Tulsa trainer back on the job describes how he made ends meet

Posted at 3:36 PM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 20:10:31-04

TULSA, Okla. — As some Green Country employees return to work, others are still wondering when they will be able to get back on the job as the pandemic leaves businesses closed.

Many Tulsa gym employees are back at work, including Maurico Ferguson, who is a personal trainer at Hardbody Gym. He spent four weeks away from work, a month that he says was difficult.

“I’ve been alive 31 years and I never thought I’d experience what’s going on right now,” Ferguson said. "It was the hardest thing for me because I’m a full-time personal trainer. I do this 15 hours per day, so this was my only source of income.”

With three kids to think about, Ferguson knew he needed some way to keep food on the table. So he got to work, starting with Facebook Live videos of daily workouts, asking for donations from his clients. Then, he hit the road driving for DoorDash, until the gym was finally allowed to reopen.

"You can’t look at it so much as a downfall or a bad thing, take it as a blessing," Ferguson said about the time spent at home. "Spend time with your family, spend time with people you love. Just make the most of whatever is going to bring you peace and happiness, because it’s a terrible time right now.”

Ferguson says now, life is back to being as normal as it can be. He says he will never forget the past four weeks, and that lesson he took from all the uncertainty.

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