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New gym has device to help keep customers safe from COVID-19

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Posted at 6:47 AM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 07:52:32-04

MIAMI TOWNSHIP, Ohio — A new gym on the West Side of Cincinnati has equipment to help slow the spread of COVID-19 for people trying to get a good workout in.

MyFitness Suites on Harrison Avenue, owned by husband and wife team Tyler and Michelle Menke, opened recently after months of waiting due to the pandemic, and one of the things they are using to keep people safe now is called an Air Rover.

The device is used in pop-up hospitals across the country to filter the air and slow the spread of COVID-19.

"It will draw the air in," Tyler Menke said. "It then treats the air with a strong UVC light, pushes it through carbon filtration and then puts clean air back out. (It) changes the air over 10 times per hour.”

Beyond the Air Rover and gym space, MyFitness Suites also offers a yoga studio and childcare to help people through these mentally straining times.

"There's a huge rise of depression, anxiety, all sorts of mental disorders just because people are so isolated," Michelle said. "So anything that people can do to get themselves up and moving and feeling better is a good thing.”

Now that the gym is up and running, though, Michelle and Tyler said they are living a dream come true.

"To have persevered through this, come out on the other side and see, you know, the smiling faces, not only on us, but on the people that are coming in, it feels great," Tyler said.