Joey’s Gym for Children has been around for over 30 years! They are unique because they cater to physical fitness for children. Owned by a husband and wife with two children, they are a true mom and pop shop! At Joey’s gym they offer a variety of classes for children in different age groups all in one hour sessions. Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, they have had to adjust to meet current state, county, and city guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus to those most at risk. We had a chance to talk to Ron Smith, current owner of Joey’s gym so that he could tell us a little more about the gym and what they’re doing to ensure the safety of their customers.
Tell me a bit about the history of Joey’s gym.
Joey’s Gym has always been for children. It first opened its doors in September 1987 by a man named Joey. I got a job at the gym working for Joey when I first moved here from Oregon. Then I bought Joey out in 1992 and took ownership. I met my wife Dana at the gym in 1996 and we got married in 1997. We also have two kids, a boy and a girl, so this is a true mom and pop shop in every sense!
What services do you provide?
We have preschool transition classes, gym classes, parent and me classes, and family care classes. We also have birthday parties here which we are currently limiting due to the coronavirus. Right now we are doing Zoom classes and private and semi-private in-gym classes for an extra charge. A lot of families are staying home because they are scared of getting their kids sick which is why we are offering the private classes for an additional charge.
What are you doing to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus in your gym?
We are following all current guidelines and allowing only 50% occupancy of the gym. We are offering online Zoom classes for the children and we are allowing parents to pay a little extra for private classes so they can have the entire gym to themselves.
Do you have any other comments or things you want to promote?
A lot of families that came here when they were little are now bringing their kids here. Pretty much any celebrity with a kid has also been here at one point or another. However, due to the coronavirus quarantine happening during our busiest time of the year, we have been losing money. Families are too afraid to bring their kids and our Zoom classes are operating at 5-10% the amount of what we would normally get in person. Because of this, we have started a GoFundMe page to try and raise money to cover the losses from the last few months. The money raised will go to operating costs including rent and health care, as well as, give us time to adapt to the new social distancing guide lines in order to have smaller classes.