Topeka gym offers options as pandemic cautions continue

Published: Jan. 3, 2022 at 6:20 PM CST
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The pandemic is stalling some fitness enthusiasts hoping to achieve their New Year’s resolutions.

According to an American College of Sports Medicine survey, people are preferring to workout at home rather than attend group training at a gym facility.

Members at Genesis Health Clubs are pumping their way back to the gym, but with caution.

“I’m always worried about the pandemic because there are many things going on with it,” Genesis member Ellie Noble said. “The gym is kind of one of those things that everybody’s at and everybody touches which could be kind of worrisome.”

Airrion Mann, Fitness Manager of Genesis Health Clubs, said the pandemic is affecting their traffic.

“It may have slowed some people down, but I think we’re still having a good turnout,” Mann said.

He said they usually see an uptick in traffic around this time of year and they continue looking for alternative ways to invite new members in to feel safe.

“We have group fitness classes. We also have virtual training for members that are unable to make it to the gym,” Mann added.

Some gym members said they are mindful of the situation, but believe they are staying safe.

“I’m boosted first of all, but second of all, you got to live your life,” member Rick Eckert said. “I think the science is pretty clear that the healthier you are, the better you are to withstand the COVID infection. So, I’m going to be healthy, do a lot of cardio to keep my lungs healthy, and then trust vaccines.”

Noble said she also feels comfortable going to the gym because Genesis Health Clubs do a good job cleaning its facilities.

Mann agreed saying their gym has high standards.

“(We bring) cleaning crews in once a night,” he said. “We encourage each member to spray their machines and wipe them down when they finish using them to get it ready for the next person.”

Mann said their facilities even offer various options to help people achieve their goals.

“We run specials to get new members. We also offer fitness sessions with a personal trainer, to help them adhere to the program and gain some knowledge to set their goals, then find the best way to help them achieve it,” he added.

Genesis Health Clubs does not have a mask requirement. It is optional.

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