Whimsical illustration of people playing sports.


Exercising with a Mask

October 27, 2020

In a recent Fortune op-ed, Alex Rothstein, M.S., instructor and coordinator for the B.S. in Exercise Science program, wrote that COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on the chronically ill has led Americans to realize that staying fit isn’t just about looking good, but also about staving off serious health problems.

When New York gyms reopened under strict guidelines, including that masks be worn at all times, many gymgoers wondered how a mask might affect their workouts. Would they still get in an intense workout, or would a mask prevent them from reaching their fitness goals?

Rothstein sets the record straight—and his answers may surprise you.

Open Photo Gallery