These Social Distancing Gym Pods Are Reminding People of Joe From Netflix’s You

Emily Tannenbaum

One gym in California is hoping its social distancing pods will bring customers back as the country reopens—but people on Twitter aren’t feeling such welcoming vibes.

According to Business Insider, Inspire South Bay Fitness reopened on Monday, June 15, for group classes and personal training only, cutting their usual class sizes from 24 to nine. For each class, members get their temperature checked, use hand sanitizer, and are placed in their own 6'x10' workout pod made out of shower curtains and PVC pipes. The back and top of the pod are left open.

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The idea came after customers struggled to breathe while working out with masks. “Our clients are loving it,” gym owner Peet Sapsin told Business Insider

According to one Yelp review, all that was missing from their typical workout was the “hi-fives.” “The Inspire team did a fantastic job of providing a safe social distanced workout,” the reviewer wrote. “Individual workout pods set up with everything you need for the class. Sanitizer for you and the equipment. Only thing missing from pre-Covid was the hi-fives.” 

However, not everyone is convinced. “If the air conditioning/ventilation is common for the entire area of the gym, then these plastic sheets are pretty much useless,” one Twitter user claimed. “It’s like being in the ‘non-peeing’ section of a swimming pool.”

Aside from commenters who are confused about the level of protection against COVID-19 with the top and one side completely open, many people on Twitter were just plain creeped out. 

“Who runs this gym??? Joe Goldberg????” TV writer Maya Houston tweeted. 

Houston might be onto something there, but we all know Joe Goldberg from Netflix’s You gets his exercise in by running six feet behind his latest stalking victim. I guess that also counts as social distancing?!

Even You showrunner Sera Gamble weighed in, tweeting a GIF of season two’s Love staring in at Joe from outside his plexiglass cage. 

Ultimately, many businesses are grappling with ways to reopen after months of closures reaped significant financial distress. “If we had to shut down for two more months, I don’t think we could have reopened,” Sapsin said.

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