Lansing gyms slower to recover than some pandemic-addled businesses

Marcia Mahoney has been a member of the Lansing YMCA for five years and faithfully works out at the Westside location three times a week.

So when COVID-19 arrived, she had to get creative.

During the peak of the pandemic, Mahoney kept up with her fitness routine by cycling outdoors and using the calisthenic equipment at Sharp Park in Waverly. Still, when the YMCA reopened last year, she was glad to be back.

“I just like being around people,” she said. “I work out better when I’m around people.”

Gyms were among the businesses hardest-hit by the pandemic, due in part to members who invested in at-home equipment or learned to exercise in isolation — some for good. And while many, like Mahoney, are eagerly returning to gyms, many locations still aren’t seeing the membership numbers they did before March 2020.

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