Chicago tightens restrictions on workout class sizes, even as gyms say members aren’t rushing back

Beatrice J. Doty

Gym-goers have been cautiously but steadily returning to health clubs and fitness studios in the 3 1/4 u00bd weeks since those businesses were allowed to let members back in for more than personal training.

But gym operators worry a new 10-person cap on the size of indoor fitness classes, which takes effect Friday, will hamper their efforts to rebuild business after the coronavirus pandemic forced them to close temporarily. More stringent rules for bars that also take effect Friday have prompted some to call it quits for good.

Some fitness clubs and studios were surprised by the more stringent regulations. They’ve already taken precautions like temperature checks and more aggressive cleaning, and in Chicago, members must wear masks during exercise in addition to practicing social distancing.

“We definitely didn’t think we’d be the subject of being pulled back given all the vigilant measures we’re taking,” said David Blitz, CEO of

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20 fitness deals for building your home gym that aren’t sold out

Beatrice J. Doty
20 fitness deals for building your home gym that aren't sold out
20 fitness deals for building your home gym that aren’t sold out

If you’ve been attempting to build out your home gym over the past few months, you’re likely familiar with this term: “Temporarily out of stock.”

If you’re sick and tired of failing to find workout gear that’s actually available and being price-gouged by Craigslist ads, here are some options we found. All available. All on sale.

Cardio equipment for breaking a sweat

Vortex VX3 Fluid Assist® AR Water Rower

Whether you’re a former Orangetheory addict or simply looking for a cardio machine that won’t take up half your space, this commercial-quality rower has your name all over it. You’ll get an awesome, low-impact workout every time, and all you have to do is press a button to take the resistance up a notch or five. The best part? You can typically take it home for a casual $3195,

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