Fitness enthusiasts can resume training, as two major health club chains reopened their locations in Dallas-Fort Worth after the coronavirus shutdown:
- High-end fitness guru Equinox reopened four sites in Texas, including two in the Dallas area, in late May.
- Based in california LA Fitness reopened all of its DFW locations on June 1.
These two major players arrived late for the game, reopening two weeks after fitness centers were given the nod from the state of Texas. Gyms were officially allowed to open on May 18, and the majority of chains did so on that date.
Equinox has two facilities in the Dallas area: Oak Lawn Avenue in Dallas and Plano.
LA Fitness has 36 pitches in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
A statement from Equinox says the chain has spent the past few weeks working on a full reopening strategy that included creating a task force of medical and infectious disease experts. They have also developed a collection of safety guidelines / protocols covering health, safety and cleanliness.
Their statistics show that the four clubs completed 80 percent of the pre-booked club appointments. They also welcomed new members and rehired nearly 100 percent of their employees.
As part of its reopening, Equinox launched Equinox +, a new membership that connects physical and digital to offer club and virtual programming, including access to virtual personal training and Variis by Equinox, a digital platform. offering access to brands like SoulCycle, Precision Course, PURE Yoga, HeadStrong, and more. Texas clubs will offer members the option of taking a digital course on Variis if they are on the waitlist for a regular course.
At LA Fitness, they’re seeing new and slightly shorter hours: Monday to Friday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
They also limit the capacity of group fitness classes and take other measures to observe social distancing, including one-to-one registration, limiting building occupancy, and removing or making certain equipment available. .
A survey By RunRepeat, an online store that sells workout shoes, found disheartening news about whether people would return to their gyms.
The study surveyed 10,824 gym members and found that nearly half (49.55%) of gym members in Texas will not return when their gyms reopen, and more than a third (37.28%) ) have canceled or are considering canceling their membership.
On the positive side, that means more room for those who come back.