3. SOUNDBITE (English) Sakai Harrison, personal trainer:
"I went up there with intentions to start my brand, expand it and get into personal training and fitness and I did that. So, I didn't fail. It just kind of took a left turn out of nowhere. Which nobody could have accounted for. So, moving here and being able to pick up the ball, still have new clientele, be able to expand on my brand from what I did in New York, I can't complain."
4. Sakai Harrison watches as his client Terence Pollin lifts weights
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Sakai Harrison, personal trainer, when asked about not wearing masks during sessions:
"At this point it's really a personal preference, because it's like, you could stay in the house, but people have caught COVID and some people have not come back from it in the house. No contact with anybody. I know a couple of cases. Then you have people who travel throughout the country there and back and nothing happens. So, it's like you don't really know. You have to kind of roll the dice and go with it."
6. Harrison looks on as his clients do deep knee bends
Sakai Harrison moved to New York to try to make it as a personal trainer and designer, but his gym shuttered early in the pandemic.
After weeks of struggling to both pay the rent and put food in his fridge, he knew what he had to do: move back to Georgia for greater stability.
In May, he left his Brooklyn apartment and its $1,595 monthly rent for Atlanta. When the first of the month rolls around, his new place will cost him about $400 less - and it's larger.
Americans struggling amid the economic fallout once again have to worry as their next rent checks come due Aug. 1.
Many left jobless by the crisis are already behind on payments. And the arrival of August brings new anxieties.
A supplemental $600 in weekly federal unemployment benefits that helped many pay their bills is set to expire as July ends, with Congress bogged down in disagreement over a new round of aid.
Harrison is training with a few one-on-one clients in the Atlanta, and he's launched a boot camp with a dozen more.
This week, he met four of them at a park, where they did lunging squats, pull-ups and a military-like crawl.
Harrison then led them into a gym for dumbbell exercises. They didn't wear masks for virus protection - Harrison says they take precautions, but pointed out that the state doesn't mandate face coverings.
"At this point it's really a personal preference ... people have caught COVID and some people have not come back from it," Harrison said. "Then you have people who travel throughout the country there and back and nothing happens. So, it's like you don't really know. You have to kind of roll the dice and go with it."
Harrison modeled the proper form and pace, corrected the men when needed and gently teased them when they tired or slowed down. Some shot barbs back, and Harrison smiled.