Miami ‘gym rats’ push through COVID-19 pandemic
MIAMI – Natalia Pereira said going to the gym to face the risks of the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t crazy because not doing so would drive her mad. Gyms in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood remained open on Monday morning despite public health officials’ warning that social distancing is a powerful measure against the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. The American College of Sports Medicine is referring personal trainers, exercise physiologists and fitness professionals who are worried about the pandemic to follow the CDC guidelines, which include social distancing. It is definitely easier to follow the social distancing guidelines issued by both the CDC and the World Health Organization when you are exercising outdoors. Teresa Smith, who is a breast cancer survivor and suffers from osteoporosis, said she always enjoys her early morning walks on Brickell Key.
Controversy continues regarding Dolphins owner's fundraiser for Trump
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. - News of a planned fundraiser Friday night for President Donald Trump at Dolphins owner Stephen Ross' home in Southampton, New York, have caused a ripple effect throughout South Florida. Clients of luxury fitness brands Equinox and Soul Cycle, which are both owned by Ross, weighed in Thursday on the controversy. "I follow all of our instructors on social media," Soul Cycle customer Maggie Pequeno said. "I think it's disappointing, mainly because Equinox and Soul Cycle pander so heavily to the LBGT community," Equinox customer Alex Kahn said. In response to the backlash, Ross issued a statement Wednesday, saying he's known Trump for 40 years and they don't always agree.