Native health club closures due to pandemic, newest in Hershey

Local gym closures because of pandemic, latest in Hershey

HERSHEY, PA (WHTM) – Coronavirus has forced businesses to close and gyms have been hardest hit. The newest victim – Power Train Gym in Hershey. It will be closed on October 16th. Then all gym memberships expire. This follows the closure of Fitness U on Strawberry Square and Iron Fit Gym in Lititz.

Power Train Gym posted a letter to its members on its Facebook page saying the pandemic had forced them to close their doors for good.

"They are doing everything they can to keep it safe, but after a four month shutdown you can't recover from it. Most people don't have a six month money window and we expect companies to do this. I just find it sad," said Crystal Boudreau, Member of the Power Train Gym.

The gym reopened in June after having closed since March after Governor Tom Wolf ordered all non-essential businesses to be closed. The company's lease with Derry Township and the Derry Township School District is renewable on October 31st. According to the gym, the three parties failed to reach an agreement. Many say they are finding that the fitness industry has been particularly hard hit by this pandemic and that fewer people have been exercising.

“It's less than it used to be, but more than some places like I've been to a couple of gyms that no one wants to go back to, and this one they still want to work out in, so now it's going to have to make an effort. I know some kids can come here and take a walk here. So it will be an effort to find someone to take them to another or they will have to switch, ”said Boudreau.

Power Train has 18 facilities in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia. The majority is in Pennsylvania.

“I will be ready to go to Palmyra. I will accept my membership, keep it and move with you and my trainer, ”said Boudreau.

We have been advised that this closure will have no impact on the other Power Train facilities.