After reopening this week, Pilates South Austin reconnects with clients under new guidelines

Pilates South Austin co-owners Beth Dukleth and Kari Levassar reopened their studio May 18. (Courtesy Pilates South Austin)
Pilates South Austin co-owners Beth Dukleth and Kari Levassar reopened their studio May 18. (Courtesy Pilates South Austin)

Pilates South Austin co-owners Beth Dukleth and Kari Levassar reopened their studio May 18. (Courtesy Pilates South Austin)

As South Austin gyms and fitness centers reopened May 18, Pilates South Austin co-owners Beth Dukleth and Kari Levassar said they have been thrilled to see clients return after being closed for two months during the coronavirus pandemic.

Pilates South Austin, which opened in 2012 and is located at 9901 Brodie Lane, Ste. 145, staff had been able to stay connected with some clients during the previous closure through virtual classes. However, as Pilates is an exercise style that requires the use of equipment and individual instructor attention, Levassar said the people they had been reaching were a fraction of their normal business.

Now, the business has reopened for private sessions, and smaller group classes have resumed under the new state guidelines as well as under some additional regulations the business put in place on its own after gathering client feedback.

“Opening is [a] balance between staying in business and safety being the priority,” Levassar said. “We had to close for two months, so when the state of Texas said that we could open, we decided we would with the most safety precautions we possibly could.”

At least 18 other fitness centers in South Austin reopened this week, including national gym chains, such as Gold's Gym, Planet Fitness and Anytime Fitness.


Since PSA is a smaller gym, Levassar said, new guidelines have been manageable to put in place and enforce.

“We have a lot of control over who touches what to keep our clients safe, and for that reason, we felt like it was the right decision to open up so we can stay in business,” she said.

Dukleth said precautions at the fitness studio include requiring everyone to wear a mask and to wear socks on the gym floor. Equipment has also been spaced at least6 feet apart, and all scheduling and payments are taking place online.

Sessions have been shortened slightly to allow for 10-minute gaps between classes to reduce foot traffic, she said. During that gap, doors are left open so customers do not have to touch the door handle, and the studio is disinfected.

Overall, the response from clients has been mostly positive at the studio. However, Dukleth said the business has been well under the 25% capacity allowed by the state, as some gym members are not yet ready to return.

"We're excited to be open, but it is all very daunting, and we're not quite sure how it's going to go,” Dukleth said. “We've had some people who can't wait to come back in, and we have other people that have either lost their jobs and can't come back or who are immunocompromised and don't feel like they can."
By Nicholas Cicale
Nick has been with Community Impact Newspaper since 2016, working with the Lake Travis-Westlake and Southwest Austin-Dripping Springs editions. He previously worked as a reporter in Minnesota and earned a degree from Florida State University.


MOST RECENT

Hays County opened its COVID-19 vaccine portal Jan. 22. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Vaccine portal opens in Hays County; read Austin business news and more Central Texas info

Read the latest business and community news from Central Texas.

The Austin Community College District's 28,000-square-foot culinary arts wing is now open at ACC Highland. (Courtesy Austin Community College)
Second phase of ACC Highland campus opens in Central Austin

The campus is home to the Austin Community College District's Culinary Arts Department.

Registration for Williamson County COVID-19 vaccines opened Jan. 19. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
Register for vaccine in WilCo; 24 restaurants to try in Leander, Cedar Park and more top Central Texas news

Read the most popular business and community news from the past week from the Central Texas area.

Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde said those who wish to return to campus can do so beginning Jan. 25. (Courtesy Austin ISD)
Austin ISD families can return to campus after 2 weeks of encouraging virtual learning

Austin ISD has seen a 28% decrease in weekly coronavirus cases since the first week of January.

The legality of reinstating tighter restrictions on public camping, solicitation, and sitting and lying down remains vague. (Courtesy Office of the Texas Governor)
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott floats ‘statewide camping ban’ as homeless debate heats up

The legality of reinstating tighter restrictions on public camping, solicitation, and sitting and lying down remains vague.

Teal House Coffee & Bakery’s menu includes items such as the cinnamon roll croissant. (Courtesy Teal House Coffee & Bakery)
Teal House Coffee & Bakery opening South Congress brick and mortar in Austin Jan. 30

The location will be the food truck's first brick-and-mortar restaurant.

Dr. Judith L. Thompson recently took the time to answer several general questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. (Courtesy Texas Children’s Hospital)
'We still have a long way to go': Central Texas physician answers questions about COVID-19 vaccine

Dr. Judith L. Thompson recently took the time to answer several general questions for Community Impact Newspaper related to the coronavirus vaccine, its efficacy and costs, and other related matters.

Goodwill Central Texas opened a location at 2415 S. Congress Ave., Austin, on Jan. 14. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
New South Congress Goodwill now open

The new store is open for retail services and also accepts donations.

Lawmakers have returned to the Capitol. The Texas Legislature began its 2021 session Jan. 12. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
School funding once again a major focus for Austin ISD during legislative session

The district will also be watching for legislation regarding charter schools, accountability, pandemic relief and local control.

Photo of a doctor handling a vaccine
As community waits anxiously, here is where Travis County stands with COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Demand still exceeds supply for vaccines in the Austin area, even for those in Phase 1 of distribution.