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Some, not all gyms reopened first day

Michael’s Fitness Boutique reopened at their usual 5 a.m. for early bird workouts. They had checked in 120 members by 11 a.m.

But not all Boca’s gyms and fitness centers took advantage of state and county approvals for a minute past midnight Monday.

“We have a lot of people coming in from other gyms that didn’t open today,” said Desiree Widstrand, general manager, Busy Body Fitness Center – Premium in The Shops at University Park. Some spin bikes and rowers sit outside now. Masks are optional since it’s “not healthy to be having a mask” during workouts. Fitness classes are suspended until June 1. “We’ll probably limit them to 10 to 12 in a class,” she said.

June 1 is when Yoga Journey expects to start returning to their studio, owner Leslie Glickman told members. They plan to limit the number of classes and schedule enough for comings and goings. Studio classes will have a maximum of 12 students, with 6 feet of social distancing space around the mats. They’ll continue to offer virtual classes.

“We put out a survey to our mailing list,” Glickman said of their 15,000-member community, not all local. “We asked, would you come back in the studio right away? Would you prefer to wait and come back with limited class sizes? Are you not ready to come back and prefer to stay online,” she said. Most preferred to stay online now,  then go to limited studio classes, she said.

Classes at Michael’s Body Scene will probably be a half-hour with fewer people. “We’ll know by Wednesday,” said manager Alan Turkin. Like other gyms surveyed, they put sanitation and covaid-19 precautions in place. “We spent two months sanitizing; we even did the ceiling,” he said.

Yoga Journey is a city vendor. So Glickman’s waiting to hear about resuming free yoga classes at 9 a.m. Saturdays in Sanborn Square. “It would be great for morale getting people out in the open air at safe distances,” she said.

By Marci Shatzman

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