An update from Coach LaMonte and Julie – Owners of CrossFit West of the River.
As a matter of civic duty and out of an abundance of caution as the COVID-19 threat continues to grow, WOR is taking preemptive measures to do our part to help slow the spread of this virus. It is a terrifying threat for a small business to close its doors to an invisible enemy, but as I have often learned throughout my life, the hard choice is usually the right choice.
We strive to be leaders in our community and I can’t in good conscience continue to risk the lives of others so we can do a few snatches. Not to mention the well being of our coaches and all of you.
Starting Wednesday, March 18, we will close our physical location for group classes. We plan on staying closed until at least April 6, however, this is subject to the spread of the virus. It very well may go longer.
While our physical location may be closed, we are set on upholding our promise to educate, empower, energize, and elevate you while staying connected to the community that inspires us everyday. As many work from home during this time, maintaining your workout routine is crucial to not only your physical health, but mental health as well. Many of us find stress relief from working out, and we want to help everyone reduce their stress during these challenging times.
During the shut-down, This is what we’ll be doing:
Online Group Coaching
We will program workouts every day, and DELIVER THEM TO YOU PERSONALLY. These will be bodyweight focused workouts with little to no equipment needed. Every member of WOR will be assigned a coach. We’re going to reach out to each member individually each day to go over the workout, tailor it to your specific goals and make it work with the space and equipment you have available.
We have a thoughtful, no BS program for the entire community (coaches included) to not only maintain but IMPROVE during this time. Expect workout tracking, PRs, improvement in your conditioning, and muscle stamina gains.
We’ll be checking in EVERY day to hold you accountable and provide other coaching and guidance on things like Mindset and Nutrition. We’ll invite you to communicate with your assigned coach starting tomorrow.
We recently began the launch of a new Online Coaching platform. This service is $229/month with nutrition coaching and $149/month without nutrition coaching. It’s super valuable because of the one-on-one accountability and tailoring of workouts to your space/needs. Starting Thursday, March 19th, you’re going to get all the same benefits for your regular monthly membership rate. You may end up loving it so much you actually want to stick with it once this is all over!
We will be focusing heavily on nutrition during this time since it’s something that still remains in our control. Expect some mini challenges and lots of nutrition education.
CrossFit Varsity and JV will also be moving online – get ready to workout WITH your kids at home. Coach Billie will also be sending Brain WODs so we can work their bodies and minds.
One of our five pillars of health is relationships. Honestly, it’s the most important one. We’re going to NEED each other to lean on. We’re going to need support and encouragement. We’ll need someone to make us laugh. The WORtribe has been and will be there for just that purpose. If you’re not in our members group on Facebook I really encourage you to create an account even if it’s just to be a member of that group. It will help with accountability and give you some level of connection…which we’re all going to sorely miss.
We will be hosting Zoom classes throughout the week as well, so if you miss working out WITH a coach or your buddies, you can virtually be together – and actually chat a little, work out, laugh, cheer each other on. We will post the link to the class (as well as days/times these classes will happen) in our FaceBook group.
If the weather is nice, and we have plenty of space, we will meet in the park for a WOD!
We will have fun little challenges for you to participate in as well – and win prizes! More on that soon 🙂
As you all know, we are a small locally owned business. My responsibilities are to keep my customers safe, to be a leader in our community, and to provide a living for our full time staff. If your salary is guaranteed by your employer during this time we’d really appreciate your continued support as we all get through whatever is coming our way. This will enable us to take care of our coaches, who can then take care of you with remote coaching/accountability. If you’ve been immediately hit financially (e.g. hourly wage/hospitality industry) please talk to us, and we will do our part to help you where we can.
What challenged me yesterday, last week, last year, pales in comparison to today’s challenges. But I remain undeterred. This is just another obstacle to overcome, and success in that challenge begins with a mindset and ends with teamwork. Pick an uplifting/motivating phrase to focus on, stick with your tribe, and continue to crush everything.
We sincerely thank each and every one of you for your support.