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This Is What It’s Like to Open a Fitness Studio During the Pandemic



This Is What It’s Like to Open a Fitness Studio During the Pandemic

While existing gyms and fitness studios around the Boston area reconfigured their business models and existing protocols to meet the demands of the COVID pandemic, AXL—a new spin studio in East Boston—was facing a whole other dilemma. In other words: What do you do when your opening day was supposed to be two weeks after Gov. Baker’s state-wide shutdown went into effect? This was what owners Toby Boice and Sana Kapadia faced just minutes after lugging 28 80-pound bikes up to their brand new studio space in a third floor walk-up on Meridian Street in Eastie.

“I’ll never forget it,” Boice tells me over the phone. “We had just walked down the street to Cunard Tavern, completely exhausted after carrying every bike up to the studio, and watched as Governor Baker announced the shutdowns. It was a very terrifying moment.”… READ MORE @ Boston Magazine

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