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San Diego gym owners trying to stay afloat amid pandemic closure

Posted at 6:57 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-02 11:33:28-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Just like other businesses around San Diego, Cali4Fitness has had to close its doors to their loyal members.

But if anyone can overcome adversity, it's gym owners Tato Silva and his wife Jillian. Silva came to San Diego four years ago not knowing any English, but he came to America's finest city with a dream to one day own his own gym.

"I found my passion in Brazil for fitness. When I came to San Diego I was washing dishes every single day and working doubles," said Silva.

Cali4fitness became reality in 2016, when Silva and Jillian trained members in a park, but even that wasn't always easy.

"The park ranger shows up, shuts down my class and says, hey you're not supposed to be here."

But despite these tough times, Silva and his wife remain positive. They look at the COVID-19 pandemic as just another bump in the road. Jillian says as gym owners, they must think outside the box.

"We created an on-line training program with daily live workouts via Zoom," said Jillian. "We are also doing free workouts for our community, via social media, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at noon."

And at Cali4fitness they aren't afraid of a challenge.

"We have no doubt we are getting through this. We are constantly innovating, evolving, and finding solutions."