Nine months ago, the MIT gym stood silent. Campus had gone into lockdown and the gym that had been a hub for working off stress between classes, a place where students danced their hearts out to Zumba, now lay empty. Fast forward, and with a new set of stringent safety protocols in place, the workout space and indoor fitness classes recently re-opened to MIT community members with COVID Pass.
The Covid-19-triggered lockdown has deeply impacted fitness communities everywhere, given that close proximity and breathing under exertion increase the risk of the virus spreading,
The Fitness Team at MIT’s Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER) responded by putting together a timetable of free classes sent to members over Zoom. Running the gamut from high-intensity impact training (HIIT) to yoga, these ongoing online classes provide a point of connection where MIT…