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Gyms, personal trainers adjust to help people reach fitness goals amid pandemic

In-person and virtual exercise options available
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Posted at 8:59 PM, Jan 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-04 23:54:00-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn (WTVF) — When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, hitting the gym usually tops the list, but this year that may not be the case due to the pandemic.

It's normally the busiest month of the year at the Margaret Maddox Family YMCA in East Nashville, but this January it's easier to find an open treadmill.

"It is a lot slower," said Jenny Cross, Membership Director at the Margaret Maddox Family YMCA. "Normally, every machine is full."

Officials with the YMCA said the number of daily visitors at facilities is down from this time last year. However, numbers are slowly increasing as more people are starting to join or return in the New Year. Numbers show members who are choosing to utilize the Y are doing so consistently.

To make sure people stay safe while sweating, the Y continues to operate at a reduced capacity, and require temperature checks at the door, and masks in common areas. Cleaning supplies are provided, so equipment can be cleaned between each use, and new barriers have been placed between equipment.

Officials said making sure people feel safe is a top priority.

"Whether people are working out at home or coming here, it is important for your mental health and physical health said Cross.

Some people who don't feel comfortable returning to gyms are working to reach their fitness goals at home.

Long-time Nashville personal trainer and running coach Megan Conner is now teaching all her classes online. She made the transition from in-person to virtual instruction last year, and hasn't looked back.

"There are so many benefits to being able to do this anywhere," said Conner. "I can get on YouTube, or I can go download a workout for free. Now there is no excuse."

Conner offers classes ranging from boot camp to yoga through her website Sweat Live. She said the 30-minute classes are convenient and allow her to provide individual instruction to people all over the country while helping them stay connected and motivated.

"Literally you log on and in 30 minutes get your butt kicked in a good way, and then that’s it," said Conner.

With online and in-person options, Conner said people need to find what works best for them. However, she said with more choices there is no reason the pandemic should keep you from accomplishing your goals.

"More than ever, it is so important and imperative to take care of ourselves," said Conner.

For more information on Conner's classes, click here. For more information on safety measures in place at the YMCA click here.