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Like gyms and workout centers around Davis, Schaal Aquatics Center on the UC Davis campus is closed due to the coronavirus. Owen Yancher/Enterprise photo

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As nationwide shutdown intensifies, local gyms suspend offerings

Weekend directives from California Governor Gavin Newsom — repeated again by the former San Francisco mayor on Monday night — induced a domino effect that has many local gyms announcing temporary shutdowns.

One of the last student fitness centers in the University of California system to do so, the UC Davis Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) announced late Monday night that its doors would be closed effective Tuesday, March 17.

UCD officials said that shuttered until further notice will be all arms of Campus Recreation, including Davis’ student fitness center on the UCD Medical Center campus in Sacramento, all Outdoor Adventures activities, sports clubs, recreation sports, the UCD marching band and all aquatics programs. Davis’ Schaal Aquatics Center had been closed last week following UCD intercollegiate athletics’ announcement that it would be suspending the seasons of all spring sports.

In a social-media storm Monday, a handful of local gyms also communicated their intent to close, at least temporarily, in an effort to limit transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

365体育投注Longtime Davisite Yijie Ge is a founding partner of Davis Strength and Conditioning, which recently relocated to a larger space on L Street after years on Spafford Court in East Davis. He says his gym will be closed the next several days and likely have shortened hours moving forward.

Davis High and UCD graduate Josh Reese, another local gym owner, posted online that Performance 22 will cease operations through March 22. Reese and another one of P22’s coaches, Sam Werth, intend to post workout plans on social media for their clients to track amid the shutdown.

Sevgi Leno, the owner of Balance Point, a popular downtown pilates studio on Fifth Street also announced intentions to close through March 29 in an Instagram post on Sunday.

Fourth-year managerial economics student Stephen Fallon works as a personal trainer and fitness-center attendant at the ARC. He says the Campus Rec team has been phenomenal over the last several weeks, managing social distancing and keeping equipment constantly clean for gym users.

“Our (assistant director) Reed Phinisey has been really on top of this coronavirus situation,” Fallon says, adding that his colleagues had more than doubled up on their usual sanitizing efforts.

“We even bought an industrial sanitizing machine,” Fallon adds.

365体育投注However, Fallon and many other fitness workers face uncertainty in coming days, as extended closures could mean large layoffs.

“We’re thankful because our bosses informed us we’ll be getting paid some for our time we were scheduled to work,” Fallon says. “And a lot of students depend on those wages.”

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365体育投注“We don’t know if we’re going to lose our jobs or keep them, since the ARC doesn’t know if we’ll be open or not,” Fallon says.

Ge, the associate head coach of this past fall’s Delta League champion Davis High football team, provided some recommendations for those looking to stay in shape as athletics grind to a halt over what may be the next several weeks:

“Nothing wrong with running and sprinting outside, while practicing social distancing,” Ge said. “Add in body-weight movements like push ups, squats and lunges to make a circuit-style workout.”

For those lacking any kind of weight equipment, the UCD exercise biology graduate, who holds a master’s in kinesiology from St. Mary’s College, says water jugs work great. Cans of food and large bags of dog chow are solid dumbbell substitutes as well.

Notes: Prior to suspending operations, CrossFit Davis loaned out sanitized workout equipment to its members on March 10. Other local fitness centers that have reported plans to close or already have done so include: Rocknasium (through April 1), Davis Aquatic Masters, Get Fit Davis and its sister site Get Fit Davis Sport, Fit House (March 29) and YoloCrossFit (March 31).

— Reach Owen Yancher at [email protected] Follow him via Twitter at @530athletics.

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