BANGOR – In just six months, Travis Adams, has made significant improvements to All Around Fitness, formerly known as Union Street Athletics.
Improvements that may soon be lost for good.
“Talking to other small gyms around here we knew that if we couldn’t open up our doors in June then we’re going to lose everything,” the All Around Fitness owner said.
Adams has decided to go against Gov. Mills’ order and open the gym June 1st.
“So I’d rather take that chance of going to jail possibly saving the gym or not opening up and then lose everything,” Adams said.
For about a week most gym owners have been conducting small group workouts or one-on-one training with the idea they’d be able to fully reopen June 1st.
Tuesday, Gov. Mills announced gym owners would not be able to open their facilities on the original June 1st date.
All Around Fitness has been holding group sessions and one-on-one training, but it’s not enough to keep the gym open in the long run.
Adams says he would have been able to safely open June 1st, even before the date was pushed. All Around Fitness will be only allowing 35 people into the gym at a time.
All Around Fitness got the number from retail store restrictions. All Around Fitness is a 13,000 square foot facility, which would allow 35 people in it at a time. The state has not released capacity limits for gyms and fitness centers.
Every member will have to fill out a waiver when they enter the gym. The waiver asks several questions including but not limited to if the member has a dry cough, has a fever, etc.
If a member has a fever he or she will be asked not to come to the gym for 14 days.
High touch areas will also be sanitized regularly and before and after equipment use.
All Around Fitness will keep its showers and sauna closed and will tape off its water fountains.
“We’ve pulled all of our towels behind the desk, we don’t just have towels floating around. We pulled magazines off magazine racks we don’t have any paper floating around so as far as far as things like that go we’re very proactive,” All Around Fitness business operations manager, Paula Hatch, said.
Adams, a longtime Union Street Athletics member, bought the gym in November 2019 and rebranded it as All Around Fitness.
“Never left it I stayed here the entire time. I have a lot invested here. It’s always been a big part of my life,” Adams said.
He installed turf and TRX straps, refurbished the yoga studio and spaced out equipment in order to keep the gym clean.
“What it was lacking was the functional area my vision was something for the CrossFit people,” All Around Fitness owner, Travis Adams, said.
Adams said his vision was to offer something for everyone. He says his decision to open and defy the governor’s order was in part to stand up for small businesses and give his members a chance to return to their second home.
“Obviously a gym becomes more like a family and your members you know you see them repeatedly so seeing them back you know we’ve had a lot of positive posts but it’s different than being in the facility,” Hatch said.
All Around Fitness added it wished the state gave it a list of additional and more detailed guidelines geared towards gyms and fitness centers.
It says it’s tried numerous times to get clarification from the state on rules and regulations pertaining to gyms and fitness centers reopening, but hasn’t gotten a clear answer.
The gym is still offering outdoor group classes and one-on-one training. For more information visit its Facebook page.