BANGOR – Gyms were initially included in Stage 2 of Governor Mills’ re-opening plan, marking Monday as the day they could open.
But a couple weeks ago the governor pushed the date back. When All Around Fitness owner, Travis Adams, heard the news he decided to open anyway, defying the governor’s orders. Adams said if he didn’t open his gym he would have risked losing it.
All Around Fitness opened its doors at 5 a.m. Monday with several social distancing and safety protocols in place.
Only 35 people are allowed in the gym at a time, members must fill out a COVID-19 waiver and questionnaire upon entering and are handed a bottle of cleaning spray to clean equipment before and after use.
Adams has closed the sauna, showers, water fountains and studio. The gym is not holding group classes in the gym but is holding outdoor group sessions.
As of 6 p.m. Monday no one from the City of Bangor or state have stopped by to take legal action.
“I’m not so much afraid of the legal ramifications my concern is the members for them this gym means a lot to a lot of people any gym to any member means a lot,” Adams said.
The gym means the world to most of his members, including new ones
Andy Guenther recently joined the gym as a personal trainer after moving to Maine from New Jersey. A body builder, Guenther says finding a home away from home can go as far as saving a life, as it did for him.
“My mom and dad are in a better place right now, (it) leading me into drinking and I was never happy with myself never thought I could be good enough but like I said I’m here now and it’s time to stop looking back and look forward,” Guenther said.
For more information on the gym you can visit its Facebook page.