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Fitness Coalition, LI Law Firm Spearhead Lawsuit Against Cuomo

SYOSSET, NY —Two weeks after Michigan’s Supreme Court overturned the continued emergency executive orders of Gov. Whitmer, a coalition of business owners on Long Island are hoping their own lawsuit will achieve the same result in New York.

The New York Fitness Coalition, an advocacy group of gym owners who came together during the coronavirus pandemic, is leading the class-action lawsuit. A news conference to announce the lawsuit is being held Wednesday at the Sysosset office of The Mermigas Law Group, P.C.

Charlie Cassara founded the New York Fitness Coalition, which sued Gov. Cuomo in July, seeking an injunction of Cuomo’s orders in order for gyms to reopen. This lawsuit, Cassara, says is a broader effort to declare the extended emergency executive orders that Cuomo uses to mandate the COVID-19 business and school regulations as unconstitutional and illegal.

“This wasn’t his job,” Cassara told Patch. Once the original aims of the state of emergency were fulfilled in the early months of the pandemic, the unilateral executive authority of the governor’s emergency powers were no longer needed, or legal, he says.

Cassara owns a health club, SC Fitness, with two Long Island locations. He tells Patch that the regulations his industry has to operate under are “unsurvivable.”

“33 percent capacity is a joke, and then you add six feet, contact tracing—We can’t live under these orders.”

Representatives from other industries including restaurant owners, as well as teachers and parents concerned about the impact of the mandates on education, are also involved in the suit, Cassara says.

“Now regular citizens of New York can jump on board. Cuomo keeps saying he is going to give the authority back to the state [legislatures] and local executives, but every week there is a new excuse.”

A similar legal challenge was raised against Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf, which initially was won before being overturned in federal appeals court.

This article originally appeared on the Syosset Patch

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Biggest Deals On Fitness And Exercise Equipment

With COVID-19 still running rampant across the globe, safe means of exercising has become the norm for most people. This means working out has shifted from public spaces such as gyms or yoga studios to the comfort of people’s homes. If you are planning to start your own home gym, you need to look no further than Prime Day. This mega shopping festival gives you the opportunity to buy some great fitness equipment for your home at some great discounts, so you can start building your home gym right away.

Here are 10 great fitness equipment you can get for your home gym at throwaway prices on Amazon’s Prime Day sale. Whether you want to increase your strength, practice yoga or improve your cardio capacity, we have the right things you can buy during Prime Day here.

1. VIGBODY Stationary Bike for Home Cardio

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VIGBODY Stationary Bike for Home Cardio has a robust heavy steel frame and a triangular structure that supports up to 330 pounds in body weight. It works with a leather transmission belt instead of a chain that results in a quiet workout. You can enjoy an outdoor riding experience even at home. Its 4-way adjustable seat and 2-way adjustable handlebar offer a comfortable experience while exercising. The adjustable nature of this bike makes it perfect for all members of your family.

2. LEEKEY Resistance Band Set

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LEEKEY Resistance Band Set comes with four bands that are made of natural latex material, which has strong wear resistance and can withstand extreme tensile force. You can train with no worries of wear and tear with these excellent bands. They offer excellent resistance while doing pull-ups. The bands also work for anyone who needs to stretch out sore muscles after a workout and stiff ones for before. They are a perfect addition to your home gym and easy to carry in your duffle bag when you go to a fitness center for a workout, too.

3. BEAUTYOVO Puzzle Exercise Mat

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BEAUTYOVO Puzzle Exercise Mat is made up of all-black foam floor mats that interlock together. Once assembled, they cover about 96 square feet. You can also safely use them as an indoor playground for kids. The mats are made of flexible and impact resistant Eva foam that has thick padding to provide excellent cushioning for your body or equipment. The thick mats safeguard your floor from scratches, scuffs and dents. 

4. Tone Fitness Aerobic Step 

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Tone Fitness Aerobic Step is light-weight and easy to carry, weighing in at just 5. 5 pounds. The step offers a secure, non-slip surface for your workout routine and is adjustable for two height levels of 4-inches or 6-inches. It includes a workout chart to provide additional instructions and exercises for you. The step can be used by people of all levels to help build endurance, strength and improve overall fitness. It comes in two colors: neon yellow and black.

