A gym owner in Illinois gave out $40,000 worth of equipment to members so they could workout from home

Be Strong owner Drew Whitted let members take home his exercise equipment so they can work out while he's closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

(CNN)Gym owner Drew Whitted didn't want his clients to give up on their fitness goals while abiding by Illinois' stay-at-home order during the coronavirus pandemic.

So, he told members to come pick up equipment from his gym -- and take it with them, free of charge.
"We don't want anything left in here," Whitted said he told members. "If our members can't come in and train, we want you to take it home and keep training."
    Whitted is among the many across the US who had to close his business' doors amid the coronavirus pandemic. He shut down Be Strong Gym, in Bloomington, Illinois, last month.
    But, he knew many of his members were missing their regular workout routines -- so he told members they could sign up to check out items to use at home while the studio is closed.
    About 80 members of Be Strong Gym took Whitted up on his offer. In total, the gym distributed about $40,000 worth of equipment, including barbells, weights, exercise bikes, rowers and mats.
    "It was awesome," Whitted said. "We cleared the gym out in under two hours."
    Whitted and his staff helped people pick out what they'd need. The gym has been holding online training sessions every day, so members can work out together virtually.
    "I really encourage members to take things home that they loved, and they knew they were going to use every day," he said.
    Currently eight people work at the gym, and Whitted said he plans to keep paying them for as long as the shutdown lasts.
    "My staff will not miss a single dollar for their paycheck for as long as it takes," he said.