Typical busy season for gyms looks different during pandemic

Tucson Strength gym
Posted at 7:04 AM, Jan 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-05 09:04:29-05

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — When it comes to hitting the gym, experts say consistency is key. Owner of Tucson Strength, Danny Sawaya, is following the same model in his business.

"We're just hoping for steady right now," said Sawaya.

In a year that has been anything but steady, Sawaya said it is easier said than done.

"I think some people are still afraid to come back to the gyms. There is still a big crowd of people who don't want to come back," said Sawaya.

Sawaya said while he can't speak for every gym owner, be believes in the safety of his customers. He has installed a full fitness center outdoors, requires masks and increased cleaning.

"I'm always looking for ways to make sure people feel safe and make sure that we are doing the best to keep our members healthy and moving. It's allowed me to innovate a lot more," said Sawaya.

Health officials still want more. In late December, Pima County asked businesses to reduce capacity to 25% or less, in hopes of keeping rising COVID-19 case numbers at bay.

Sawaya feels lucky to own a big space. That increases capacity and means his members haven't had to schedule their workout to avoid big crowds.

"If we were to ever get anywhere near capacity, we would go 'one in' and 'one out' here at the gym," said Sawaya.

Tucson Strength will have a better idea if the New Year brought in more people in the next few weeks.

For now, Sawaya said, "We'll take the slow and steady growth that we've always seen."