5. ProsourceFit

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 new way to host online events — importantly, now including paid events — as well as new types of apps that integrate outside business and productivity tools like Slack, Dropbox, and Asana directly into Zoom meetings, the company announced Wednesday. 

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Zoom has become a household name amid shelter in place and social distancing mandates, with users turning to the videoconferencing app to host events from board meetings and conferences to yoga classes and concerts. It’s led Zoom’s business to skyrocket, but also forced the company to rethink its ambitions beyond its original enterprise approach. 

The online event platform, called OnZoom, adds features to Zoom that make it easier to host online events — notably, by allowing event organizers to sell tickets for paid events on Zoom, thanks to an integration with PayPal. There will also be an event marketplace, where people can find and sign up for public events, free and paid.

At launch, the events platform is only available to US users, but will be available more globally next year. There’s no additional fee for paid users to try out OnZoom through the end of 2020, but Zoom says that it plans to revisit the possibility of taking a cut of ticket sales next year. 

Notably, Facebook announced something similar earlier this year, allowing businesses, creators, educators and media publishers to host paid events on Facebook Live or its Messenger Rooms app. Facebook has said it won’t collect fees from tickets sales until at least August 2021.

The catch is that you will have to be a paid Zoom user to set up events with OnZoom, with a capacity ranging from 100 attendees, up to 1,000 for enterprise users. For anything larger, users can livestream the event with a Zoom Webinar license. 

OnZoom is actually getting its first public test right out in the open: Zoom is using it to host its annual Zoomtopia user conference this week. The company bills it as being well-suited for other companies to host their own conferences, for fitness instructors to hold paid lessons, for nonprofits to set up fundraising events

Khloe Kardashian’s fitness schedule kept her ‘sane’

Khloe Kardashian’s fitness schedule kept her “sane” during lockdown.



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The ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ star admits there have been some “crazy times” in the world because of the coronavirus pandemic but she has turned to exercise to keep her going and keep her mental state positive too.

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Explaining about her fitness regime, she said: “I definitely think because of my fitness journey and already having such a regimented schedule when it comes to working out, it kind of kept me sane during these crazy times. I had to learn to adapt by doing mommy-daughter workouts. [True] is obviously not working out, but it’s things like me putting her in a wagon and sprinting up a hill. I belted a wagon to my waist because I don’t have any help. We’re all just trying to figure it out.”

And the 36-year-old reality television star wants to set a good example for her daughter True when it comes to her exercise regime and she hopes her daughter will be “active and take care of herself” like her mom.

Speaking to Refinery29, she added of her lifestyle: “I want to show my daughter, by example, that there are healthy ways to be active every day.

“You don’t have to be so rigid in the gym. I like to work out early, it just sets the tone for the rest of my day, it makes me want to eat better and be active and healthy. By her seeing me like this, I hope she’s active and takes care of herself.”

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The best fitness watches you can still get on sale for Prime Day

We’ve also added a few fitness watch accessories for you!

Fitness trackers are on sale for Amazon Prime Day.

Fitness trackers are on sale for Amazon Prime Day.

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More now than ever before, Americans are focused on their wellness. We have finally become more mindful of the quality of foods we eat, our daily water intake, the amount of exercise we do, and how much sleep we get.

And, in typical modern fashion, we can rely on technology to keep track of it all – right on our wrists. Fitness watches are not new to the worlds of fashion or wellness, but they’re cheaper than they’ve ever been. For less than $150, you can easily track your heart rate, workouts, sleep, calorie consumption, blood pressure, and even catch up on the latest news.

As always, your Chron Shopping team has done a little digging through thousands of products on sale for Amazon’s Prime Day and found the best deals on fitness watches and accessories for you.

