How Gyms are Bracing for the Future of Fitness | WSJ

How Gyms are Bracing for the Future of Fitness | WSJ

How might the coronavirus pandemic transform the fitness industry? To find out, WSJ spoke with the CEO of Planet Fitness, an independent gym owner, and an industry analyst to learn about what we can expect for the future of fitness.

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50 Comments

  1. Richard Gavel on August 28, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    My gym (requires mask) is pretty full, at least in the areas centered around resistance training. There are a few people doing cardio work, mainly because it’s been nice outside and people would rather not do cardio with a mask.



  2. levi Jimoh on August 28, 2021 at 11:31 pm

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  3. Exoress Delivers on August 28, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    3 years from now all of this will start to fade in memory like a plucked rose. This is because all the ‘experts’ are saying this is the new normal. The experts failed to predict Covid, 9-11, the tech meltdown. Whatever they say expect the opposite. Invest in gym stocks, restaurant stocks, etc., now!



  4. Daniel fisher on August 28, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    Destroying a health, fitness and wellness industry. This is a government we let control us



  5. Ronilo Kristopher Bonacua on August 28, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    Thats why I halfway done building my own home gym. Eventually the pandemic will dial down to a safe level and my go to gym will reopen but until then Im gonna grind at my turf. 💪🏾



  6. Christie A. on August 28, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    I’m so sad 24 hour fitness went out of business where I live. They were my favorite gym!! 😩



  7. Amit das on August 28, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    TY 😃



  8. tuan (Ivan) Do on August 28, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    I cancel my gym membership and set up my home gym. It will definitely impact their business as the pandemic drags on.



  9. J M on August 28, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    5:54 Hes gonna have a huge debt… and hes 74 years old… thats the financial system in a nutshell.



  10. Blue Sky on August 28, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    Let me work out. If I die from Covid, so it be. Better than dying of obesity.



  11. SUPER SOUL on August 28, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    My recipes can help you lose weight without having to follow these ridiculous covid guidelines



  12. ummuser on August 28, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    5:30 the way he wears his mask is part of the reason he can’t get back to normal operation soon. If you don’t cover your mouth (or your nose) there’s next to no point of having it on. And masks aren’t soundproof last I checked



  13. KING G on August 28, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    Those public gyms are not kept up with when it comes to cleanliness, especially 24 hour gym and LA Fitness. I’m glad they are closing, perhaps we might get a gym chain that is better at keeping it clean for the public.



  14. Nicholas Whiteley on August 28, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    Don’t see anything resembling much more than what I observe by looking out the window…. click bait



  15. Kris k on August 28, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    We have no restrictions at our gym, open to everyone no social distancing no masks and have no had a issue with covid. Few people have got it and not a big deal over it and right back to the gym



  16. MK Ultra on August 28, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    Gyms should have never closed. Having a strong immune system helps you fight the virus



  17. arrowmouse on August 28, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    Our local gym was packed the first day they reopened it, people are keen to get back.



  18. Stephen N on August 28, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    How? Huge debt. Saved you time.



  19. D Mac on August 28, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    I have gotten accustomed to working out at home. In the summer months, I worked out in the backyard with resistance bands, jump rope and rotating pushup handles. It was fun, I spent time outdoors in the sun and air. Now as we hit the colder months, working out at home doesn’t feel as fun, but it will suffice until I feel comfortable going back.

    I’ll say this, the calisthenics based trainers and fitness types probably stayed in good shape both physique and business wise provided parks weren’t closed in their area.And guys like James Grage of Undersun Fitness probably saw an increase in the sales of his resistance bands and band based fitness programs. In many ways he is ahead of the curve since he was pushing band centric fitness well before covid



  20. Sweet Science Boxing Gym on August 28, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    Thanks for the stimulus .



  21. Buckdodgers1906 on August 28, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    F*&K all this S*&T!!! I won’t be going back to a gym ever again. Not worth it anymore. I can get a better workout in my home and at the Park and not have to deal with this BS.



  22. Sagacious Eagle on August 29, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Feeding myself with nutritious food and exercising using a pair of dumbbells and a pull-up bar works just fine for me. Never been sick since the pandemic started.



  23. Vinny Highstrung on August 29, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Lol…New York is a socialist dictatorship….gyms shut down in the South for 6 weeks. Been back up and running since the first of May.



  24. Benjamin Nguyen on August 29, 2021 at 12:01 am

    Gym are dinosaur. They are going extinct.



  25. Moto Halo on August 29, 2021 at 12:03 am

    Zero revenue? How much you made in the past? rip off hundreds of thoudsands of people. now it is tiime to pay your cost!!!!!!!



