Pee Dee fitness centers ready for New Year’s resolution season amid COVID-19

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FLORENCE, S.C. (WBTW) — Fitness centers in the Pee Dee are ready to handle a potential influx of people trying to get fit in the new year.

“We actually saw our membership usage pick up a little bit in the fall,” said Brian New, the CEO of the Florence Family YMCA. “And we’re hoping that continues into the new year with the new year’s resolutions.”

New said historically, usage picks up around 50% after the new year. He said that whatever this year brings, they’re armed with COVID protocols to keep gym-goers safe.

“We have been doing the every other machine available, spreading machines out where we can, limiting the number of people in the aerobics rooms and the spin classes and we’ll continue that and will be making sure all of the equipment is wiped down before and after use,” he said.

Meanwhile, Flow Town Yoga on Dargan Street is taking a different approach to the start of the year. It’s temporarily called off group, indoor classes in light of surging COVID cases.

“I’m going to miss on the most successful of the year when it comes to revenue for a fitness or wellness facility,” said Veronica Robertson, the owner. “But I feel it’s the right decision.”

In the meantime, the studio will offer outdoor group classes if the weather is warm enough, online classes and some one-on-one lessons.

“You got to do it at your comfort level,” said Kevin Mitchell, the director of the McLeod Health and Fitness Center.

Mitchell said it’s important to get active, no matter how.

“Maybe the new year’s resolutions are February,” he said. “Maybe they’re March. But I still think we’re going to have an influx, but I think it’ll be a little bit of a delay before we have that real big push to get back at it.”

If someone doesn’t feel comfortable yet going into a gym or yoga studio, online classes, walking outside, eating well and taking moments for yourself are also ways to work on wellness.

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