coaching call with him to discuss a customized strategy to help you reach your fitness goals faster.

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Philadelphia COVID-19 today: Philadelphia Fitness Coalition protesting gym closures in city amid coronavirus pandemic – WPVI-TV

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — More than two dozen gyms in Philadelphia are joining forces, demanding that the city allows them to reopen.

They have created the Philadelphia Fitness Coalition and have gathered more than 1,500 signatures in opposition to the new restrictions.

As the number of covid-19 cases rises, the city required gyms to shut down indoor activities at the end of last week.

But gym owners say it is unfair because of the safety precautions they have put in place.

They plan to protest outside of City Hall on Tuesday.

Last week, the city’s top health official, Dr. Thomas Farley, defended the city’s decision to tighten restrictions, saying now is the riskiest time for the transmission of the virus.

“What was now safe is now dangerous with the change in the weather. Many businesses feel they put safety measures in place, sure they have, and I’m sure there’s no spread there and that’s true in many places. Remember, there are more people than ever with the virus,” said Farley.

City officials said dramatic action is needed to respond to an exponential growth in cases and hospitalizations.

On Thursday, health officials announced 765 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Philadelphia. That brings the number of confirmed cases to 57,237.

The number of residents who have died from the virus in Philadelphia is 1,945.

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Fitness App Market | Exclusive Report on the Scope and Market Revenues – Medgadget

The rising number of diseases associated with obesity is a leading cause of the global fitness app market’s growth. Moreover, there is an increase in awareness pertaining to fitness, weight loss, and calorie intake. Consumers are willing to pay hefty sums to stay fit and want to keep a track of their fitness on a daily basis. Changes in lifestyle leading to a rise in the number of obese population have also been instrumental in the marker’s growth.

The rising consciousness regarding health and fitness and the development of advanced fitness apps have prompted the need to conduct a comprehensive analysis on the global fitness app market. The study highlights the key factors shaping the market’s growth throughout the forecast period. It gives a holistic view of the market and states the changes in consumer behavior that may impact the business strategies adopted by the key companies.

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Global Fitness App Market: Notable Developments and Competitive Analysis 

The degree of competition in the global fitness app market is high due to the influx of new players. Leading players functioning in the market are focusing on developing advanced apps and with better user interface. They are also engaging in strategic collaborations and partnerships in order gain a competitive edge over other players in the market. Listed below are a few notable developments in the global fitness app market:

  • In December 2018, one of the leading European fitness applications company Freeletics received a Series A funding of U.S.$ 45 million. This will help Freelectics grow its base in the U.S. where it has experienced a commendable growth in the past. The company also intends to add a Netfkix-style training platform.
  • In April 2019, a connected fitness startup Tonal, raised U.S.$ 45 million in a Series C round of fund raising. The company aims at developing personalized fitness concept with on-demand actionable data, video guidance, and real-time feedback. This transaction will help Tonal to make a mark in the connected fitness space.
  • In April 2019, Google launched its fitness tracking app, Google Fit on iOS platform. This move helped Google to gain access to a larger pool of customer and also create a presence in the market regarding the Google Fit app.

Prominent companies operating in the global fitness app market include:

  • Adidas
  • Fitbit, Inc
  • Appster
  • Azumio, Inc.
  • FitnessKeeper
  • MyFitnessPal Inc.
  • Nike

Global Fitness App Market: Key Drivers and Restraints

Rising demand for portable health tracking system is the leading contributor to the global fitness app market’s growth during the forecast period. Consumers are looking for fitness solutions that can help them keep a track of their health on the go. The emergence wearable technology for fitness and the development of connected app has further strengthened the global fitness app market’s growth. Further, rising investments in the fitness industry and the development of AI-based solutions has provided momentum to the market’s growth.

Global Fitness App Market: Regional Analysis 

On the regional spectrum, North America is expected to dominate the global fitness app market. This is mainly because of the rising awareness regarding fitness and the growing number of obese population in the country. The market in this region is also driven by rising number of partnerships leading to the development of new and advanced fitness apps. Asia Pacific is also expected to grow substantially during the forecast period due to growing popularity of digital health solutions.

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The global fitness app market is segmented based on: 

  • Type Outlook 
    • Exercise & Weight Loss
    • Diet & Nutrition
    • Activity Tracking 
  • Platform Outlook 
    • Android
    • iOS
    • Others 
  • Device Outlook 
    • Smartphones
    • Tablets
    • Wearable Devices

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The fitness industry is reeling from regulations imposed because of the COVID-19 pandemic – East Idaho News

BOISE (KIVI) – Before the pandemic hit, Kvell Fitness & Nutrition was preparing to open their third facility in the Treasure Valley, now they are done to one location, and this local gym continues to lose money.

“Every single month, we have seen a decline in revenues, we have seen a decline in membership,” said Brett Denton, the owner of Kvell Fitness & Nutrition. “It has been challenging.”

On Monday, a new public health order takes effect requiring businesses to follow social distancing and sanitizing recommendations from Central District Health.

