Finally able to workout

Nabio Gabr works out at the Princeton Health and Fitness Center last Tuesday.

PRINCETON — The gradual return to operations for local health and fitness centers has met with a solid response from the public.

Princeton Health & Fitness Center Director Chris Worley said, “We’re taking temperatures at the door, having hand sanitizing stations in the building and ask that they wear masks, but we leave that to the members to decide since masks can affect breathing and vision.”

In addition, he said the PH&FC is requiring social distancing to the point of closing every other fitness station as well as posting signs to that effect.

“We’re operating at 40 percent of max capacity according to the fire codes. We are limiting group exercise classes to 20 people and limiting the number of people at our pool to 25 at a time in accordance with the Governor’s guidelines,” Worley said.

The center, he added, is employing extra people during business hours to sanitize equipment, stair rails and other parts of the building.

The PH&FC is closing earlier to allow for people to be employed in sanitizing activities.

As for CrossFit of Princeton, owner Mark Thomason said,”We opened on May 18. We’re using sanitizers, cleaning equipment before and after each use and have taped off areas to be used by only one person at a time.”

He added that mask use and social distancing guidelines are also being followed.

Chris Gamallo, who co-owns Death by CrossFit with his wife April Gamallo, said they reopened for business on May 18.

“It was short notice, but we’re doing our best that we can. We’re implementing individual stations for each class where we have certain pieces of equipment for each client’s needs,” he said.

The business, he added, is offering more classes due to interest. Classes are being offered at 5:30 a.m., noon, 4:30 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 6 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.

“We’re starting our seventh year in business and we’re grateful for the community support which we’ve received now and then. We’ve gained a lot of new members and every class has been filled to maximum allowable capacity,” he said.

A big factor in that, he added, was a social media campaign by his wife which kept people active and the community involved during the shutdown.

As for Anytime Fitness, owner Melanie Protti-Lawrence said the business opened on May 19.

“We require our members to answer health questions and have their temperatures taken. They are also handed a bottle of sanitizer to spray down everything they touch and a bleached,sanitized towel for their own use only,” she said.

To meet social distancing requirements, she said, AF removed some equipment and relocated the rest. In addition, water fountains and bathroom access has been shut down

“We’re getting a wide ranging fog machine soon to spray down the facility, plus a third full-time employee to help clean the facility,” she said.

The business is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and is seeking new members.

Jeff Harvey is a freelance reporter and columnist for the Princeton Times. Contact him at 

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