Albany gym reopens with outdoor workouts

WNYT Staff
Updated: July 31, 2020 02:24 PM
Created: July 31, 2020 07:07 AM

ALBANY - After more than a month into New York's Phase 4 reopening guidelines, gyms across the state are still waiting to get approval from the governor to reopen. Some gyms have been forced to get creative.


CrossFit for the People, located on Lisha Kill Road, recently reopened for workouts outside. The gym is able to hold workouts in the parking lot.

"It has been a lot of planning. We've been thinking about this throughout really all of quarantine, about how we were going to reopen, and how we were going to reopen and keep people safe," said Kayla Tote, owner of CrossFit for the People.

Tote said that a lot of research went into how to keep everything clean and keeping people safe.

Earlier this week, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy announced that a handful of complaints had been made against the facility.

"That was a shock to us. We never got any notice. We never received any phone calls in regards to those calls or what they were pertaining to," Tote said. "I think it is pretty clear what we are doing. You can drive by and you can see people distance; you can see we are all outside. Anyone who drives by can kind of see it is very clear what we are doing and how we are keeping people safe, but I think it is important for people to know that there is a story behind all of that. It would be nice to have someone reach out regarding those numbers."

Athlete Briana McNamee said she started coming back when the gym began holding outdoor classes.

"The procedures and protocols that Kayla has put in place specifically here, between hand sanitization measures, having face masks on. She also has alcohol and sanitization methods for before and afterwards for the equipment," McNamee said.

For now, classes will need to remain outdoors, but changes could be on the way.

Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul recently spoke with NewsChannel 13's NBC affiliate in Elmira.

Hochul said the guidelines might change sooner rather than later. She said they are working with health officials to make sure that gyms can be safe when guidelines are handed down. They are figuring out protocols to keep the environment sterile so the virus can't spread.

To hear more about CrossFit for the People, click on Jill Konopka's report.

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