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What's It Like Going To Reopened Indoor Gyms On The Central And South Coast?


Gyms across the Central and South Coast have been reopening their indoor facilities since counties moved into the red tiers earlier this month.

This week, the YMCA in Westlake Village reopened their indoor exercise facilities, after the county’s move down to the red tier earlier this month.

The pool area and changing rooms are still closed.

The Y’s offer more than just a gym facility, they are a family-friendly facility with enrichment classes for kids – many of which have pivoted to outdoor or online classes during the pandemic.

Member Mike says he has kept up his fitness routine with their outdoor stationery cycling classes but says going to the YMCA is a big part of his family life and he’s missed the social contact.

Member Anita is welcoming the reopening of the indoor gym – but prefers her spin classes outdoors now as she loves seeing a view instead of a studio wall.


Michelle Nakamura, the healthy living director at Yarrow Family YMCA in Westlake Village, says getting back inside the gym is something many folks have a level of caution about.

"There's been so much build up to coming back indoors and people are apprehensive about it until they walk in and they actually see it.

"When they see that we have prepared, we have moved the equipment and spaced it out and we have staff cleaning machines. We have all-masks rule in place.

"I can see their faces - they feel safe and they feel comfortable," she told KCLU.

For those not ready to work out indoors just yet, they’re keeping the on-line and outdoor work-outs available.

Caroline won an LA Press Club Award in 2021 for Use Of Sound. However, she started her broadcasting career in the UK, working on both radio and television for the BBC, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism. She moved to Los Angeles in 2013 and is both an American and British citizen. Caroline lives in Agoura Hills with her daughter, and joined the KCLU team in 2020.