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After closing amid COVID, Raleigh gym owner says business is recovering

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RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – JoJo Polk is no stranger to adversity.

The former arena soccer star spent almost a decade on the gridiron. He broke his neck while playing soccer and was paralyzed.

However, Polk would rebound and return to the field. Nearly two decades after his full recovery, he is the owner of CORE Fitness Studio in Raleigh.

He hopes to get back on his feet again.

“I think they think we all want hope,” he said. “We’ve seen familiar faces coming back to the gym, and we’ve seen a lot more new faces as well, and I think it’s going to be okay going forward,” Polk added.

After the mask mandate was lifted and COVID-19 cases fell, Polk said gym membership has increased and he’s even added more instructors.

CORE Fitness has been in a different room since CBS 17 first visited in January.

Back then, The gym seemed about to close.

“I was really worried that these might be our last days,” Polk said.

That’s why he says they’ve launched an online fundraiser. To date, CORE Fitness has raised nearly $40,000.

“It’s almost surreal. We give so much to the community. Just that they returned the favor meant a lot to us,” Polk said.

While Polk is optimistic, he said they’re not over the hill just yet.

“I’m not quite asleep yet, but I think things are starting to get back to normal,” he said, smiling.

Polk also recently put together a documentary on YouTubewhich enters into his personal journey.

He said although classes are larger now, they still have a cap to keep people safe.

https://www.cbs17.com/news/local-news/wake-county-news/after-facing-closure-amid-covid-raleigh-gym-owner-says-business-is-bouncing-back/ After closing amid COVID, Raleigh gym owner says business is recovering

DUSTIN JONES

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