With all three South Florida counties closing gyms and fitness studios to contain the spread of coronavirus, our local fitness community needs your support. Here are 9 ways you can support your local gyms and trainers during these unprecedented times - both financially and without spending a dime.
1. Don't freeze your membership.
If you can afford it, keep your recurring membership active to help generate an income even while the gym is closed.
2. Buy class packages.
Support your favorite gyms with classes you can use in the future. You were going to need to get more classes anyway, so buy them now.
3. Buy gift cards.
Buy gift cards to pay for future months of your membership, or maybe give some classes or sessions to a friend in the future.
4. Buy gym merchandise.
Many gyms have inventories of shirts, hats, and other branded merchandise. Anything that you can buy from the gym will help right now.
5. Rent equipment from gyms and studios.
Take advantage of any fitness equipment rental programs that your gym might be running to score some equipment for your at-home workouts and support your gym at the same time.
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6. Participate in online/live workouts.
Many gyms and trainers are streaming and sharing workouts. Participate in them, share them with friends and family, and then offer to pay the gym/trainer their time. Even a few dollars to their Venmo makes a difference.
7. Ask your trainer to write you a personal plan at their rate.
Email your favorite trainer and ask them how much they would charge to create a custom plan. While there are lots of free workouts available online, ask for a plan that utilizes the equipment you have at home or the type of workouts you prefer.
8. Share your favorite trainers' videos and workout posts.
Engage with the content being shared on Instagram and Facebook, and help trainers widen their audience by sharing with your networks or tagging them in your quarantine workout posts.
9. Leave reviews across the Internet.
Whether it's on Google, MindBody, Facebook, Yelp, or somewhere else, show your support by reviewing your favorite gyms.