MISSOULA – Fitness centers across the country are still navigating their reopening with all the new protocol.
For a popular gym chain in our area, the updated loan settings have helped them and their members get back on their feet.
With 6 locations across Montana and one in Coeur d’Alene, Fuel Fitness prides itself on its accessibility to people around the world.
It also means that when the pandemic hit it didn’t hit just one, but all 7 locations of Fuel Fitness.
“With seven different counties and then seven different ways of interpreting the regulations, it’s definitely been a challenge during this time,” said Josh Cary, CEO of Fuel Fitness.
General Manager Josh Cary thought the shutdown would last 2-3 weeks, but over time his team knew there was no choice but to apply for a loan.
A loan which, according to him, was full of twists and turns.
“So the PPP loan… When it first came out, there were a lot of parameters that weren’t clear, like using 75% of payroll and then paying it back over a two-year period. the gyms were closed so we couldn’t spend 75% of the loan, ”Cary said.
Fortunately, the wage protection program loan requirements were adjusted nationally on June 5.
That day, businesses across the country, like Fuel Fitness, sighed with relief.
And now, long after they reopen, hearing those dumbbells touch the ground, seeing the heart rates go up, is a welcoming sight for Fuel Fitness sites in the area.
“We’re not back to normal yet, but with the ability to open the doors, there are these nuances of normalcy,” Cary said.
“It was amazing to open the doors and all of the people who came back,” said Brenda Pollack, Regional Director of Fuel Fitness. “They were just dizzying with excitement.”
The Pollock team goes the extra mile to keep up with local health orders. It’s not always easy, but it’s worth it.
“We just can’t have another stop,” Pollack said. “It would just be devastating for all of us, for the members and the staff.”
Whether it’s your favorite restaurant, a family store OR your hometown gym, Fuel Fitness says the best thing you can do right now is support your local economy.
“A lot of us are relying on that income, and the gyms were closed for 60 days and it took a long time to recover, so it’s critical that you help them locally,” Cary said.
Daylight saving hours for Fuel FItness in Missoula begin next Monday. At that time, they will resume group fitness classes and daycare activities.