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Virtual workouts keeping fitness enthusiasts active, local gyms in operation

Local fitness centers offering online classes during coronavirus pandemic.

Posted: Mar 19, 2020 12:43 AM

WKTV - With gyms closed across the state due to the fall-out of the coronavirus pandemic, local fitness centers are getting creative to keep their clients fit and their business operating.

Two of those local gyms, Body By Design Group Fitness in New Hartford, and The Fitness Mill in New York Mills, are among those offering free online classes for at least the remainder of the month.

"As a business owner you have to do what you need to do to keep on surviving so we're adapting based on the circumstances," said Body By Design owner and Creative Director, Jennifer Venezio. "[We're] offering our complete schedule right now electronically, which is giving people an opportunity to work out with us from the privacy of their own homes."

Their classes are at no cost to clients and non-clients, as well, and have already gotten underway. Body By Design is live streaming them through a service called Zoom, a platform for online webinars.

Likewise, The Fitness Mill is offering virtual workouts three days a week through their Facebook and Instagram pages.

They will be streamed live at noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, but will remain available to view following the live stream as well.

"So many of our members are teachers that have kids," said The Fitness Mill owner, Alex Carbone. "We understand getting up at five in the morning and getting your workout is really a tough thing to do right now. So we're offering it at noon, taping it, and you can watch it throughout the day."

Carbone also said that they will be having multiple instructors post additional content to their social media pages regarding nutrition and other fitness tips.

During this unusual time, these classes are just one of the many ways people locally can keep fit.

"Whether it's playing with your kids, getting outside if it's nice enough, maybe climbing those stairs, there's nothing like the feeling of fresh air and of sunshine," said Venezio. "Certainly I hope that's going to be a wonderful supplement to these virtual classes or these virtual classes will be a supplement to your outdoor workouts."

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