Loyola Marymount University

Journalism Capstone December 2020

by Madison Reynolds

For my senior Journalism Capstone, I filmed a documentary about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the fitness industry, specifically local, boutique fitness studios in the South Bay area. "Essential" tells the stories of a handful of business owners who battle the reopening procedures set by the State of California, and how the California Fitness Alliance is challenging them.
The accompanying article, "From Tiger King to Chloe Ting: How fitness broke the Internet but not the bank in 2020" describes the positive impact of the shift online for fitness influencers, social media, and at-home workout equipment.
Thank you to my subjects Nicole Ferrier, Dr. Saskia Popescu, Manuri Ratasinghe, Francesca Schuler, Emily Shapiro, Amber Susa, and Ben Udarbe for your time and space these last four months.