Kelsey Arthurs

Freedom Fitness Manager Kelsey Arthurs wipes down a stair climbing machine while she works at the gym. Freedom Fitness and other local gyms have reopened, although many are taking extra precautions to keep their members safe.

“We call it the corona killer,” said Freedom Fitness Manager Kelsey Arthurs with a smile as she sprayed and wiped an exercise machine with a powerful disinfectant Monday.

Freedom Fitness is just one of several local gyms that have reopened their doors for business.

Owner Grant Guinn said the gym has a cleaning employee to sanitize the entire gym, and she makes sure that everything is wiped down often.

Freedom Fitness reopened on May 1, and although classes are still not in session, members have been coming out to use the equipment since then.

Guinn said a sheet of guidelines is posted for all members.

The guidelines include frequent hand washing, the wiping down of machines and respecting the space of others.

The gym is discouraging group workouts for now, and advising members to exercise individually.

Freedom Fitness, which is located at 1710 E. Wood St., is also offering a first month free for new members.

Other local gyms are observing similar cleaning regulations and safety precautions.

Ultimate Fitness, found at 2323 Lakeway Circle, has also reopened, with staffed hours only.

General Manager Hunter Walter said the gym is making sure equipment is cleaned between workouts, and hand sanitizer and disinfectant are readily available.

Members of Ultimate Fitness must also complete a questionnaire before they work out. The form includes questions about recent international travel, contact with COVID-19 cases and possible symptoms.

The form must be signed by the member and approved by an employee.

Walter said the current maximum capacity, with safety guidelines, is 25 people.

“I’m really proud of how well everyone’s doing,” he said. “It’s been the smoothest reopening we could have hoped for.”

Flex Fitness, at 601 Spruce St., is also open, with guidelines for personal safety.

An employee said the gym just opened its tanning booth, and members have begun coming in frequently.

Flex Fitness is cleaned and sanitized every hour, and members are asked to wipe down machinery before and after use.

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