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Local fitness studios raising money for the Idaho Food Bank through virtual workouts

Posted at 5:17 PM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 12:12:49-04

BOISE — Most fitness studios have switched to virtual workouts since COVID-19 shut down all gyms. But, the local Treasure Valley fitness community is rallying together to support the Idaho Food Bank.

Pure Barre of Boise created Treasure Valley Sweat Rally to raise money for the Idaho Food Bank to help keep their pantry stocked during the pandemic.

"For me as a small business owner, I was just feeling like with everything up in the air and so much uncertainty I just wanted to be able to do something good for our community," said the owner of Pure Barre Boise, Nina Banducci.

Participants of the event will get to choose what workouts they want to do from a lineup of 12 different local workout studios. The classes are donation-based with an encouraged minimum amount of $20 to drop in.

"The platform we have to give back to this community even with this small event that is directed towards giving money to the Food Bank it was an easy decision for our staff and our athletes to be a part of," said the General Manager of D1 Training, Tanner Lowry. "The fitness community in Boise is really tight-knit and a great platform for giving back to our community."

The event takes place Sat., April 25 and Sun., April 26. The workouts will be around 45 minutes in length and will start on the hour, every hour beginning at 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"I am encouraging people to do as many classes as they can, and the cool thing about this is trying a new fitness class can be intimidating, and so everyone kind of gets a taste of what's going on around the Treasure Valley from the comfort of their own home," said Banducci.

Their goal is to raise five thousand dollars for the Foodbank. They also partnered with Boise Juice Company and Lost Grove Brewing. For anyone who donates to Treasure Valley Sweat Rally, Boise Juice Company will give them a virtual gift certificate for a free regular-sized drink or bowl. If you buy a 6-pack from lost Grove on Saturday, they are donating $2.50 of every pack sold to the Idaho Food Bank.

"Giving back to the community is the most important aspect of this. It's giving back to a community that has been so receptive of us in the past year," said Lowry.

To sweat it out in support of the Idaho Foodbank, visit givebutter.com/tvsweatrally to make your donation. Once you have donated, Banducci will invite you to their private Facebook page, where you'll have access to the Facebook Live workouts.