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During Lockdown, People Get Creative With Workouts, Bingo, and Dance Sessions

by Eben Diskin Mar 18, 2020

The coronavirus has sent Spain into a nationwide near-lockdown, but that’s not discouraging people from finding creative ways to get their daily dose of fitness. One personal trainer is helping his neighbors stay in shape by conducting a group workout class from the roof of his apartment building in Seville. The instructor, named Gonzalo, has been standing on the complex’s rooftop and coaching residents who participate on their separate balconies, doing exercises like jumping jacks and squats.

Sano Sevilla Los Bermejales, the training center where Gonzalo works, said, “This is how @gonzalo_gbroto is passing the time with his neighbors. This is the spirit of Sano Sevilla Los Bermejales. Despite such adverse circumstances, we’re going to get the best out of you.”

According to Luis Javier, a manager at the gym, Gonzalo organized the neighborly workout using WhatsApp.

“All the neighbors were having a hard time and sad,” he said, “but now, every day they are looking forward to the time for their training. It is a healthy idea, which helps people feel much better and face the situation in Spain in a positive way.”

And Seville isn’t stopping at exercise. Another viral video shows Seville residents in lockdown entertaining themselves with a game of bingo. An MC shouted numbers from his window, while players followed along from their own apartments.

Meanwhile, in a similarly locked down Italy, people in Milan are staying positive by dancing on their balconies to “Life is Beautiful.”

And in true New York fashion, New Yorkers in lockdown are doing their part to keep everyone safe. Not by dancing or singing, but by shouting “Go home!” from their apartment balconies, urging passersby to stay indoors and avoid spreading the virus. We expected nothing less.

A version of this article was previously published on March 16, 2020, and was updated on March 18, 2020, with more information.

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