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Local gyms offering online, at home workouts during COVID-19 outbreak

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Gyms are trying to help people stay active and pass the time while they're stuck at home among the COVID-19 outbreak.

One local studio isn't completely shutting down and still helping clients break a sweat through live workouts on Facebook.

The Barre Code in Milwaukee's Third Ward closed Monday, March 16, but began the online classes on Tuesday.

"We're just so glad that we're able to keep in touch with everyone," Owner Betsy Williamson said. "It's such an isolating and scary time and this is something that is fun, healthy and active that we can all do together."

The Barre Code would usually hold seven in-person classes per day, now they're doing around two workouts online daily. Given the circumstances, Williamson said the change has been fun and rewarding.

"We can see people joining the group and commenting as we're teaching and after we're teaching, so it's just been really great," she said. We're seeing a lot of names we know of people that would normally be in our classes at that time anyway, so just great to see we're keeping everybody active, sane and happy during this time."

Other gyms are also making similar changes. The owner of Iron Fist Fitness in Wauwatosa said he's had to cancel group classes, but is still doing personal training and online programs.

"We can build out a four, six or twelve week program for a client based on the equipment they have at their home," Owner Shannon Vick said.

Other boutique gyms in Milwaukee including Spire Fitness and Shred415 East Side are also providing people with at home workouts.

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