The coronavirus is creating worldwide panic, but we wanted to share some good news with you.
First: You’ve done everything you can to prepare yourself for a sickness. Strong, fit people are hard to kill, and they bounce back fast. You’ve taken care of yourself. You eat well and you’re tough as nails. Coronavirus is worried about you.
Second: In Orlando, we’re well away from places like China, Italy, Seattle and New York. That gives us some time to prepare. We have friends abroad who are already in very tough positions, but we’ve got a little time to make plans. And, we’ve done and are doing just that… planning. We had a staff meeting at 12:30 today, and everyone is on board.
Third: Spring is coming. It is already hot in Florida. I spoke with a client this morning who is the CEO of a major hospital, and he said once temperatures hit the 90s, COVID-19 is going to have a tough time surviving.
Fourth: We’re in close contact with a huge number of gym owners… proactive awesome gym owners at that. We are contact with our mentors. We’re learning from them so we can help you and put plans in place. Read on.
In the short term, please observe the following:
- First and foremost, do not come to the gym if you start to feel sick or show any symptoms of disease. If you feel ill but would still like to work out, email email@example.com with a list of available equipment and space, and we’ll put something personalized together for you. Please do not come to the gym if you are under the weather.
- Wash your hands regularly with lots of soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Scrub vigorously. Avoid touching your face.
- When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with a tissue or an elbow rather than a hand. And, wash your hands immediately after.
- Clean off any equipment you’ve used. We’ve already made sure that POTENT disinfectant is on hand, along with paper towels. We set up sanitation stations & have also set up a pesticide sprayer with a 9:1 water:bleach solution. We are spraying down the entire gym at least twice a day, flooring (mats and turf) included.
Given the worldwide situation, there is the potential that gyms and other public spaces will be forced to shut down. We’ll listen for all info from the government and follow its procedures.
Should we be forced to shut down, we will not stop coaching or running training sessions. We are in talks with Celebration Parks & Rec regarding renting fields in town to conduct bootcamp style workouts. In a total lockdown situation, we will use Zoom (think Skype, but for businesses) to conduct classes, personal training sessions, nutrition consults, goal reviews, and potential client meetings.
We take a lot of pride in being a lighthouse: We never go dark. And, we want you to keep working out, even if the government won’t let you do it at 58 Riley Road. You didn’t pay for access to a facility. You can get that at a Globo Gym (think Gold’s Gym/LA Fitness). You paid for COACHING, and we are experts at that. Luckily, in the world of technology, we can provide that online.
In the future, we will continue to post workouts every day, and we’ll add detailed descriptions, as well as options using common household items. We will also use technology to connect with you and lead you through sessions while your peers are connected at the same time. We’re up for the challenge. If major lockdown measures occur, we will move to a personalized programming model. You will continue to see value. We refuse to just post a general “At-Home” workout and say “go for it, we’ll talk to you when the world resumes” – CCF will continue. We are out in front of this.
Here’s what you can do to prepare for this possibility:
- Go out and buy a kettlebell or a set of dumbbells. You can probably get something for about $100 or less. Academy is minutes from the gym, and there are tons of online retailers (Amazon, Rogue Fitness, etc.). Select a weight that you would use in a conditioning workout (25-, 35- and 55 lb. kettlebells are common, as are 20- and 40- lb. dumbbells). This will be your primary piece of at-home fitness equipment. Don’t worry: You can stay very fit with just one kettlebell or dumbbell.
- If you have the cash, buy one heavy object and one lighter object. Maybe a few different ones. If you have additional cash, pick up anything else you might want—it can all go to the shed when things are back to normal (you could even store it at the box). If you don’t have cash, get creative. Fill some jugs with water, clean off that old tire in the garage, fill a bag with books. Get creative.
- If purchasing equipment is out of the question, we will be renting out equipment.
- Make a space where you can work out with “CCF Online”. It should be about 8 feet by 8 feet. Just don’t knock over plants or do a burpee on the dog’s tail.
- Create Instagram and Facebook accounts if you don’t have them. We’ll likely use those platforms to communicate A LOT of info.
- Make sure you have a way to set up a phone or iPad so you can see and hear us during the online session.
- High-five the Internet.
We hope there are no breaks in service at our gym, but if we are required to close due to local regulations, we will.
But, we will not leave you high and dry. We’ll be offering the same enthusiasm, programming and energy over the Internet. You’re a person who works out. And, we’re going to make sure that continues. This is not the time to stop working out. Your immune system depends on it.
As always, we thank you. We are here for all of you during this time of need. Let us know if you have any questions.
Erik & Kaycie Lipetz — Owners @ Celebration CrossFit