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El Paso gym offers equipment for stay-at-home workouts during virus pandemic


EL PASO, Texas-- With the City of El Paso's announcement of a stay-at-home order, some people are finding other ways to stay active in their homes thanks to a local gym who decided to offer their gym equipment to their members.

"We've been opened for about 7 and a half years so it was very difficult to make the decision to go ahead and close our doors," Said Jonathan Duran, Co-founder of Uncommon Crossfit Gym.

Duran and his high school friend Mike Musshorn put their heart and soul into creating Uncommon Crossfit Gym. Closing their doors was a tough decision.

"Not only from a business aspect but also for our members. For most of them this is kinda place of home away from home," said Duran.

With all membership fees being put on hold, members were quick to offer assistance financially.

"Our members here at Uncommon have been awesome with us many have been asking to continue their membership dont stop them, but in all reality Mike and I feel extremely guilty doing that," said Duran.

In return, both coaches decided to give back to their members as a way to thank them.

"What we did is we offered our members that if they wanted to rent our equipment we would let them. We posted it on our pages. Gave them a time and told them they could take what they wanted," said Duran.

Members who picked up equipment are able to workout from home, and for those who still needed assistance - virtual workouts were provided.

"Our online workouts includes a daily workout not only to anyone who is a member but also anyone else who wants to join in are welcomed to," said Duran.

For Duran, seeing the community come together during these tough times gives him hope for the future of his business.

"We're hoping this will end really soon and we can get back to normal, but yea we felt it was best to close our doors."

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Iris Lopez

Iris Lopez is a weathercaster and reporter for ABC-7.


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