Zoom is releasing a new tool to let paid users charge for admission to online events like conferences or fitness classes



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  • Zoom is introducing OnZoom, a new way to host events — free and paid — using the popular videoconferencing tool.
  • Zoom has come to be used to host all kinds of events amid the pandemic, from board meetings and conferences to fitness classes and concerts. The new OnZoom platform includes the ability to charge for tickets, as well as a directory of public event listings.
  • Zoom is also launching a new kind of app integration, called a Zapp, that can bring information from productivity tools like Dropbox, Slack, or Asana directly into a video chat.
  • Facebook launched its own features for paid videoconferencing events over the summer.
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As the pandemic drags on, Zoom is releasing a

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Crunch Fitness Channelside Renovations To Allow Boutique Classes

TAMPA, FL — Crunch Fitness announced the upgrade of its Channelside location in Downtown Tampa to a Crunch Select Club. The first of its kind in the area, this $200,000 renovation will allow Crunch Channelside to offer its members boutique-style fitness classes as well as increased workout space in the main gym by 20 percent.

The new fitness studio will be located directly across from the main entrance of the main gym in Grand Central to provide classes such as hot yoga, suspended yoga, barre classes and more. The renovations and new studio should be complete by the end of the year.

“Our goal is always to make serious exercise fun while offering a top-quality environment and fitness equipment,” said CEO Vince Julien. “We saw a need in the Channelside District community to revamp our group fitness programming, and we are extremely excited that this renovation will allow us to

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Online Classes Until 2021 For East Aurora Schools Due To Pandemic

AURORA, IL — Students in East Aurora District 131 will be learning from home for the rest of the year after officials again delayed their return to school amid the coronavirus pandemic.

With a “prevailing high number” of coronavirus cases in the Aurora area, district officials are now hoping to implement a hybrid learning plan in January, Superintendent Jennifer Norrell said in a letter to parents.

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The positivity rate in District 131’s main ZIP code, 60505, has often been twice or triple the statewide positivity rate, and almost half of the city’s 5,920 coronavirus cases, as of Sunday, were recorded in the same ZIP code, Norrell said.

District officials will continue to watch coronavirus trends in the area and will “certainly explore an earlier return” if it looks possible, Norrell said.

Kane County Sitting On $7M Surplus Of Coronavirus-Relief Funds

“For

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Spin Classes Lead To Twenty One People With Coronavirus From One Gym

A spin class gym in the Canadian city of Hamilton has been linked with an outbreak of 21 cases of Covid-19, with a further 100 people potentially exposed. The news was originally reported in the local press and cases have so far been found in one staff member and 20 patrons.

The outbreak comes amid months of speculation as to whether gyms and other indoor facilities hosting fitness classes are high-risk during the pandemic.

Concerns seem to focus on two main aspects of gyms which may make them high risk environments for viral transmission:

1) The number of high-touch surfaces, which may be used by multiple gym goers without effective sanitizing between uses, including weights, mats and machines. However, scientists generally now think that the risk

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SoulCycle’s At-Home Bike Launches Across The US, With Live Classes And New Variis Fitness App

Starting today, SoulCycle riders in all 50 states can bring the sweaty, high-energy, in-studio experience into their home with the national launch of SoulCycle’s at-home bike. Initially released to a small set of markets in March, this national launch coincides with the co-launch of Variis mobile app. SoulCycle’s live and on-demand classes stream to the at-home bike’s screen via Variis, Equinox Media’s digital fitness media platform. In addition to powering the digital SoulCycle experience, the standalone Variis mobile app also launches today, powering digital access to a variety of Equinox’ other notable digital fitness and mindfulness modalities.

