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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Some gym owners are frustrated by Alberta's easing of public health restrictions, saying the rules don't make sense for themselves or their customers.


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Some gym owners are frustrated by Alberta’s easing of public health restrictions, saying the rules don’t make sense for themselves or their customers.

In a little more than one week, public health restrictions will ease for restaurants and gyms across Alberta.

But some gym owners are saying the remaining restrictions on indoor fitness don’t make sense, leaving their facilities inaccessible to most clients and financially unviable.

Indoor fitness facilities have been closed to clients since mid-December in order to slow the spread of COVID-19, but personal training has been allowed inside private homes or outdoors.

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