How COVID-19-Inspired Home Workouts Could Decimate the Gym Industry


When the shelter-in-place order went out in March, John Passaro and his fiancé, Megan Soll, began building their home gym. He wanted a Peloton bike, and she wanted a Mirror, which offers a wider variety of on-demand home workouts. So they decided to buy both, along with a set of adjustable Bowflex dumbbells, a weight bench, and foam-backed rubber matting for the floor.

As they settled into their new workout routines, Passaro began most days with 30 minutes on the Peloton. Afterward he’d use Centr, the Chris Hemsworth approved fitness app, for resistance training.

Passaro has a longstanding membership at his local gym in Hoboken, NJ. But soon after launching the new at-home program, his weight began falling. He’s down about 10 pounds, and he hopes to lose another 10. But he’ll do it at home….

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