Fargo exercise equipment company flourishes amid pandemic gym shutdowns

Fargo-based PRx is quickly developing a reputation across America for its wall-mounted, space-saving weight racks.

“It folds up out of the way when not in use,” said PRx Vice President Rachel Rice, “and you can still get your car in the garage when you need to.”

When COVID-19 hit and gyms nationwide shutdown, “it was bananas,” said PRx warehouse worker Ben Gurney. “We tried to adjust right away, but most of us weren’t sure it would continue the way it did.”

When the pandemic began to take hold in the United States, PRx was getting so many orders that it had to limit the hours during the day when orders could be placed. Even then, orders more than exceeded expectations.

“We had the website open 30 seconds before we met our daily sales quota,” Rice said.

The orders piled up. On a normal day before the coronavirus hit, they were

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Orangetheory Fitness CEO Peddles Inaccurate Information to Lure Members Back to the Gym

On the last Friday in August, Dave Long, the CEO of Orangetheory Fitness (OTF), emailed a “pep talk” to members of the fitness studio. In a 500-word screed, Long announced that more OTF studios would be reopening as an increasing number of states begin to lift restrictions on public gatherings and return to a semblance of normalcy. The tone of the email was exciting and reassuring, littered with exclamation points and virtual high fives. But about three paragraphs in, Long presented his thesis behind the reopenings, writing, “There’s no evidence to support the fact that gyms are contributing to the community spread of COVID-19 above any other types of businesses.” Long claimed that gyms like Orangetheory were vital because they lessen the impact of the virus and could even prevent it by keeping members in good health, a claim he attributed to “doctors” and the International Health Racquet & Sportsclub

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Is it safe to go to the gym or an exercise class? Here’s the research we have on fitness centres and the coronavirus.

  • As gyms in major metro areas like New York City have reopened, people are weighing whether it’s worth going back.
  • Research suggests that people may be able to resume gym workouts with limited risks.
  • The only published study on indoor exercise classes found more coronavirus infections connected to aerobic group workouts than a yoga class.
  • Wearing a mask, maintaining good hygiene, social distancing, and proper ventilation are important.
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After nearly 6 months, indoor gyms in New York City are finally permitted to reopen, with strict safety precautions in place, and limited capacity.

While states like Oklahoma, Texas,Georgia and Florida reopened gyms months ago, some of the hardest-hit metro areas like New York City have postponed a return to business until now, as new case numbers have finally dropped to record lows.

But many people are still undecided about whether to venture back into the

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Gym owner of AWATfit says COVID pandemic favors outdoor fitness

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Richard Decker, founder of AWATfit, is looking to bring his mobile gym to Bergen County for those looking to get a workout in an outdoor space.

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While the gym industry has struggled during the pandemic, one entrepreneur is bringing the gym straight to the great outdoors. 

Richard Decker didn’t create AWATfit in response to coronavirus pandemic; it was only a bit of luck that saw him putting the finishing touches on his new mobile gym model last year.

The New York-based business, which is now looking to expand to Bergen County, has thrived as people have looked for a safe way to get their daily exercise routine. 

Richard Decker, CEO and founder of AWATfit, stands on his truck, the centerpiece of his mobile gym business. (Photo: Photo courtesy of Aaron Kresberg)

“What COVID did was quadruple my business,” said Decker. “We were the only gym that wasn’t closed

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Gains Everyday Offers Gym Equipment, Fitness Snacks, and More to People Staying at Home – Press Release

This company helps answer the urgent call of health experts to provide home-based exercise opportunities during the pandemic

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), physical inactivity is one of the four leading causes of chronic diseases in the United States including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and cancer. Physical inactivity has been a health concern even before the pandemic. Now that COVID-19 is still a threat, health researchers made an urgent call to the public to get fit for their physical and mental wellness, and to improve immunity and decrease risk for chronic diseases. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend at least 150 min of moderate, or 75 min of vigorous physical activity per week, and strength training on two days per week. Three 45 min online exercise classes per week would suffice to achieve the benefits related to physical activity. The healthy lifestyle hub

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Crunch Fitness members speak out against ‘dangerous’ and ‘tone deaf’ plea from the gym chain urging them to harass New York’s governor to reopen fitness centers



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  • In an email sent by Crunch Fitness on Tuesday, the gym franchise urged members in New York to participate in a letter-writing campaign to push Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reopen gyms in the state. 
  • The email asserts “there is no evidence that health and fitness facilities are contributing to the spread of COVID-19 differently than other businesses that continue to operate,” despite public health officials issuing warnings to the contrary. 
  • In response, several angry members have taken to Twitter to call the note “absolutely appalling and irresponsible” and a “dangerous call to action.”
  • “Opening our gyms is good for personal, and therefore, public health,” Chad Waetzig, Crunch’s evp of marketing and branding, said in a statement to Business Insider. “We certainly understand that some members are hesitant to come back to the gym at
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Americans Embrace a Hybrid of Home Exercise and Gym Workouts

The Beachbody Company survey reveals 9 in 10 Americans who plan to return to the gym will continue at-home workouts

Even as gyms begin to welcome back guests, the at-home workout phenomenon appears here to stay according to a new survey just released from The Beachbody Company, the leading innovator in digital fitness, wellness and nutrition.

The Beachbody Company “Future of Fitness Survey” asked 1,000 U.S. adults who exercise regularly how they have embraced the ‘new normal’ of fitness since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and how they plan to stay fit in the future. Surprisingly, a staggering 87% of respondents who already or will feel comfortable working out in a gym said that they would continue pumping and burning from their living rooms.

“The only thing worse than this ongoing disruption caused by the pandemic is actually getting sick, and I think that’s why we’re seeing so many

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Teaneck NJ opens outdoor gym in Votee Park

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Township Manager Dean Kazinci discusses features of the new outdoor fitness facility at Votee Park in Teaneck

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TEANECK — A 13-station exercise equipment center has opened on the northeast side of Votee Park, and although it’s been in the works for a long time, the timing couldn’t be better.

The 2,100-square-foot rubber-padded area was proposed two years ago to replace exercise facilities on the west side of the park that had become outdated, according to Township Manager Dean Kazinci.

“There was a tremendous need to provide this outdoor service to our residents,” Kazinci said.  “With gyms not open, this provides a little relief for them.”

Indoor gyms in New Jersey remain under strict restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic, with only one-on-one sessions permitted. 

REMOTE PROTEST: Teaneck parents hold protest over district’s decision to go all remote

ADVISORY COMMITTEES: Teaneck reorganizes its advisory committees, drawing protest from residents

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New York City boutique fitness studios staged a protest, saying it is ‘biased’ to exclude majority-female exercise classes from gym reopenings



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  • New York City is preparing to allow gyms to reopen, with limited capacity, in early September.
  • But group fitness classes are still not permitted, and it’s not clear when they’ll be allowed to responded. 
  • Some studio owners have said this is a double-standard that unintentionally targets mostly women, since they make up the majority of clients at boutique studio classes.
  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

After nearly six long months, New York City is finally preparing to reopen its gyms on September 2, with precautions such as strictly limited capacity, six feet of distance between people, and face masks on all staff and clients.

But for group fitness classes in the city, there is still no plan in place to reopen.

A group of studio owners is demanding that Mayor Bill de Blasio allow them to resume their businesses, saying

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