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CLEVELAND, Ohio — In mid-March of last year, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine ordered gyms and fitness to close their doors as part of the statewide effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Two months later, the state relented and allowed the businesses to reopen with a host of restrictions limiting capacity and mandating masks for customers.

Nationwide restrictions on indoor fitness led to a rush for at-home workout equipment. Free-weights, dumbbells, high-end stationary bikes became hot-ticket items for anyone looking to maintain their good health and to stave off the boredom of the collective COVID-19 lockdown.

CLEVELAND, Ohio — In mid-March of last year, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine ordered gyms and fitness to close their doors as part of the statewide effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Two months later, the state relented and allowed the businesses to reopen with a host of restrictions limiting capacity and mandating masks for customers.

Nationwide restrictions on indoor fitness led to a rush for at-home workout equipment. Free-weights, dumbbells, high-end stationary bikes became hot-ticket items for anyone looking to maintain their good health and to stave off the boredom of the collective COVID-19 lockdown.

“We’re in the fitness business, but we are also about providing a supportive community to our members, and this is what people are seeking right now, connection with others,” he said in the call. “The membership and usage trends that we are experiencing make me optimistic for the long-term growth, and I truly believe we are on the verge of a fitness boom.”

Amy Williams, a spokeswoman for Life Time Fitness, said she believes members are ready to return to something resembling their pre-coronavirus lives. The result: a significant traffic increase at their Deerfield Township location. Williams said the company continues to work closely with an epidemiologist and industrial hygienist to enhance its cleaning, spacing, and air filtration protocols.

“Members are ready to get back to their routines and are expressing how thankful they are to have Life Time in their lives,” said said. “We’ll continue to focus on cleaning, as it has always been a priority, and provide members and our team members with a safe environment.”

Joe Purton, the owner of CycleBar Beachwood, echoed Williams, saying membership is at an all-time high for the indoor cycling center, and he suspects the increase might have something to do with people searching for a sense of community.

“Our focus is on community and not just a workout, and we made efforts during the pandemic to preserve and nurture that community,” Purton said. “Seeing our Cycle Family in person once again is fantastic, and we couldn’t be more grateful to the riders who’ve stuck with us and the new ones who see the benefits of indoor cycling.”

Evan Daiber, owner of 2 Tone Boxing Club in Beachwood, said that while the pandemic caused a slight dip in numbers, they held steady despite struggles early in the pandemic. Daiber said the fitness center did have to shut down temporarily for a month, but since reopening, they have seen a significant increase in membership.

Between the end of March and the beginning of April 2020, 2 Tone went from 150 to 100 members. By August, they jumped back up to 150. As of June 2021, they are hovering between 250-350 members.

“Since reopening, it’s definitely a night-and-day difference,” Daiber said.

Daiber said he knows most of his members on a first-name basis, and the community atmosphere is why the loyal members come back.

“We offer something more than just a gym. It’s more of a community,” Daiber said. “We’re very positive. We think it’s going to be a great summer.”

Josh Leve, founder and CEO of the Fitness Business Association, a trade organization for fitness centers, said his industry weathered other battles against at-home fitness. He said there’s room for growth in both sectors.

“First of all, after more than a year of working out at home, in front of computers and televisions, seeking out new equipment online, and doing their best to stay motivated with family, work, and other factors, Americans are unequivocally ready for more social interaction,” Leve said.

Leve noted that while in-home fitness saw a surge in popularity during the pandemic, he doesn’t anticipate it hurting traditional club, studio, or gym but acts as a compliment.

“Remember, it’s not the first rodeo for in-home fitness. That sector of the industry dates back to a Jane Fonda VHS tape, Tae Bo, etc.,” he said. “There’s always a shiny new toy.”

Leve said after reopening, many of its members in the state of Texas have also seen quite the resurgence.

“We have many members in the state of Texas, and when they reopened, 100% saw their clients come back nearly to pre-pandemic levels from the start,” Leve said.

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