Failing to do so carries a penalty of losing their business license for ten days for the first offense, 20 for the second offense and a year for a third offense.

Central District Health has also issued a new advisory that requires gyms to reduce capacity by 50 percent.

We visited a class where people were spaced out more than six-feet for social distancing purposes.

“For gym business models, we can’t operate at 50 percent capacity. That means we are not making any money,” said Denton.

As we enter the holiday seasons with Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years’ right around the corner, a time where people typically try to work out to keep the holiday pounds off, plus many people turn to fitness at the start of every new year.

“When you look at what a gym, it really is a place to get healthy in all those different aspects of mental, physical, emotional and social,” said Denton. “I think for the most part, for most people working out is really hard, it is really hard to do on your own and it’s really hard when you don’t know what you are doing.”

So what options do people have? I attempted to build a gym in my garage in case the pandemic continues to get worse forcing another lockdown.

But I found out that not only is gym equipment costly, it is also hard to find because of the pandemic.

“We have sold out of dumbbells, plates, bars and racks numerous times,” said Michelle Spindler of Gym Outfitters Inc. “Just getting the inventory has proven to be exceptionally challenging with pro-longed lead times from manufacturers.”

Gym Outfitters has adapted its business model from selling equipment to gyms, hotels and collegiate weight rooms to supplying people with equipment for their own home gym.

“So we’ve really focused on increasing our inventory to try and meet that demand so we can help people within our to achieve their health and fitness goals,” said Spindler. “I like to think we’ve been able to help a lot of people.”

But to work out at home, people need to know what they are doing, get the equipment they need, but it is also really hard to work out by yourself and stay motivated.

“I think humans need that we are social creatures, and a gym is a place you can go to escape everything else,” said Denton.

So the question becomes when this pandemic finally ends, how many local gyms and fitness studios will still be standing?

“For us, it is can we get enough people in to keep the doors open,” said Denton.

Kvell Fitness and several other gyms have implemented virtual classes to help members, but Denton also says that it also takes away the social aspect of working out.

We know of two yoga studios that have already closed their doors for good during the pandemic.


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Springfield-area gyms, fitness stores weigh in on future amid pandemic – KYTV

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – The pandemic has presented challenges for some local gyms, but quite the opposite for some local equipment stores.

Angela Highfield, manager of Royal Barbell, says the virus is leaving gyms unsure of the future.

“For us we’re worried about where our members will go workout but also have that sense of community.”

With some cities in Missouri and nationwide imposing tougher restrictions in response to the pandemic, some which include closed gyms, it leaves Highfield and others in the fitness industry concerned.

”It is a concern what happens if we have to shut down. How will we survive? How will we put food on our table?”

With the uncertainty of gyms staying open, many stores, like Play It Again Fitness are booming with business.

”25-30 times a day. I don’t want to go back to my gym or I want stuff for home.” says co-Owner Jeff Newland.

Newland says since spring they haven’t slowed down. Play It Again’s most popular item is dumbells and they’re going fast. He says if you’re in the market for gym equipment you better get it soon.

Highfield says Royal Barbell has members who have both an at home gym and continue to come in.

“If it shuts down, I’m home. But coming here… I miss hanging around people and the community aspect.”

Both businesses say they’re prepared and staying positive in the case tougher restrictions are announced.

”We will go back to curbside,” says Newland.

”Not sure what it will look like. Hoping it doesn’t happen so we don’t have to go down that road,” says Highfield.

Royal Barbell says they continue to sanitize, keep members socially distanced and follow other health guidelines amid the pandemic.

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Letters: Jim Jordan, fitness centers, Trump’s strength and the value of life – The Columbus Dispatch

Letters to the Editor
 |  The Columbus Dispatch

Jordan needs concrete proposals to end pandemic 

It is perhaps the easiest thing in the world to criticize everyone else without offering any solutions yourself. For example, U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan has chosen to use his public platform as an antagonistic peanut gallery, muttering snide criticisms and complaints about the medical community’s recommended response to the worsening COVID-19 pandemic. The Twitter zingers keep coming, lashing out against these basic safety measures that are apparently the greatest threat to American freedom since King George III.  

Any cynical troll with internet access can do what he’s doing, but the people of his district elected him to do more — to do something. They elected him to develop balanced and effective solutions amid challenging circumstances. They elected him to be productive, proactive and empathetic on behalf of Ohio citizens. Is he content to merely grandstand and complain about other people who actually have ideas, or does he have any alternative suggestions of his own to offer?  

Since Jordan finds the COVID-19 safety recommendations from infectious disease experts so laughable and offensively overreaching, how does he propose we should limit the spread of this disease to protect the vulnerable people and health care workers in our community? How does he believe we should avoid the mass sickness and hospitalization that threaten to close businesses and schools? Yes, it is heartbreaking to miss out on holidays and weddings we had planned this year, so how does he suggest we proceed while also protecting our health and economy?  