Not surprisingly given the current climate, demand for SoulCycle’s at-home bike skyrocketed after safer-at-home orders were issued earlier this spring, necessitating a change in rollout plans for the greater launch. According to Equinox Media and Variis

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Wondercise’s on-demand fitness classes pair with your existing smartwatch

If you’re looking for on-demand fitness classes that sync up with the tracker on your wrist, Apple upcoming FItness+ service isn’t your only option. Wondercise, the Taiwanese on-demand fitness service, is rolling out its platform to the wider world. The company claims that, if you have a compatible smartwatch, your movements will sync up on screen in real time to help you keep on top of your form. 



a person that is doing a trick on a skateboard: On-demand fitness class Wondercise promotional image showing an at-home exercise person working out in front of a TV. They don't have a lot of furniture, because the pursuit of fitness is more important than a couch.


On-demand fitness class Wondercise promotional image showing an at-home exercise person working out in front of a TV. They don’t have a lot of furniture, because the pursuit of fitness is more important than a couch.

These on-screen metrics are designed to help trainers focus on their technique and keep parity with their instructors. Speaking of which, you can be taught classes in a number of disciplines, from Kettlebell, Tai Chi through to Resistance Band workouts and Hip Hop Dance. All you

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NBC’s ‘Today’ Launches Fitness, Cooking Classes Via Streaming Video



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NBC’s “Today” has a new digital-video recipe for the cooking and wellness segments that are a staple of its morning schedule.

Between October 5 and 9, the program’s streaming-video counterpart, “Today All Day,” will host 30-minute “Get Moving With” fitness classes at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. During the week of October 12, the outlet will feature cooking classes that give viewers the chance to sign up for emails with ingredient shopping lists that will be delivered in advance iof the session. The “Get Cooking With” shows will stream at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. eastern.

The “All Day” feed is available on NBC’s Peacock streaming-video hub as well as Today’s web site.

“This is a way to meet the demand we’re seeing from our audience for full-length programming and to experiment with appointment viewing to

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SilverSneakers: Gym Access, Online Fitness Classes and More

SilverSneakers is a program that gives Medicare-eligible adults access to gyms, community centers, online fitness classes, healthy living discounts and a fitness app and more. SilverSneakers is included in many Medicare Advantage plans and some Medical Supplement plans.

What is SilverSneakers?

Exercise is a crucial part of staying healthy for people of all ages, including older adults. Federal health guidelines recommend that adults participate in at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity — or a combination of the two.

The SilverSneakers program is designed to help older Americans reach those goals by providing access to fitness facilities, online fitness classes and online workouts. Members get a basic membership to participating gyms and other locations, which typically includes access to cardio and strength equipment and amenities like pools and walking tracks.

Exercise classes may include cardio and strength classes, water

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Virtual fitness classes allow this community battling addiction to gain strength during lockdown

The Covid-19 pandemic has been challenging for everyone — but for the nearly 21 million Americans battling addiction, it can be especially harmful.



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Scott Strode’s nonprofit is helping people in recovery stay connected and supported during the pandemic.

“For somebody in recovery, social isolation is a really slippery slope,” said Scott Strode, a 2012 CNN Hero. “It can often lead to the relapse.”

Strode knows firsthand the reality of being in recovery. He was able to overcome his addiction to drugs and alcohol through sports and exercise. Encouraged by his success, in 2007 Strode started his non-profit, The Phoenix, to help others deal with their own addiction.

The organization has provided free athletic activities and a sober support community to more than 36,000 people across the United States.

When Covid-19 hit, the organization had to close its gyms and practice social distancing. But the non-profit

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Virtual fitness classes allow this community battling addiction to gain strength during lockdown | Live Well

Mattingly: There’s no silver lining or bright spots for many people over the last several months. Do you feel that whenever we get back to normal, this will end up almost being beneficial for the reach you were able to achieve?

Strode: I do. The idea that people can find recovery support through Phoenix now, really almost anytime, anywhere in the world is really exciting. It’ll just allow it to reach so many more people because of this virtual platform. I didn’t realize how much that was limiting our ability to get our programs to people who really needed it.

It just always lifts my heart to log into a Phoenix virtual class and meet somebody in recovery who’s doing the workout in their basement somewhere in Tennessee, where we don’t even have in-person programs, but they can come to the Phoenix anyway.

Mattingly: For somebody who’s isolated at home

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