Local fitness studios offer online workouts amid coronavirus outbreak

Posted at 1:01 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-22 18:52:03-04

Fitness studios across the Central Coast are being impacted by the recent outbreak of the coronavirus. Some are making the decision to close their doors indefinitely.

"It's one of the hardest decisions I've probably had to make in a long time," said Robby McLaughlin, owner of Headstrong Fitness in San Luis Obispo.

McLaughlin is closing the doors to Headstrong on Tuesday but plans to be offering online classes to members and non-members of the fitness facility. That means classes will be free.

"It's going to be for members, but we're also going to be putting it out to the public," McLaughlin said. "Everything that we provide online to our members is going to go out to the public as well."

Other gyms, including McAlister Training in San Luis Obispo, started offering live online workouts on Monday. Michael McAlister, the owner of McAlister Training, says those live workouts will also be available as a recording for those who can't join the live version of the workout, and they're completely free of charge.

"Our focus is and has always been our studio family," McAlister said. " So, although this is an incredibly hard time for us all, we're choosing to see it as an opportunity to step up and be there for not only our studio family but for our SLO community as well."

Stephanie Young owns Spark Yoga in San Luis Obispo and has had to make the decision to also turn her hot yoga studio virtual.

Young says offering online workouts to the community was something she had anticipated as a business owner, but she didn't think the coronavirus outbreak would be the reason it would start.

"We just bought a whole bunch of camera equipment not even knowing how we were going to operate them and so we've been going through this learning curve of sound system and lighting," Young said.

A newly opened cycle, yoga, and barre studio in Arroyo Grande called CYB Studios is also providing members with classes while they close their studios to the public.

CYB Studios offers virtual fitness classes

"We all know now that we are an entire family as a county," Young said. "I think this is a really important time to recognize that."

Fitness studios offering online classes:
Headstrong Fitness- Contact for more information on online classes
Spark Yoga- Available for no charge
McAlister Training- Available for no charge
CYB- Click here for more information on classes offered
Equilibrium Fitness for Women is still open to the public, but is also offering online classes for members. Non-members can also have access to online classes for $30.
Pilates Collective SLO
Ignite Booty School- Contact for more information on online classes