Gyms open their doors again with big changes as part of Phase 2 reopening


HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Part of Connecticut’s Phase Two of reopening is to allow gyms to open their doors once again.

At The Edge Fitness Club in Hamden, clients lined up before 5 a.m.

“I woke up like a little kid on the first day of school again. It was great,” said North Haven resident James Maraday. “It’s been exactly 3 months.”

Three months since the gyms all closed. So what has he been doing?

“Absolutely nothing,” Maraday said. “Part of the motivation is just leaving the house to get to the gym. That is the motivation every day when I go.”

Orange resident W.C. Jones is about to turn 84. He has not been doing much either.

“Not really. I’ve been doing a lot of little stuff, but not exercising,” he said as he waited in his car for the gym to open. “So it’s good to get back.”

Right at 5, the doors opened, and gym life began again.

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“People are excited to get back,” said Jenn Kuehn, spokesperson for The Edge franchise. “They’re ready to get in and get their routine and be back in front of our community.”

There are some changes, however. At The Edge, every other cardio machine is off limits to spread people out.

“You’re going to see everything that you see in your typical day-to-day life. The stickers on the floor,” said Kuehn. “It’s everything you see top encourage social distancing, and you’ve got everyone with a face covering or a mask on.”

Yes, everyone. The rule at The Edge is masks on at all times. They are cleaning at all times, as well. When classes and training resume Saturday, they will only be at half capacity. Bags are discouraged, too, so bring your mask, and not much else.

“Bring in your positive attitude. That’s really what you’re here for, to work out,” Kuehn said. “You don’t need your phone, you don’t need your keys. Just bring in what you need to do your workout. Your water, and let’s do your workout and focus on that.”

For those who think working out in a mask is too inconvenient, many thought the same thing about wearing a mask to the grocery store, and everybody is now fine with that after 3 months.

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