Felicia Lee-Sexton estimates she can be a month or two behind on lease funds for her health club till no less than subsequent yr.
The Ladies’s Well being and Health Heart in Stafford shut its doorways in late March, as a result of coronavirus pandemic. Lee-Sexton acquired no Paycheck Safety Program mortgage or authorities stimulus to maintain the enterprise afloat or her trainers on the payroll.
“It makes me unhappy as an African-American entrepreneur of a small enterprise that each one the cash went to giant companies, that are the final ones that wanted cash,” Lee-Sexton stated. “I’m nonetheless reeling from making an attempt to play catch-up; by God’s grace, my landlord is working with me.”
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This yr has been one tragedy after one other, she stated. First with the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown, adopted by huge unemployment and now with the homicide of George Floyd, a local Houstonian, which has sparked days of Black Lives Matter rallies and protests towards police brutality throughout the nation.
The ladies-only health club isn’t nearly bodily health. There are weekly Bible research, month-to-month remedy classes with a licensed skilled counselor and day by day check-ins in a members-only Fb group and Whatsapp.
Lee-Sexton was reluctant to start out streaming exercises on Zoom due to the lack of human contact. However she now understands there are individuals who might have all the time wished to work out however couldn’t for a variety of causes, so she’s going to proceed to livestream twice per week even when gyms are again to full capability.
Lee-Sexton will have a good time 27 years of sobrietyon June 16. To her, our bodies are temples and require bodily power, in addition to psychological and non secular care.
“I feel we’re a praying health club,” she stated. “It’s one factor on high of one other factor, however we are able to’t lose give attention to who we’re, what we stand for and preserving ourselves match mentally and bodily.”
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Lee-Sexton is certainly one of a number of Black health club house owners within the Houston space. Many are struggling post-lockdown with misplaced membership charges, however are nonetheless providing socially-distant coaching classes by appointment:
The Women’s Health and Fitness Center. Felicia Lee-Sexton, proprietor. 13645 Murphy, Suite 227, Stafford
Inner Me Studios. Nicole Phillips, proprietor. 2206 Emancipation
Hardcore Pilates. Wayne and Claire Davis, proprietor. 3801 Kirby, Suite 210
Feasts with Beasts. Marvin Lemond and Chris Caldwell, house owners. 3609 Emancipation
Fenixx Fitness. Antanique Landry, proprietor. 5325 Glenmont, Suite C
Yoga House. Jill Minard, proprietor. 1815 Cleburne, Suite C
Infinity Fitness Solutions. Kevin Johnson, proprietor. 311 S. Houston, Suite E, Humble
The Body Shop HTX. Ian Buchanan, proprietor. 2002 Oakdale
The ONE Fitness. Deon Johnson, proprietor. 6467 Westheimer
Digg Deep Fitness. Pleasure Diggs, proprietor. 2215 Lawrence
Reggie C Fitness. Reggie Collier, proprietor. 9331 Stella Hyperlink
Mean Green Training Center. Chris Inexperienced, proprietor. 6400 Southwest Freeway, Suite G
Dominic’s Ultimate Pilates Studio. Dominic Berry, proprietor. 821 Frostway
Glory Fitness. Christopher Boykins, proprietor. 5110 Ashbrook, Suite C
O Athletik. James Cooper, proprietor. 767 North Shepherd
Are you a Black health club proprietor and wish to be included on this checklist? E-mail your identify and site of your health club to well firstname.lastname@example.org.