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Published Monday Mar 23, 2020 by Mindbody Team

What Happens to Gym Equipment During COVID-19?

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The coronavirus outbreak has forced many fitness studios and gyms to temporarily close their doors. This situation is unfortunate of course for the business, but also for the member community who is still in need of physical activity (especially in our increasingly cooped-up, “shelter-at-home” world). To deal with this troubling situation, many studios and members have arrived at a mutually beneficial arrangement: equipment rentals. 

Why it’s not a bad idea. 

The essence of this idea is actually fairly straightforward: if a studio can’t offer the use of their facilities right now, why not rent out some of their equipment to their clients who are stuck at home? With many retail stores also closing up shop, it’s becoming more and more difficult to find places that sell anything but essentials. For many fitness junkies, renting equipment may be the only option to get their fix for the foreseeable future. 

Fitness studios have a couple of options when it comes to loaning out their equipment. They can either charge for the rentals, which keeps things fairly clean and transactional. This provides gyms with a much-needed influx of capital, and customers a no-strings-attached source of workout gear.  Studios can also include free equipment rentals as a perk of clients maintaining an active membership with them, which rewards members for their loyalty and maintains a healthy client base for the studio’s longer-term future. 

If you’re a member at a gym or studio that offers live-stream workouts, imagine how much more effective and enjoyable that at-home workout would be using the same equipment you’ve grown to know and love during your regular group workouts. Plus, renting equipment could add some much-needed motivation to actually join the streaming workouts and stay active: if you’re going to pay for the equipment (or at the very least go pick it up or have someone deliver it to you) you’re less likely to look at it sitting there and think, “Nah…” 

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What it might look like 

At CrossFit Inferno, Bill Grundler sent out an email to his clients letting them know about the option to rent. He shared what they could rent and how they could supplement: “The checked-out equipment will start with a KB or DB, a band, and a PVC pipe if you need it. Ideally, I would like you to have a heavy object and a light object. I think we can get the light objects around the house, or if you have some small dumbbells at home those would work great.” In his message, Grundler promises that the situation is temporary, but also promises the same hard-core workout his clients have come to expect at his box.   

Rentals don’t have to be limited to weights, either. Equipment rental is also a great option for indoor cycling studios and fanatics, making participation in live-streamed spinning classes not just possible, but fun. After days of forced isolation, nothing will feel better than hopping back on the bike with a bunch of familiar faces.  

If you’re keen to get started, find out if your gym or studio is offering equipment rentals. They may have posted about it on social media or sent an email to their members. But if not, drop them a line to inquire.  Maybe it hasn’t even occurred to them, and your suggestion could become a boon to both the business and other members there. Many studios are even offering delivery and pick-up of the equipment, which definitely sweetens the deal.   

Of course, nothing compares to being with your fellow members and trainers at your studio or gym in-person. But for the time being, rentals like this can help you stay connected to your wellness community, at a time when both wellness and community can feel in short supply. 

Remember, we are getting through this together, and together we will emerge stronger. To show your local studios support during this time, please visit them on Mindbody.io or in the Mindbody app and find your favorite classes or one you've always wanted to try. Also, tag them on social media, along with @Mindbody, and we will support in any way we can.

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What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?
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Published Monday Sep 21, 2020 by Sara Lesher

What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?

That’s something I never expected to hear. Think about it: we join gyms and studios because of their equipment, instructors, space, community (and AC, of course). But who’s to say we can’t get all that—or at least most of it—with virtual and online classes, too? In this new wave of wellness, we’re all switching up our fitness routines as we switch up our everyday schedules and habits. It’s not just in-studio or at-home anymore. It’s in-studio, at-home, at the park, beach, parking lot, rooftop...virtual, hybrid, Instagram Live, online, on-demand, and so much more. As we’re adapting, adjusting, finding our groove, etc., online gym memberships enter the frayHas a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? 

So, why should we care about online gym memberships? 

There are tons of benefits to an online gym membership, especially right now.

Let’s break this down: 

1. Scheduling convenience 

A virtual/online gym fitness membership is a monthly subscription that gives you access to tons of live stream fitness classes you can take anywhere, from studios across the globe. These fitness studios offer tons of at-home workouts, group exercise, and one-on-one training sessions to choose from, no matter your exercise program or fitness level. With so many options, it’s easy to find one that fits your schedule. Whether you want to fit in a morning flow before work, combat that afternoon slump with some cardio, squeeze in some strength training before dinner, or wind down with an evening barre class, you can pick and choose classes to fit your fitness routine. 

2. Minimizing exposure to COVID-19 

And because they’re online, you can take these classes from the comfort of your home (or wherever you are), thus minimizing your exposure to COVID-19 and eliminating your commute to the gym or studio. By now, many of us have our designated “workout spot,” whether it’s an actual weight room, a quick scooch of the coffee table, or a grassy area in the backyard. Maybe you’re comfortable here... maybe you’ve even learned to love it.  

With an online gym membership, you can stay in your safe space/comfy workout spot. Or, you can go somewhere new (local park, beach spot, a different area of the house, you know). You can access these virtual, live stream fitness classes from any device, so you can prop up your phone, laptop, or tablet wherever you want to go, or roll out your mat in front of the big screen TV in your living room. 

3. Variety 

We all have our favorite, go-to workouts. But sometimes, it feels good to switch it up (especially right now). Working from home all day, many of us are craving some variety and excitement, and an online gym membership can definitely help with that. According to our recent poll about COVID’s effect on our fitness routines, 64% of you have tried new online workouts since the start of the pandemic—I know I have. Maybe it’s because trying new things is easier in the comfort of our homes, maybe we’re finally able to try some classes we normally can’t find locally, or maybe we’re all just bored out of our minds...I don’t know. But I’m excited about it.  

With an online gym membership, you can get that spice you’re looking for easily. Start out your Monday by hitting some HIIT, ease your sore muscles with some Restorative Yoga, and end the week with some dance cardio to pretend you’re at the club. The world is yours. 

What Are the Benefits of an Online Gym Membership?

 

4. Working out without a commute 

My favorite part? No commute. There are literally no more excuses when it comes to skipping workouts. No traffic, no schedule conflicts, no fear of returning to the studio. You don’t even have to worry about packing a gym bag with a change of clothes and shower supplies or prepping a snack or protein shake to bring to work. Just shut your computer, throw on some leggings, and get to work. 

5. Community 

Community—the element of online fitness memberships we don’t often think of. When we go into studios, we understand the beauty of a fitness community. We’re greeted by our instructors, we chat with others in the class, and we all sweat together and encourage each other throughout. But working out at home is different... or is it?  

We can do workouts on our own at home all we want, but we’re definitely going to miss out on the community aspect we all know and love. But, with live stream classes, we can create a different kind of community. The beauty of it? It’s not just your neighbors anymore. Anyone with an online fitness membership can join these classes, regardless of where they’re located in relation to the studio, so you can be working out alongside people from all over the world—now that’s something I can get behind. 

 
Interested yet?

Sara Lesher
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Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
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Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s marketing content associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).