Workout outside: Some New Jersey gyms now offering outdoor training sessions

Some gyms in New Jersey are now offering outdoor training sessions now that outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people are allowed in the state.

News 12 Staff

May 28, 2020, 9:29 PM

Updated 1,425 days ago

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Some gyms in New Jersey are now offering outdoor training sessions now that outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people are allowed in the state.
Virtual gym sessions have been taking place since mid-March to slow the spread of COVID-19. Many people have been working out via Zoom gatherings.
“I was first thinking a month, then two months. And then I’m like, this is going to be here for a while,” says Haddonfield Fitness owner Lainey Gallagher.
But thanks to the executive order update, Haddonfield Fitness is offering no-contact outdoor boot camp classes in the parking lot.
“It will be a little bit different because we have to limit the numbers and we can’t go for a full-blown class with the weights and the balls and the ropes and everything we’re used to, but I think the bigger message is we’re able to step forward,” Gallagher says.
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Royal Fitness in nearby Barrington is also offering outdoor classes. Spin bikes have been set up in the parking lot as well.
“The cycling class sold out in an hour, so people were very eager to come back,” says fitness director Danielle Zacamy. "We space things apart 10 feet for the cycling classes because they're stationary and any of the other classes we've had a chisel-type class this morning and we did that 12 feet apart because sometimes you tend to move a little bit right to left, to be able to give people space."
The gym owners say that they were excited to launch these outdoor classes. But they say that they need the weather to hold out to continue them.
“We’ve got to say our prayers for the sunshine to come out,” says Gallagher.
“We’re going to have to depend on Mother Nature a little bit, but whatever we can do, we figure it’s better than nothing,” says Zacamy.
Both gyms charge around $10 for the classes. The owners say that it has helped them stay afloat during the pandemic.


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