ROSEDALE—Although gyms across Maryland have been open for over a month, some people may still be hesitant to return. However, for those that feel comfortable but lack the motivation to return to a gym, BASA Gym in Rosedale is providing a unique incentive—by being dog friendly.

“We are fortunate to be in a really good location and have a great client base. There’s a lot of positive energy and it’s just a very welcoming atmosphere for people,”Jason Morstein, Owner and head coach at Baltimore Area Strength Athletes ( BASA) gym said.

The welcoming atmosphere at BASA is due in large part to the dogs that come in with their owners. The gym has seen around 10 different dogs come in since Morstein opened in 2016 and there are about 4 dogs that come in on a regular basis—something that gym members love about BASA.

“The amount of joy that is on people’s faces when Z walks in is great. It puts everyone in a good mood. I walk in and people are not that excited to see me!” Morstein laughed.

Z is Morstein’s big friendly dog who was the gym’s first regular four legged member.

“We take him all over the place, whether we are traveling to see family or going on hikes. When we were opening this facility he was with us all of the time and he loves people so he was with us when we started building a client base,” Morstein said.

“People loved seeing him so it kind of triggered others to say, ‘hey, can we bring our dog in?’.”

Morstein said he understands dogs and their owners may have gotten more attached to each other due to the Coronavirus causing people to be at home more. That is why he wants to make it easier for people to get back to their routines by allowing people to bring their dogs into the gym.

“I have no problem with people bringing their dog in and trying it out. We have a little fence we set up that people can put their dog in or some people will just keep them next to them while they are lifting,” Morstein said.

“We have just a few simple rules. If a dog is uncomfortable and is barking a lot or gets in the way of people they are not allowed. They can’t just run around because it’s not only dangerous for them if something gets dropped on them but it’s dangerous for everyone else.”

So, wether you want to practice olympic-style training, crossfit, join a barbell club or simply just get back to your own personal work out routine, BASA gym can offer that, all with the company of some furry friends.

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