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RAF Strength & Fitness keeps classes going, virtually


When the co-owners of RAF Strength & Fitness in West Hempstead realized they were going to have to close down their gym in March, they immediately transitioned to virtual classes.

They had ordered 200 resistant workout bands that they doled out to their members, co-owner Mike Lisi said, and they now hold virtual lessons everyday at 10 a.m. and Mondays through Fridays at 4 p.m. Sometimes, Lisi said, even people from out-of-state will join in the fun.

And while the gym’s sports performance and team training programs have suffered during the pandemic, he said, the owners recently rolled out a high school program, and “camaraderie is up.”

“We’re blessed to have so many amazing members,” Lisi said. “We’re happy with the way things are going.”

He added that the gym will probably continue to hold online classes, even after the pandemic is over.