Fitness Watches on Sale for Prime Day

Fitbit Versa 2 Health and Fitness Smartwatch with Heart Rate, Music, Alexa Built-In – amazon.com

179.95Shop Now

Fitbit Versa 2 on sale for $127.95.

ANBES Health and Fitness Smartwatch with Heart Rate Monitor – amazon.com

35.99Shop Now

ANBES Smart Watch on sale for $26.99.

Garmin 010-02064-00 Instinct, Rugged Outdoor Watch with GPS – amazon.com

229.99Shop Now

Garmin Rugged Outdoor Smart Watch on sale for $149.99.

Smart Watch, UMIDIGI Uwatch 2S Fitness Tracker – amazon.com

29.99Shop Now

UMIDIGI Uwatch 2S on sale for $23.99.

LETSCOM Smart Watch – amazon.com

39.99Shop Now

LETSCOM Smart Watch on sale for $31.99 plus an extra 5% off when adding to your cart.

Fitness Watch Accessories on Sale for Prime Day

Wepro Replacement Bands Compatible with Fitbit Versa SmartWatch, Versa 2 and Versa Lite SE Sports Watch – amazon.com

5.99Shop Now

Wepro Bands in black on sale for $4.79.

2 Pack Screen Protector Case for Fitbit Versa – amazon.com

6.99Shop Now

Screen Protector available in 7 colors on sale for $5.59.

REDOVER-Bluetooth Body Fat Scale with Smartphone App, Smart Wireless Digital Bathroom Scale – amazon.com

29.99Shop Now

Redover Smart Scale on sale for $18.89.

Moonooda Watch Band Compatible with Fitbit Versa/Fitbit Versa 2/ Versa Lite Edition/Versa SE Smart Glitter Sparkling Watch – amazon.com

11.98Shop Now

Moonooda Sparkle Band on sale for $9.58.

Hearst Newspapers participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means we may get paid commissions on editorially chosen products purchased through our links to retailer sites. 

Micolette Davis is a Local Deals Curator for Hearst Newspapers. Email her at [email protected]

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Planet Fitness, Round1 will bring changes to local malls

MOORESTOWN – New tenants coming to South Jersey malls show the changing face of shopping centers.

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A Planet Fitness gym will open Thursday at Moorestown Mall, occupying more than 22,000 square feet in a complex that’s lost several big retailers in recent years.

And Round1, a “family entertainment center” based in Japan, will debut Oct. 24 at Deptford Mall. The new arrival will offer 12 bowling lanes, five billiards tables and 250-plus arcade games — will occupy more than 50,000 square feet vacated by the struggling Sears chain.



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Shoppers pass Round1, a family entertainment center opening Oct. 24 at Deptford Mall.

Mall operators say they’re eager to diversify their tenant mix in the face of a harsh retail environment, particularly for traditional brick-and-mortar chains.

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“Overall, what we’re doing is providing people with more reasons to visit our property,” said a statement from Macerich, a California firm that owns Deptford Mall.

It noted an interest in attracting “exciting entertainment concepts, immersive technology experiences (and) a variety of dining options.”

The statement also pointed to “international brands that are expanding in the U.S. market.”

Recent arrivals at Deptford Mall include two Australian retailers, Lovisa and Cotton On.

Lovisa is described as a “woman’s fast-fashion jewelry and accessories concept,” while Cotton On sells casual clothing, accessories and homewares.

PREIT, a Philadelphia-based firm that owns Moorestown Mall and other shopping centers, wants to attract “healthcare providers, food markets, fulfillment and logistics operators,” Joseph Coradino, the firm’s CEO, said earlier this year.

Both PREIT and Macerich also want to develop housing and hotels at some properties.

“We think of our well-situated properties, like Deptford Mall, as ‘town centers’ for the wide range of activities people enjoy,” said Macerich.



a tree in front of a building: Planet Fitness plans to open Oct. 15 at the Moorestown Mall.


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Planet Fitness plans to open Oct. 15 at the Moorestown Mall.

Similarly, Coradino has said PREIT’s properties could evolve into “commerce districts.”

The mall operators are attempting to ease financial strains that have worsened with the COVID-19 pandemic.

