Gyms bring workouts into the home

Contributed photoMembers of Sweat Exercise Studio in Catskill can now access virtual classes from home.

In the midst of the global health crisis caused by COVID-19, local gyms are adapting their techniques to help residents ward off the “quarantine 15” — the estimated 15-pound weight gain during self-isolation.

Gyms are among the businesses that were forced to close on March 16, as per state directives. While residents spend more time at home and practice social distancing, mental health experts are encouraging physical activity.

Sweat Exercise Studio owner Jamie Hyer-Mitchell is posting free online classes each week to Sweat’s YouTube channel, she said.

“We are offering free classes on YouTube,” she said. “There are 19 or 20 on there and we’ll keep adding.”

Class topics include turbo kick, piyo, strength training and more, Mitchell said.

The workouts are either full-length and 45 to 60 minutes in duration, or express workouts, which are 15 to 30 minutes.

“We’re not going to try to make profit off this crisis,” Mitchell said. “We’re freezing all memberships. We are doing this on our own time for our community. We want to keep people’s spirits up.”

Mitchell plans to add a chair yoga class and possibly a modified version of the gym’s suspension class using sheets or ropes, she said.

Sweat Exercise Studio is also partnering up with Columbia-Greene Humane Society to be one of Greene County’s pet food banks, Mitchell said.

“We’re keeping opportunistic that we’re going to open up with new classes, even better than ever,” Mitchell said. “Upon opening we will have a huge special for coming back to us and for new members.”

Accountable Fitness in Cairo has also setup virtual sessions, CFO Dan Hatch said.

“This couldn’t haven happened at a worse time, especially in our area.”

Current members can schedule sessions with coach Tom Flanagan for fitness consultant, nutritional coaching and personal training at no charge. For new members, the sessions are $60.

To book a session visit

The Capital District YMCA is offering virtual classes and continuing to offer emergency child care.

Videos can be found at or you can tune into live streams on the Capital District YMCA Facebook page.

Planet Fitness is using Facebook Live to offer daily free at-home workouts. If you miss the live stream, all the home workouts are available on Planet Fitness’ YouTube channel.

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