For many of us, it takes a long time to develop good exercise habits, and with the closing of gyms across the country, many people have seen their exercise routines disappear.
A generous Illinois gym owner anticipated this and did his part to make sure customers stay active and reach their fitness goals.
Drew Whitted, owner of be strong in Bloomington, Ill., has allowed its members to sign up for more than $ 40,000 free of charge in workout equipment to use at home during the state’s stay-at-home order.
He said he didn’t want people to miss their workouts and he’s happy to see how it brings families together.
“Now I see a whole family going through this shelter in place, going through this difficult time doing these workouts together, bonding together, becoming healthier and happier together as a family unit,” he said. declared. told CNN.
About 80 members accepted the offer, signing some material, but Drew withheld a few, so he could run online training sessions every day.
The owner of the small business has promised to keep and pay his eight employees and offered members a free month after quarantine is over.
Gym member Paulette Cocco was blown away by the generosity: “He had recently invested a lot of money in purchasing new equipment,” she told CNN. “I mean, his gear is really beautiful, so it was a big sacrifice.”
She added that she would pay him personally for the lost month, anyway. The rest of Paulette’s family recently started training at home with her, and they plan to join the gym when it reopens.
Whitted expressed no concerns about the equipment returning to the gym when it reopens, saying the members would be happy to train together again.
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