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CrossFit Serenity: How we're training through COVID-19

Dear Serenity Nation,

COVID-19 is creating worldwide pandemonium, but we want to share some good news with you.

1st: You’ve done everything you can to prepare yourself for any sickness. Strong, fit people are hard to kill, and they bounce back faster. You’ve taken good care of yourself, you eat well and you’re tough. The Coronavirus is actually worried about you.

2nd: In Hopkinsville, we’re relatively far from the major hubs where the virus is spreading so far. 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.

3rd: Spring is on the way, so we will be able to get outside more frequently once it warms up a bit.

4th: We are in close contact with a massive number of gyms, many of which are experiencing things prior to us. We’re learning from them so we can help you.

General Procedures

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 kyle@crossfitsernity with a list of available equipment and space, and we’ll put something 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, please do your best to cover your mouth with a tissue or an elbow rather than a hand.

– Clean off any equipment you’ve used. We have disinfectant on hand, along with paper towels, wipes & spray.

Long-Term Plans

Given the worldwide situation, there is a real possibility that gyms and other public spaces will be forced to shut down. We’ll listen for all info from state and federal authorities and follow their procedures.

Should we be forced to close our doors, we won't stop coaching or running training sessions. We will use social media to program and demonstrate workouts. We take a lot of pride in being a beacon: We never go dark. And we want you to keep working out, even if we can't do it at 3300A Canton Pike. You didn’t pay for access to a facility. You pay for coaching and we can provide that online.

We will post workouts every day, 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 these sessions. We’re up for the challenge.

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. Walmart generally carries dumbbells and kettlebells and there are tons of online retailers. Select a weight that you would use in a conditioning workout (25-, 35- and 53 lb. kettlebells are common, as are 20- and 40- lb. dumbbells). These will be your primary piece of at-home fitness equipment. Don’t worry: You can stay extremely fit with just one kettlebell or dumbbell.

If you have the resources, acquire a few different objects, perhaps one heavy object and one light. Maybe a couple different ones. If you have additional cash, pick up anything else you might want—it can all go to the garage when things return to normal. If you don’t have extra money laying around, get creative. Fill some jugs with water, clean off that old tire in the garage, find some old tractor weights, etc.

Make a space where you can work out with “Serentiy 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, Facebook, & Zoom accounts if you don’t have them. We’ll likely use one or all of those platforms to run workouts.

Make sure you have a way to set up a phone, PC, or tablet so you can see and hear us during the online workouts.

Big props to the Internet!

We obviously hope there are no breaks in service at our gym, but if it is in the best interest of our clients, we will close.

But we will not leave you high and dry. We’ll be offering the same enthusiasm, programming, and energy over the World Wide Web. You’re a person who trains and works out, period We’re going to everything we can to be sure that continues.

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