An L.A.-Area Gym is Offering Workout Pods for COVID-Fearing Fitness Enthusiasts

Inspire South Bay Fitness in Redondo Beach got creative to keep its clientele safe

If you want to get your pump on without contracting the deadly coronavirus, a Redondo Beach gym is offering accommodations once available only to convicts in 24/7 solitary confinement at a supermax prison.

Inspire South Bay Fitness on Artesia Boulevard has redesigned its weight room to incorporate a series of isolated workout pods built from pipes and shower curtains where clients can lift weights without inhaling their fellow iron pumpers’ respiratory detritus. The pods—which took three days to construct—not only protect clients from infection, they are also a cheap alternative to installing plexiglass dividers, South Bay Fitness owner Pete Saspin tells KTLA.

Though L.A. County gyms were allowed to reopen starting June 12, Saspin says that being shuttered since March has forced him to get creative to keep his business afloat.

“It’s been really tough,” he says. “We weren’t sure if we were gonna [be] able to reopen again. But because now that we’ve come up with this solution, it’s a lot more affordable and, now, we can reopen back up a little more safer and healthier for our clients.”

Returning clients will have to use hand sanitizer, have their temperatures checked, and sign waivers before being assigned to their own futuristic exercise bubbles, and only nine people will be allowed into the area at a time. And, in accordance with state guidelines, personal trainers will wear masks and remain at least six feet away from their clients.

Saunas, hot tubs, and steam rooms will remain closed until further notice.

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