  26. Zachary Mitchell on August 29, 2021 at 12:03 am

    Money. I’m good at that



  27. choi bee on August 29, 2021 at 12:03 am

    the future of gyms are the home gym. commercial gym not gonna do well for a lomg time



  28. Haitham Mogherbi on August 29, 2021 at 12:04 am

    Ms. O’Brien should try to review how to use articles (a/an/the) when speaking and also review the subject of subject verb agreement.



  29. Adam R on August 29, 2021 at 12:05 am

    Ah, THAT peloton commercial…



  30. T D on August 29, 2021 at 12:06 am

    The over leveraged and generalists will lose, the specialists will survive. The adopters to digital technology (beach body, apple fitness, youtube) will acquire the largest slice of fitness based revenue.



  31. Contending for The Faith on August 29, 2021 at 12:06 am

    w.e.l.c.o.m.e. t.o. t.h.e. e.n.d. o.f. t.h.e. w.o.r.l.d.



  32. Yoo Wat on August 29, 2021 at 12:10 am

    Don’t go into these comments there are so many idiots who think running on a treadmill will cure you of COVID



  33. Jeramy Davin on August 29, 2021 at 12:10 am

    >Obesity is largest factor contributing to coronavirus deadliness
    >US closes gyms
    >cases go up
    >US: surprised pikachu face



  34. Reeve H on August 29, 2021 at 12:11 am

    Let’s be honest these rules are so dumb and make no sense



  35. Jay Goonetilleka on August 29, 2021 at 12:12 am

    WSJ thank you for doing a story about my former 42nd street Boxing gym rival boxing Gelason’s, with zero revenue coming and expense starts to hit a tool on Mr. Gelasons personal financial debt obligations.

    I hate to see my old rival boxing gym dying on our watch with about 7,000 boutique fitness studios in the Big Apple. PLEASE give Gelasons boxing chance to show and a boxing fighting chance to survive
    this Wuhan virus. Cheers from Oklahoma, I was former NYC Golden Glove Boxer, now I dig financial to feed my family.



  36. Kyphong Nguyen on August 29, 2021 at 12:14 am

    everyone is quitting gyms and doing home workouts.



  37. mrsdf2009 on August 29, 2021 at 12:14 am

    What’s up with Planet Fitness CEO speech speed?



  38. Synecdoche on August 29, 2021 at 12:14 am

    Planet fitness is not a gym



  39. Sky Changes on August 29, 2021 at 12:15 am

    Complete stupidity. If youre working out to be healthy.. wearing a mask cancels that out



  40. verfed on August 29, 2021 at 12:15 am

    There will be no future of fitness that has anything to do with this insanely blown out of proportion virus. Stop trying to make covid happen, it’s not going to happen.



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  42. WeeLee on August 29, 2021 at 12:17 am

    Future of fitness? Phrasing it like it’s a permanent change -_-



  43. Sergio Luna on August 29, 2021 at 12:18 am

    It’s sad to see that a lot of people don’t really care about gyms shutting down. I see a lot of the "oh well" mentality when it comes to this. Truth is that while it may be "fun" or recreational time for the average person, to those who own gyms this is our entire life. I started my own business at 23yrs old. With no real job opportunities despite going to a Big Ten University , I decided to take a big risk in owning a gym. To lose it all after 5 years of work would be life changing. Lucky for us we are a private gym and bounced back from COVID so far but I know others aren’t so lucky. I guess what I’m saying is a bit of empathy goes a long way. Gyms may be fun time for you but it’s a livelihood to others.



  44. Kapil Dev Tiwari on August 29, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Walk to Nature will make People Fit.



  45. sda123 on August 29, 2021 at 12:20 am

    We will look back on this virus scare and wonder why we ruined a great economy. It will be in history books



  46. Vic on August 29, 2021 at 12:20 am

    Strangely, as the owner of Gleason’s says he doesn’t want to get sick, his mask doesn’t cover his nose in one clip and his mask is completely off his face while he talks in the clip right after: 5:48



  47. KMG Ventures on August 29, 2021 at 12:26 am

    I have been back to my gym the day it re-opened and been there nearly everyday since! I will continue to go everyday as I have been for 20+ years. Stay safe and STAY HEALTHY!!



  48. Andrew Durand on August 29, 2021 at 12:27 am

    Why is it so important for people to "brace for the future" due to the virus? This is a blip in history. Nothing indicates otherwise. Chill the f out.



  49. Ten Beh on August 29, 2021 at 12:27 am

    dude it’s dumb to get into $200,000 debt to stay afloat while you might never recover or become debt-free again.



  50. Lori Cooke on August 29, 2021 at 12:28 am

    If I have to wear a mask, I won’t be working out there. Not all covid deaths are due to are covid…hospitals want that cash