Trainer hosts outdoor gym as brick-and-mortar gyms stay closed

Posted at 2:44 PM, May 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-25 20:08:44-04

NORFOLK, Va. -- Inphinity Fitness is a gym with no walls, ceiling or interior lights, just fresh air and daylight. That is because it is an outdoor gym set up along Norfolk's Colonial Place Greenway.

"I’m a big fan of evolving, evolution and always growing," Jamal Jones told News 3.

Jones is the trainer, owner and CEO of Inphinity Fitness. His business is still open when brick-and-mortar gyms closed theirs due to the coronavirus pandemic.

His clients who attend his outdoor gym know to not expect the workout machines one may find at a regular gym.

"Usually they would go to a gym that they may have been going to for the past couple of years to fill in those blanks," Jones said. "So, that’s always a little bit challenging in terms of people with goals."

It was a challenge for Elaina Hennessy, one of Jones' clients. She has attended Inphinity Fitness for four years.

"I was used to going into the gym every day," Hennessy said, "using machines and equipment and kind of focusing on the strength training."

Jones trains his clients with his set of weights, equipment and personalized workouts. Hennessy's training consisted of a run and push-ups -- one set with free weights -- among other exercises.

"It’s been a nice switch, but it was definitely a mental adjustment I had to take internally," Hennessy said.

His clients can rest assure that Jones follows social distancing orders. Workout mats are roughly six feet across; some had a greater distance.

After each workout, Jones wipes down his equipment with sanitizing solution.

"It’s been nice. It’s been a great transition," Hennessy said. "Of course I’ll still love to go to gyms and kind of get that heavy lifting session."

As for Jones, his hope is, "if we could come out of this stronger than we went in and that’s definitely a blessing."

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Inphinity Fitness operates from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Interested clients can chose from a 30-minute session for $30 or an hour for $60. Inphinity Fitness' website states discounts are available.

Jones is currently limiting his sessions to six clients per session. That is less than the state-mandated social gathering restriction that permits at most 10 people. He said people can wear a face mask if they prefer.

The gym is set up on the north end of Colonial Place Greenway, across the street from 4601 Mayflower Road in Norfolk. More information can be found on Inphinity Fitness' website.

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