How some gyms are pivoting during the 2-week freeze

MEDFORD, Ore. – Gyms are just one of the businesses being shut down during Gov. Kate Brown’s 2-Week Freeze.

Now, the change has them thinking outside the box.

Locally owned gyms, Club Northwest in Grants Pass and Superior Athletic Clubs in Medford tell NBC5 they’re pivoting to online workouts for members to try at-home.

It’ll help keep members in shape and help the businesses stay afloat during this tough time.

“We realize we’ll be back together soon in reality. And got a lot of virtual opportunities in the next two weeks,” said Scott Draper, owner of Club Northwest.

But Club Northwest isn’t the only gym in the Rogue Valley looking towards this business model.

“We started that process, actually, a couple of weeks ago just to have that option available to members if they couldn’t make it in for a workout,” said Jim Kusnerik, owner of Superior Athletic Clubs.

Both gyms tell NBC5 they had to furlough some employees due to the 2-week Freeze. The owners also said they hope the freeze doesn’t go longer than 2-weeks for the sake of their business and employees.

NBC5 News reporter Katie Streit comes from her hometown, Las Vegas. Katie went to the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in Las Vegas, Katie won a Student Emmy for her coverage of the Las Vegas Shooting Anniversary. She also hosted and produced the university's political news show, where she interviewed Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-1). Her passion for politics turned into a coveted internship at the US Capitol in Washington D.C. In her final months working in the Las Vegas area, she was recognized for her journalism achievements by the Nevada Broadcaster's Foundation. Katie is excited to tell the stories of local Southern Oregonians and Northern Californians. Feel free to contact her at [email protected]
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