As the COVID-19 outbreak continues across America, businesses are finding ways to interact with their customers online in hopes of continuing to provide their services.
That is never more evident than at Freedom Fitness in Morristown.
Located at 5063 W. Andrew Johnson Hwy, Freedom Fitness made the decision to close down the inside of their gym to customers two weeks ago. Now, Freedom Fitness has gone online, hosting their classes virtually in the hopes to continue business as usual.
“We are going by the guidelines with Gov. (Bill) Lee and are currently shut down,” Owner Gretchen Zablocki said. “So now, Monday through Friday we offer online classes that people can join in on.”
Using Facebook Live and Zoom, Freedom Fitness is scheduling at least two classes a day, with Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s being their busiest days. Classes are for adults, any age, but they also have kids’ classes that are every Monday and Friday at 10:30 a.m. Other classes include cardio conditioning, circuit, abs, “Jesus floor time” and “anxious for nothing” Bible study. The classes range from around 30 minutes to an hour.
Zablocki said that their Facebook Live videos have reached hundreds of people so far. In some of their Zoom classes, kids have been joining their moms to do the classes as well.
“With our Facebook Live classes, it’s good because people can go back in and do them if they missed the class while we were live,” Zablocki said. “And the Zooms are nice because you can actually see each other’s faces. We have been wrapping up the zoom classes with us all talking about where we are at right now in our lives and praying about it.”
Started in August of 2019, Freedom Fitness was created by Zablocki for the purpose of providing a safe place for, mostly women, to come and get healthy spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally.
Offering fitness classes, Freedom Fitness adds faith into the mix. Each class starts with a devotion and ends with prayer time.
“We also have bible studies, and we’ve held marriage classes as well,” Zablocki said. “We are just a fitness studio with God in the center of all of it.”
While Freedom Fitness’ customers are mainly from the Morristown area, going online has led them to diversify who joins in on their sessions. They are able to provide their services for those all around the nation and, in some cases, worldwide.
Zablocki said that the daughter of one of the women that comes to her classes, Kristen Henderson, is working for Living Water Ministries in Haiti right now. Henderson has chosen to stay in Haiti during this time to support the orphanage and school she works for.
It was while scrolling past Henderson’s Facebook page that Zablocki found the inspiration to start an online class with Henderson’s students.
“One day I was looking at Facebook and saw that she posted a video with the kids at her school doing some abs to get them moving since their schools are cancelled,” Zablocki said. “I started thinking that with Zoom, we can do a class with them. We set it up, and the area they do it in is not big enough for everyone so, on Tuesdays I do a class with the girls and Thursdays I do a class with the boys.
“They are loving it. We do a devotion, and it keeps them moving. We started with just 30 minutes, but they told Kristen they want to go longer. It’s been amazing. If you had told me a year ago that I would be doing Zoom classes with kids in Haiti, I probably would have laughed at you.”
With classes only online for now, Freedom Fitness is not charging for their memberships. Instead, they will just be taking donations. You can donate to them on CashApp at $gzabloc, Venmo at @Gretchen-Zablocki and Paypal at gretchz.