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Working out with what you have

Posted at 3:47 PM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 17:58:12-04

BALTIMORE, Md. — For so many trying to stay fit during quarantine, it’s all about working out with what you have.

Owen Murray knows that better than anyone.

"We’re more athletic based but we have a lot of adult, regular every day Joe's and Sue's that come in and get in a good workout," he said about the gym where he works.

Murray is a personal trainer and gym manager at Sweat Performance in Timonium.

"We have ropes, racks, dumbbells, barbells, sleds," said Murray.

But for the last few weeks he’s been the personal trainer and gym manager of the Murray garage in Lutherville.

"We’ve been becoming extremely creative," he said.

Creative like using household items for exercise.

"Using towels as hurdles, chairs as things to do dips."

Every morning Murray holds his metabolic conditioning class online. He said he is still getting his usual 15-20 participants. He is even doing a free 30 minute live session on Saturday on the Gym’s Facebook page.

Murray may be the most physically fit in his family, but he is not even the strongest in his own home. His wife Gina is a nurse practitioner. She is on the front lines working with COVID patients.

"How is it being the spouse of a healthcare worker during these times?

"It is really rough because there are times where I’m just worried about her, for one, and at the same time worried about all these people that may think that she may be bringing the COVID-19 into it," he said. "Obviously, as a husband, I’m worried about her. But, at the same time I’m so proud of her."

A feeling of pride felt by so many for heroes like Gina.

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