Gym owners still adjusting to shift in fitness industry created by the pandemic

CLEVELAND — The first of the year is usually when many gyms and fitness centers record a spike in new memberships. Oftentimes New Year’s resolutions involve more exercise or people looking to drop a few pounds. But, that surge of people rushing to the gym to get fit isn’t happening in 2021.

Instead, gym owners are dealing with lower attendance rates because of the pandemic. COVID-19 cases nationwide are keeping people at home and managing their physical fitness there.

“It’s been so stressful for people and it’s really wearing people down,” said Linda McVey, the executive director of health initiatives,

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Centuries of Racism Have Created a Mental Health Crisis Among Black Americans

Photo credit: Getty/ Morgan McMullen
Photo credit: Getty/ Morgan McMullen

From Marie Claire

“He wanted me to run, so he could shoot me in the back,” my father said through tears that refused to fall. It was last month, the day before Father’s Day. Instead of making plans to celebrate, my dad and I sat in grief and fear together, like so many Black parents and their children, over the senseless loss of more Black lives.

He was telling me the story of how, as a 16-year-old walking around his neighborhood in Savannah, Georgia, he had been picked up by the police. After being taken

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