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Gyms make adjustments to keep members healthy

Posted at 5:27 PM, Mar 17, 2020

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. -- For now, the workouts continue at Fortitude Fitness in Pasco County.

“This is a little bit of a sanctuary, so people have wanted this time to come and workout," said coach Clayton Bell.

But this family owned Crossfit gym is limiting class size to ten.


“So everyone will have plenty of space to workout but keep that space from everyone," said owner Renee Minichino.

Fortitude says they’ve always worked to keep the equipment clean, but now they have stepped it up even more.

That means wiping down the barbells.


And spraying everything with sanitizer.

“If anyone is feeling sick, we are asking them to stay home, but we are taking those necessary precautions to keep them safe, but still active," said Minichino.

For those who don’t make it, Fortitude is making videos of the workouts to do at home.

“Everything we can to allow our members to not have to take a break from fitness, even if they have to start taking some distancing," said Bell.

“Most of our member base are cautiously concerned, however they are wanting to stick to their daily routine. And us staying open is helping them combat that with their stress levels," said Minichino.

Fortitude’s owners says they’ve worked for years to build their business and don’t want to have shut down.

They also want to give people a place to get healthy at a time when health is on everyone’s mind.