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Tallahassee gyms, members excited for Phase One reopen

Posted at 5:21 PM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 17:21:42-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Governor Ron DeSantis says Florida is now moving to a "full" Phase One reopening that includes gyms, one of the most anticipated businesses to return.

After months of no activity inside, gyms will finally get the chance to open back up.

RedHills Crossfit is still pretty empty. That's because they loaned much of their equipment to members.

Now, they're ready to get that equipment back and go back into the group training.

"Within minutes of the governor's announcement, we had members texting saying, 'Hey can we come in today, can we come Monday? What's the deal?'" said Travis Perkins of RedHills Crossfit.

Governor DeSantis is allowing gyms to open Monday as long as they follow CDC guidelines on sanitation and social distancing, even praising work out models like Crossfit.

When the doors closed at Red Hills Crossfit, trainers opened virtual workouts. To keep the workouts going strong, the team found new homes for the equipment.

"We loaned out a lot of our equipment so they could do those workouts at home," Perkins said. "The dumbbells, the weighted balls."

Those loans will make it a little harder to hit the ground running on Monday.

"The big push is getting the equipment back Monday through Wednesday," said Perkins. "So during that time, we'll be doing a lot of outside workouts. You can always run. There's pavement everywhere."

Red Hills Crossfit anticipates some of its members will continue to stay at home.

The owner says many of the members are in their 60's and want to stay safe during this time.