Gyms seek help as rent bills, pandemic threaten decimation

Members of New York City’s fitness industry say they’re on the verge of collapse without assistance after seventeen months entirely shut or operating under restrictions as the pandemic rages on. 

The city’s fitness club owners and operators are asking for federal aid as Covid-19 variants spread and business is slow to rebound. More than 300 companies, including The Fhitting Room Holding Company, Barry’s and CrossFit, wrote to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer Wednesday requesting a portion of the $25 billion of funds recently allocated to the Small Business Committee in the federal budget framework. Schumer, a Democrat, represents New York.

“We are on the verge of collapse,” the

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