Working out during COVID changed gym, exercise habits

One legacy of the COVID-19 pandemic is a shift in the way we choose to stay fit. The shutdown of exercise facilities in the spring of 2020 and the continuing resurgence of COVID-19 variants such as delta and omicron have ushered in a new era of something industry experts call hybrid fitness — a blend of in-person and virtual workouts. 

Think of it as the best of both worlds. 

You can go to the gym when it’s convenient and other days you work out from the comfort of home. Hybrid fitness is not a totally new phenomenon — a decade ago, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, a trade association serving the global health club and fitness industry, reported 67% of people who had a gym membership also had at least one piece of home exercise equipment, but the pandemic has dramatically accelerated the popularity of home fitness.