PREIT in August reported a net loss of $49 million for first-half 2020. That compared to a year-before deficit of $33.9 million for the firm, which also owns the Cherry Hill Mall and Cumberland Mall in Vineland.

Macerich had a first-half net loss of $17.6 million. It reported net income of $23.5 million a year earlier.

The Moorestown location is the first in a mall for Billy Olson, who operates 19 Planet Fitness gyms in South Jersey.

“The mall does provide advantages including space, parking, and visibility,” he said Tuesday. “We were able to build a state-of-the-art facility and not be confined by the amount of space to use.”

Planet Fitness occupies six former units at the Route 38 shopping center, which saw closings for a Lord + Taylor department store in January and a Sears store in

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu credits physical fitness and ‘desi’ food for his speedy recovery



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He also expressed happiness at knowing that the other staff members who had contracted the disease in the Vice President Secretariat had also recovered from Coronavirus.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu has credited his speedy recovery from Coronavirus to his physical fitness, mental tenacity and desi food. In a long blog posted from his facebook account, the Vice President said that he firmly believed that it was his physical fitness and strict adherence to traditional food which ensured his recovery from the disease despite his old age and him being a diabetes patient.

“I could overcome COVID-19 infection because of my physical fitness, mental tenacity, regular physical exercise like walking and yoga, apart from eating only desi (traditional) food,” the Vice President wrote in his blog. He also said that he always preferred to eat traditional food and continued the practice during the quarantine period as well.

Naidu also urged his followers to include some form of physical exercise in their daily regimen like walking or Yoga in addition to advising against the consumption of junk food. Being a workaholic, Naidu, who had been under home quarantine for about a fortnight, kept busy with reading loads of books on India’s freedom struggle. A regular writer for a number of India’s dailies, Naidu also posted two articles every week on the same issue on facebook to apprise his followers of the role of many unsung heroes of the independence movement.

VP Naidu had contracted the disease on September 29 after which he went under home quarantine. After conducting the RT-PCR test, the team of doctors attending the Vice President declared him recovered after his report came negative on October 12. Naidu in his blog thanked the team of doctors and other staff members for taking care of him. He also expressed happiness at knowing that the other staff members who had contracted the disease in the Vice President Secretariat had also recovered from Coronavirus.

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The Best Amazon Prime Day Deals on Home Fitness Equipment

2020 has been the year of at-home fitness what with gyms closed, classes cancelled and even many sports on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus the year has seen a surge in sales of exercise bikes, free weights, TRX bands, yoga mats and more workout gear — which is precisely why it’s a great time to take advantage of some of the best Amazon Prime Day deals on home fitness equipment now.

If you are looking to take your own home gym to the next level or seeking the perfect gift for your fitness enthusiast friend or family member, Amazon Prime Day is the time to get the gear. With deep discounts on fitness equipment and apparel, you can save hundreds on high quality exercise equipment so you can get gains without feeling the burn in your bank account.

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But if the trends from the past few months have taught us anything, these Prime Day deals on home fitness equipment will sell out quickly, so be sure to partake while supplies last.


VIGBODY Exercise Bike

A solid alternative to some of the pricier exercise bikes out there, this VIGBODY bike has a multi-functional monitor to display your time, speed, distance and calories burned. At over $130 off today, this could be a great option for at home workouts.


TheFitLife Exercise Resistance Bands

Ultra lightweight and easy to carry, you can easily pack these resistance bands on the go. Each one is 48 inches long and is marked with its equivalent weigh, and with attachable handles, ankle straps, door anchor, you can choose different training methods for building strength.


Gorilla Mats Premium Extra Large Exercise Mat

This large, dense mat can transform any space with a hard floor into the prefect space for exercise. It can be used like an oversized yoga mat, for HIIT exercises, or to protect wood or tile floors from weights. If you have limited free space in your home, this mat is perfect for creating temporary workout areas. On the other hand, if you have an entire home gym, it will also be a welcome permanent fixture in that space. And at 40% off, it’s a great buy.


