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Gold's Gym, Orangetheory among fitness centers closing for now

Add local gyms to the growing list of businesses that are temporarily closing amid efforts to contain coronavirus.
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Patrick Frampus, left, and Lizzie Ulmer, both of Washington, attend a yoga class at Yoga District, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Washington. The city is closing down all movie theaters and gyms as the nation's capital continues to ramp up its social distancing measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus. "I talked it over with my husband first," said Ulmer, "we decided it might be the last class I come to for a while. I'll take all the recommended precautions like change clothes and take a shower when I get home." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

SAN ANTONIO — As more non-essential businesses and attractions across the country close in order to mitigate the spread of coronavirus and better practice social distancing, fitness centers are following suit. 

Gold's Gym and Orangetheory both say they are closing all "corporate-owned" facilities through the rest of March, with Gold's Gym's closure beginning on Tuesday. In addition, officials with Planet Fitness say their gyms will offer free at-home workouts led by trainers via Facebook Live, unless a gym is in a city or state where closures have been ordered. 

Meanwhile, Lifetime's gyms will close for an unspecified amount of time beginning Tuesday. More on the company's decision can be found here

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