DeSantis to open gyms, says access to them is important

DeSantis to open gyms, says access to them is important

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
May 14, 2020

Doral, FL – Gov. Ron DeSantis flew into Miami-Dade County to hold a press conference alongside Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Broward County Mayor Dale Holness, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Esteban Bovo, and other local officials, to announce the Phase 1 re-opening of Miami-Dade and Broward Counties on Monday May 18th.

Miami-Dade and Broward are the last two counties to re-open, as other less populated counties with significantly fewer COVID-19 cases are preparing to enter Phase 2.

When he first announced the re-opening of the state, medical procedures like MRI, CAT scans and elective surgeries were allowed to continue, but many of those restrictions that Senator Marco Rubio called “unrealistic” are still in place.

From the looks of it, DeSantis himself is probably really looking for Phase 2 to begin so that he can get his hair cut. Actually, many counties are allowing for barbershops to open up, but unfortunately for gym rats like myself and DeSantis. Gold’s Gym, LA Fitness, and other gyms are still closed down due to health concerns.

But there is hope that gyms will soon open.  DeSantis, who President Donald Trump himself acknowledge had a fit physique at a campaign rally last year, was asked when he thought he would give the ‘Ok’ to open fitness centers.

A grinning DeSantis said that he would be making that announcement tomorrow, adding “I know that’s something that’s probably near and dear to your heart.” (He noticed my glorious physique)

DeSantis said that due to the guidelines handed down by the  CDC, gyms were considered to be problematic.

"This is a virus that if you’re in good shape you’re probably going to be Ok,” said DeSantis “So, why would we want to dissuade people from going to be in shape. I think it’s really important that people have access to gym and to different exercise, the data on this is overwhelming.”

DeSantis, an avid weightlifter, and golfer has always promoted physical fitness and pointed to data that shows that individuals under 65 that contracted the COVID-19 virus and died from it had serious underlying medical conditions. DeSantis added that many of these conditions were tied to obesity.

“The fact of the matter is outdoors is our friend,” said DeSantis

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Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning political journalist and Publisher of,,, and He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming, and biking. Javier is also a political consultant and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Follow on Twitter: @JavManjarres Email him at

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