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Most indoor gyms have been closed since mid-March 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated public health orders. A few have re-opened because they have enough space to move their equipment outdoors. Many people have also turned to parks and trails for workouts, while some have even resorted to using children's play areas, resulting in a "Battle for Playgrounds."
In this article, Alex Hutchinson writes about home fitness systems and their growing popularity as a result of gym closures and people's desire to continue their workout routines. Hutchinson highlights discusses various home fitness options, including Peloton which has become a household name in part due to its many TV commercials. Peloton's main product is a stationary bicycle that allows monthly subscribers to remotely participate in classes led by celebrity fitness instructors that are streamed from the company's fitness studio. With more and more people exercising at home and getting used to the idea, gyms may have a hard time regaining their devotees, even when they are allowed to re-open. .