Gym owner offering free memberships to clients who don’t get vaccinated

New Jersey gym owner created membership incentive after hearing about recent Krispy Kreme promotion

25 Percent of Americans Won't Ever Go Back to the Gym, Survey Reveals.OnePoll on behalf of LIFEAID Beverage Co. surveyed over 2,000 people for the results.Nearly a quarter of Americans said they will avoid gyms post-coronavirus, even if extra precautions are taken.One in three participants said they will go to the gym fewer times then before the pandemic.Gyms are tricky because it's typically hard to maintain social distance and you're in a relatively confined space, Sports medicine specialist Caitlin Lewis, via 'Best Life'.The biggest concern with coronavirus is being in close contact with other people and the exposure to their respiratory droplets, which are usually transmitted through coughing, sneezing or heavy breathing, Sports medicine specialist Caitlin Lewis, via 'Best Life'.The survey adds that home workouts have risen in popularity, with 42 percent feeling more comfortable in a personal setup.For those heading back to the gym, face masks and sanitized equipment are important factors.83 percent said they would feel more secure if everyone at the gym had face coverings.Sixty-two percent believe that wearingmasks at gyms helps to contain the spread of COVID-19.There were some anti-mask findings, with 26 percent saying they would avoid a gym that required one.90 percent said they will make sure others are properly cleaning the equipment.Almost half claimed they would even call a person out for not cleaning effectively

Despite President Joe Biden recently announcing that 100 million Americans are now vaccinated, there are still some who do not subscribe to the idea of a vaccine ensuring one is COVID-19 free.

Ian Smith, owner of The Atilis Gym, is one of those with doubts. He recently decided to offer an incentive at his Bellmawr, New Jersey, fitness center for those who share his sentiments about the various COVID-19 vaccinations. After hearing about the offer national doughnut chain Krispy Kreme issued of free doughnuts to vaccinated customers, Smith is giving away a similar freebie at his gym for those who decline the vaccine.

“In light of @krispykreme giving free donuts for receiving the CVD shot, here at @TheAtilisGym we are giving out free memberships to all who don’t get vaccinated,” Smith wrote Tuesday on Twitter. “We believe in health - the real way - exercise, good diet, plenty of Vitamin D, Zinc, and an environment to destress.

Smith is not alone in his opinion on avoiding the vaccination. As of February, one in three Americans say they’re definitely or probably not getting the COVID-19 vaccine, according to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll. The poll found that while 67% of Americans plan to get vaccinated or have already done so, 15% are certain they won’t and 17% say probably not. Many expressed doubts about the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness.

The gym’s free membership deal brought mixed responses. Smith’s tweet had received more than 4,000 likes and was retweeted 2,000 times by Wednesday evening.

Many of the responses refuted Smith’s opinion that vitamin D could serve as the antidote to the virus that has killed more than 2.7 million people.

Others expressed support for Smith’s incentive to gym patrons. Some said their distrust in the government was reason to avoid the COVID-19 vaccination.