CrossFit gyms finds ways to stay afloat during COVID-19 pandemic

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FREMONT —  The COVID-19 pandemic brought a lot of frustration for bars and restaurants, but the fitness industry also felt the sting of shutdowns and restrictions.

Many gyms were closed for three months or longer due to the pandemic that was spreading like wildfire in Ohio during spring and fall.

When his gym was forced to close March 16, 2020, Tom Price was frustrated he did not have an opportunity to make that decision himself. While the doors to CrossFit 1926 remained shut, Price rented out equipment for members to use for home workouts.

“We had a pick-up day where people could come in and get anything they wanted that we had in our gym. We just signed it out, we put down who it was [and] what they were getting so we knew when they brought it back we were getting everything that they took,” Price said. “They were taking dumbbells, kettlebells, med balls, bikes, rowers— anything they get their hands on trying to do something at home.”



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