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A Black man in white T-shirt and shorts is outside on a concrete surface using an exercise ball in the plank position.
Karsten Winegeart
With many fitness centers closed due to the pandemic, people wanting to stay in shape are working out alone.

Gyms and fitness centers have seen a steep decline in membership numbers, but virtual workouts are increasingly popular.

Physical fitness facilities and trainers took a hard hit with pandemic shutdowns and restrictions. But whether they're using an app that pays you back for burning calories or giving you a workout in an infrared sauna, fitness entrepreneurs in the Kansas City area are finding ways to keep the exercise regimens going.

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