I have a feeling his solution is to “do nothing,” even though U.S. states like the Dakotas are now world leaders in infection and mortality rates thanks to the “do nothing” approach. Whatever Jordan’s proposed solution may be, we won’t know until he tells us. Is he willing to stop grumpy-Tweeting and actually contribute some productive ideas to this mix? We’re all ears. 

Tony Auseon, Upper Arlington 

Fitness centers present high risk of COVID -19 

I disagree with Richard Lupton’s Monday letter “Senior citizens statewide rely on fitness centers” that urged Gov. Mike DeWine not to close fitness centers as a means of helping stop Ohio’s COVID-19 surge. He writes: “I am not aware that fitness centers are responsible for a high rate of the spread of the coronavirus.”  

A study released last week by researchers at Stanford University and Northwestern University found that gyms, along with restaurants and hotels, present a higher risk for spreading COVID-19 than other businesses. This is likely a reason the governor described gyms as among the locations “much more risky” for the virus’s spread. 

Moreover, Lupton said he is a member of Lifetime Fitness at Easton. I was a member there for many years until leaving in July because of the club’s refusal to follow the statewide mask mandate.  

Although the mandate contains an exception for persons who are exercising, the governor’s spokesman publicly explained in July that it applies only to those who are actively exercising. He said people in fitness centers should wear masks at all other times, including “when walking between machines.” 

Lifetime Fitness has consistently refused to follow that direction. A senior citizen who is displeased with the situation but still a member there said recently the club continues having “throngs of folks not wearing masks.”  

Many fitness center owners and members have contributed to Ohio’s current COVID-19 spike by flouting the statewide mask mandate. If their workout facilities soon have to close because of the surge, it’s hard to feel sorry for them after they foolishly and selfishly helped create the problem.  

Joseph Sommer, Columbus 

Letter writer’s death benefit idea fanciful and cruel 

I respond to the Tuesday letter “Maybe state should pay families a death benefit” from Richard Bailey. I can’t tell if he is being serious or sarcastic. If he is being serious, this is the most ridiculous letter I have ever read in The Dispatch, and there have been some doozies.  

Will a $10,000 death benefit really help a family that has lost a loved one to this horrible disease? And what about prevention? Further, the medical expenses of those who have survived COVID-19 can be way more than a $10,000 death benefit, for which a survivor would not be eligible. 

My only reaction is one of bewilderment and exasperation. 

Marc Neiwirth, Bexley 

Trump stood up to international organizations 

I respond to the Tuesday op-ed “Biden’s foreign policy won’t be Obama 2.0, thankfully” by Doyle McManus. Suppose, as he thinks, Uncle Joe does rejoin the Paris accord. President Donald Trump got us out of that because we were the only ones doing the “according.”  

The World Health Organization is another boondoggle for the American taxpayer. With a name like WHO, no reasonable person should oppose our membership, like being against apple pie and motherhood until you look at the WHO’s budget.   

America, with 330 million people, was contributing over $500 million per year.  China, with 1.3 billion people, was kicking in $25 million. Then, to add insult to injury, the WHO consistently voted against American interests.   

NATO, composed of the U.S. and our European allies is another wonderful organization. Turns out, the USA was just about the only member that contributed its required share. The other members did not until Trump forced them to start anteing up.   

Trump did shake things up a bit — I’ll give him credit for that. 

If we do, in fact, return to business as usual, I just hope this country doesn’t keep taking it on the chin the way we have been. We’re broke, you know. As President Ronald Reagan used to say, “We don’t have any revenues to share.” 

Jeff Danison, Delaware 

Don’t wear a mask? Then don’t burden the hospital 

I want to make two points about the pandemic: 

I think that people who do not wear masks should sign a legal document, like a living will, that says that if they get COVID-19, they do not want to be treated at a hospital or other medical facility. They should declare unequivocally that they choose to be treated at home. 

If they will not even try to protect themselves and others, they shouldn’t tie up needed hospital personnel and space and supplies. Reserve those supplies for those who care about themselves and others. 

President Trump, Dr. Scott Atlas and all Republican enablers in Congress should be tried for “depraved indifference” or “depraved-heart murder” on Jan 21. 

Joe Tilley, Columbus 

President doesn’t have best interests of US at heart 

I can stand it no longer. The primary job of the POTUS is to protect and defend “we, the people.” But Donald Trump refusing to admit that he lost the election is too much. 

This denial goes to block all efforts to transition to a new federal government, thereby recklessly endangering the people as to national security, the pandemic, the environment, and on and on. Our beloved democracy is suffering.  

“We, the people” want to begin to mend. Let go, Mr. President. 

Bill VanGieson, Westerville 

Was putting value on human life callous or cynical? 

I was shocked that, in his Tuesday letter “Maybe state should pay families a death benefit,” Richard Bailey suggested that we abandon all preventive measures for COVID-19 for the sake of the economy.  

More appalling is that he thinks a human life is valued at only $10,000. No amount of money could replace the loss of a spouse/parent/child. 

Diane Larick, Powell 


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