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Tractfit: A Destination Gym

NORTHRIDGE, CA – Restricted gym facility usage inspired Alix Merina to create a business model that brings the gym to you. Merina started his company Tractfit last year after he saw many people lose their motivation to work out during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“I’ve always envisioned having my own gym but I wanted to be unique with it, so I figured why not find a way to make it unique from other gyms, and that’s when I came up with Tractfit,” said Merina.

The gym unit is simply attached to a truck and then it can be taken to any destination. Fitness goers can book the gym using the Tractfit website. They can pick several services such as one-on-one personal training or nutritional guidance.

One benefit to this mobile gym is that can be set up anywhere, from the beautiful beaches of Malibu or right in front of your doorstep. Tractfit’s personal trainer Chris Pinelo says, “We can take it to a lake or down the beach somewhere else, we try to take it anywhere catered to the client.”

The company says they want to make it easy for clients to feel safe working out during this pandemic. Tractfit employees are required to wear face masks and practice social distancing protocols.

In a survey done in April 2020, 27 percent of respondents stated they had been exercising less as a result of the pandemic.

“COVID happened and I realized I was getting out of shape and I thought it would be best for me to get back in the gym and get my body right,” said Lucas Reynoso, a Tractfit client.

With Los Angeles County in the red tier, fitness establishments are able to reopen indoor operations up to 10% capacity under California’s blueprint for a safer economy framework.

Even after the pandemic passes Tractfit plans to continue operation in order to help people reach their fitness goals safely.

Video, Jordan Henry

By Jordan Henry

With contributions from Tractfit

Photo, Jordan Henry

Video, Jordan Henry


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