"My name is Sasha and I have been a member at OTF Royal Oak since August 2020. I joined with the encouragement of my dear friend/long-time OTF fanatic Mike D. because I wanted to take my cardio and strength training to the next level. I started off in the outdoor classes and was instantly impressed by the OTF staff's meticulous and rigorous implementation of health & safety measures. When indoor classes were allowed to resume, I felt confident about returning to working out in such a setting because of the staff’s proven care and concern for the members.
Being able to come to OTF every day and be warmly welcomed into the community have not only transformed my physical capabilities and appearance but also benefited my mental health during these strange (and often bleak) times. Because of OTF, I have been able to safely maintain a semblance of normalcy and even developed an unprecedented love of rowing & significantly boosted my running mileage capacity in a matter of a few months — all while wearing a mask! Barring any preexisting medical issues, I encourage everyone to take the first step back into their fitness journeys knowing that OTF is well-equipped and prepared to securely welcome you back."
"I have been a Member with OTF Birmingham since September of 2019. The fact that OTF is open means I’m able to get back to my pre-covid routine. I returned to OTF to keep reaching my fitness goals! I appreciate all of the steps the staff are taking to keep me safe with the new health and safety changes since reopening. I’ve had the opportunity to witness these measures first hand and they are working hard to make sure Members are safe and feel comfortable coming back. If you’re hesitant to get into the gyms, I would say to give it a chance! Comes in a few minutes early, take with the staff, ask any questions you have and see what you think. Having built relationships with most of the coaches and staff, I firmly believe they are doing everything possible to keep everyone safe. Also remember that staff have their own loved ones they want to stay safe for! As much as they work hard to keep us Members sage, they are doing this so they can feel comfortable returning home to their loved ones and minimizing putting them as risk."
"I am the Head Coach of our OTF Birmingham Studio and I am a Regional Trainer for the state of Michigan. Overall I’ve been with OTF for four years and apart of the Birmingham family since April 2017! Taking part in the new safety measures we’ve put into place since reopening, I feel extremely comfortable with the safety changes. We take all the necessary measures and precautions to give our Members the safest experience. I not only feel safe coaching but taking class as an OTF lover as well! I believe that Members feel the way I do about our safety changes and that they are satisfied with our new processes. Everyone has the right to choose for themselves what makes them feel safe and what works for me may not work for someone else. OTF Birmingham truly is my home away from home. Our entire staff are an extension of my family. Being open provides me the opportunity to do what I love and participate in my favorite workout. Working out is apart of my lifestyle and being able to do it while feeling safe is the biggest win for me. I am so happy we are open and bringing #MoreLife to all our amazing Members."
"Working out and maintaining an active lifestyle has always been a part of my life and daily routine. Like everyone else, the shelter in place order decreased my activity level and I quickly noticed other negative impacts in just the first couple of weeks of not having Planet Fitness open. I immediately felt overwhelmed by what was happening around me and my metal health decreased. I found new ways to stay active at home and like many others, I purchased some fitness equipment so I can maintain my routine at home. Although my workouts at home achieved my goal of staying active, it certainly was not the same experience I missed so much.
Going to the gym each morning gives my day more purpose. I look forward to seeing my club and catching up with team members off hours, while getting a workout in and socializing with our members.
When we opened in September, our members and staff quickly adapted to our new protocols. I have had so many people tell me how they feel safer at the gym than they do at the grocery store! This tells me we are doing a great job enforcing our new polices and keeping the clubs clean and sanitized. I am so happy to see that so many people are prioritizing their health and are comfortable coming back into Planet Fitness.
I encourage everyone to visit their local gym and see for themselves, I promise you won’t be disappointed!"
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