Yes4All Premium Adjustable Slant Board

This slant board can be used for stretching, squats, for working on balance, and can be used with exercise bands or weights. And equally as notable is the fact that it can be folded flat and stored just about anywhere when not in use. It’s a great addition to the smaller home where staying in shape is of big importance, and it’s more than a quarter off its usual price during Prime Day sales.


Yes4All Slam Ball Medicine Ball

Medicine balls are surprisingly versatile training tools. They can be used during squats, for shoulder exercises, cradled during crunches or sit-ups, or tossed back and forth with your workout buddy. And unlike with a

How Voting Affects Fitness For You & Your Community, According To Instructors

With the 2020 elections just on the other side of this month, voting is top of mind for a lot of people. There’s a lot at stake in this election, and if you’re turning to fitness to sweat the stress away, you’re probably not the only one. But fitness and voting have even more to do with each other than you’d think.

Your access to workout spaces — whether that’s a local park with a track or a boutique studio — is fundamentally shaped by voting, says Nicole Cardoza, a yoga instructor and founder of Yoga Foster and the newsletter Anti-Racism Daily. “There are systemic issues perpetuated in the studios we hold dear and in the spaces that we occupy when we’re trying to be well,” Cardoza says. “So when we want to feel well in studios, it’s really about looking at that overarching system of racism and dismantling it. A lot of that, especially in the next few weeks, comes down to the actions we take at our polls.”

How Do Politics Shape Fitness Culture?

Pretty much everything about your gym or fitness studio is shaped by who’s in office in your area, Cardoza explains, pointing in particular to access to public transportation, instructor pay, and basic neighborhood safety where studios are located.

T’Nisha Symone, founder of luxury fitness club BLAQUE, tells Bustle that zoning laws have a lot to do with the presence — or lack thereof — of accessible fitness spaces in Black and brown neighborhoods. “State and local governments decide how neighborhoods are constructed and as a result, what kind of fitness and wellness behaviors the people in these communities will have access to,” she explains. “Whether or not these resources are available is something that can and should inform our voting behaviors at the local level.”

Access to fitness resources has to do with both private and public interests. A 2019 analysis conducted by Bloomberg found that franchises like CrossFit, Barry’s Boot Camp, and Pure Barre are usually located in neighborhoods that are over 80% white. Of the other 13 fitness franchises included in the analysis, 12 were also located in areas with an average of 70-80% white people. The data also revealed that clubs like Equinox and SoulCycle are often located in gentrifying neighborhoods, drawing in more affluent and white clientele rather than serving the often BIPOC, low-income communities that have been living there.

“Wellness is political,” says Helen Phelan, a Pilates instructor who specializes in body neutrality and mindfulness. “To serve only one type of person is political. To avoid making a statement or ‘getting political’ is a privilege and a political statement all in itself.”

What people learn, say, and even wear in studios is also political. “If you say ‘namaste’ at the end of your practice or wear Mala beads, you need to be standing up for racial injustice,” says Ali Duncan, a yoga instructor and the founder of Urban Sanctuary, the first women-run, Black-owned yoga studio in Denver, Colorado. “So

Raheem Sterling fitness update provided following withdrawal from international duty

Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling is ‘likely’ to be fit for the club’s Premier League clash against Arsenal on Saturday afternoon, according to Jamie Jackson of the Guardian.

The 25-year-old pulled out of England international duty earlier in the week after a minor hamstring problems arose during City’s 1-1 draw with Leeds United at Elland Road. 

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After missing three international games for England, the winger is reportedly ‘likely’ to be fit enough to feature when Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal travel to the Etihad Stadium – providing Pep Guardiola with a much-needed injury boost following a torrid time in the medical department at the start of the new campaign.

The news comes after Kevin De Bruyne had been all-but ruled out of the weekend’s Premier League clash due to a muscle injury of his own, sustained during Belgium’s 2-1 defeat to England at Wembley. Sergio Aguero could make some form of return on Saturday afternoon, as he returned to full first-team training on Monday of last week – however any involvement will likely be minor and come from the bench.

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