LACEY, NJ — When The MAX Challenge of Lacey closed last March, their members lost more than the physical space on 800 Lacey Rd. They maintained classes through Zoom and eventually outdoors, but the situation gave owners Tracey and Mike Keogh new obstacles in maintaining everything the group fitness-focused gym offered.
“By closing the gym, a lot of people, even a lot of our members, went into this really tough place,” Tracey Keogh told Patch.
They felt more than ready once Governor Phil Murphy allowed them to reopen their facility Tuesday, and so did their members. Many New Jersey fitness centers will feature a “new normal” as gym goers return, including temperature checks, face masks and social distancing.
Each gym coped differently as they closed for nearly six months, but they all lacked one thing: certainty.
“We had no answers. There was no projected date,” said Jeff Padula, who owns