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Rick Daman was working on one-on-one strength training with a client this afternoon.
He closed his business, Daman’s Strength Training at 16A Georgetown Lane in Vanport Township, to the public at large on Monday in an effort to help halt the spread of COVID-19 in the area.
“I felt it wasn’t a mandated thing,” Daman, 39, of Brighton Township said. But it was the right thing to do, he added.
He said he has received “unbelievable, positive feedback” from members “who have gone out of their way” to call, text and otherwise contact him to express support.
“I wanted to do right by the community and the people,” he said. “We’re all in this together.”
Daman’s sent members a mass email, allowing them to come in Tuesday and select a piece of sanitized equipment – maybe a barbell or a kettle ball – to take home for use. “Dozens came,” he said.
Then they can choose from three daily live workouts the business is streaming online on Zoom at 6 a.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Daman leads the 6 p.m. workout; his wife Dena does the 6 a.m. routine. He’s been seeing about 15-20 people participate each time, he said.
Daman’s also sent out eBooks for at-home workouts, one for kids and others for athletes and each gender of adult. “We’re delivering as much value as we can,” he said.
He said the family business, which has been operating for just over 10 years, is also trying to do one-on-one work via Zoom and Facetime.
Daman said regular business will resume when he feels it’s safe. “I don’t want to be the reason for an outbreak,” he said. “You can be part of the problem or part of the solution.” He wants to be part of the solution.
Also, “I don’t want to lose my business. I busted my ass for this business.”
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