California Gym Uses Personal Pods for Classes After Coronavirus

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Some gyms around the country have reopened from extended closure due to the coronavirus pandemic and little has changed beyond a new dedication to cleanliness and policies to reduce crowd capacity. For others, totally new procedures are in place—or will be, as not all states have passed the public health requirements for reopening just yet—like temperature checks at the door, compulsory mask policies, and strict social distancing practices. Then, there’s Inspire South Bay Fitness in Redondo Beach, California.

The fitness club made headlines with local station KTLA5 after debuting its solution for community training in the age of COVID-19: individual training pods—which gym owner Peet Sapsin dubbed “Gainz Pods” on Instagram—for clients to use to participate in group workout classes while remaining isolated.

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Joe Wicks says his father’s heroin addiction was the reason he got into fitness

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The Body Coach star Joe Wicks has spoken about his father Gary’s drug addiction, saying that it changed his life and is part of the reason he got into health and fitness.

Wicks, who has previously spoken about his father’s struggle with drugs, spoke to Lauren Laverne for BBC 4’s Desert Island Discs, saying how his father’s heroin addiction stopped him from ever wanting to try drugs, saying, “Because of my dad’s life, I didn’t go near it. I was scared of it and I got into exercise and fitness and so his mistake changed my life.”

The father of two spoke about how he struggled to cope with his father’s addiction as a child, “I have had that anger, and that has completely passed. The antidote to addiction is connection and love. It has allowed me to find peace.”

Wicks then told

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Planet Fitness Reopening Harford Gyms On June 19

TIMONIUM, Md. – Planet Fitness, one of the largest and fastest-growing global franchisors and operators of fitness centers with more members than any other fitness brand, will reopen its Harford County locations, Friday, June 19.

As an industry leader, the health and safety of Planet Fitness’ members and team members is a top priority. In preparation for reopening clubs and welcoming members back to the Judgement Free Zone® in a safe and responsible way, Planet Fitness has taken several steps to strengthen existing cleanliness policies and procedures, in an effort to protect the health and well-being of members, team members and the local community.

Some changes include:

· All team members will have completed extensive training related to our enhanced cleanliness and sanitization policies and procedures.

· Team members will receive daily temperature checks when they arrive to work each day.

· Increased, thorough cleaning will be conducted using

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10 L.A.-based, Black-owned fitness businesses with virtual classes

Liz Polk, from left, Angela Davis, Keya Nkonoki and Keith Thompson have all amped up online and virtual workouts since the pandemic. <span class="copyright">(Los Angeles Times illustration; photographs from Speir Pilates, from left, Aarmy, Courtney Lindberg, KTX Fitness)</span>
Liz Polk, from left, Angela Davis, Keya Nkonoki and Keith Thompson have all amped up online and virtual workouts since the pandemic. (Los Angeles Times illustration; photographs from Speir Pilates, from left, Aarmy, Courtney Lindberg, KTX Fitness)

Former USA Track & Field star Angela Davis led group cycle classes for the likes of Beyoncé and Jay-Z before she founded Aarmy with former tennis pro Akin Akman. She wanted to expand her reach by owning her own global fitness brand.

Aarmy opened its doors in January with cycling and boot-camp classes offered through a sports training approach. When the pandemic hit soon after and the studio was forced to shut down, it pivoted quickly to offer free online classes on Instagram. Despite the challenge early in her journey as a business owner, Davis said she is not deterred and considers it a privilege to have ownership in the fitness industry.

“I

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