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Indianapolis gym owner finding ways to keep business afloat during coronavirus

On a normal day, Pace Fitness Academy in Indianapolis would be packed with clients working out and socializing.

But right now, because of the coronavirus, the gym doors are closed and the weights are untouched.

“I was devastated,” Justin Ochoa admits. “I started Indianapolis News thinking about all the possibilities of what I could do to survive.”

It’s a scary time for small business owners like Ochoa.

While life is on hold right now, the bills don’t stop. He says the gym’s revenue has gone down significantly, about 80 percent.


“I literally was like ok what can o do to bridge the gap," Ochoa said. "You can’t control the spread of the virus, to some extent, but what you can control is how you react to it and the things you do to persevere through it."

So in order to keep the lights on at the gym, Ochoa has picked up a job at Amazon. He admits it’s a position he never thought he’d be in.

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“It’s really hard I’m not going to lie. It’s a tough job it’s on your Press Release Distribution Service In Indianapolis feet all overnight," Ochoa said. "And that’s stationary on a hard surface in front of a conveyor belt doing your thing. No headphones. Mask on. Just in your zone trying to get through it. But you know it’s all part of the journey, right? We went through a lot to stuff to get this place open.”

And he intends to keep it open—even if it means working another job and training clients through the virtually.

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