Sweat Factory: How we are going to continue to train you through COVID- 19

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Dear Sweat Factory Family,

As the concern worldwide over the Corona Virus (COVID-19) increases, we wanted to assure you of the precautions that we are taking in order to get in front of the situation.

At Sweat Factory we have created a community of cleanliness. We pride ourselves on having one the cleanest CrossFit gyms around. In fact, one of our members said our gym was cleaner than their house. We have already built in habits at the gym for cleaning and wiping down anything that we have touched, breathed, sweat, or bled on. One of our goals has always been to keep our gym safe from infections and sickness.

We’ve been taking precautions already:

  • We’ve been cleaning EVERY handle/surface before, during and after classes
  • You, our members, have become so OCD and you’re cleaning like it’s a part of a superset, EMOM, Tabata.. you get the idea and we thank you.
  • We will be putting hand sanitizer out (when it is available again.

What we ask of you:

  • If you’re sick, getting over being sick, have been in contact with someone who is sick, or might be getting sick, please stay home. Don’t even question this. This includes if you’re “a little sick” or “not contagious anymore.” The same rules apply to any kiddos you bring with you. If you show up sick or getting over being sick, you will be asked to go home and get 100% better.
  • If you have traveled recently we ask that you stay home and avoid the gym for the appropriate time given bu the CDC. (It is one week as of now)
  • Skip the high fives, fist bumps, and hugs. Just don’t touch each other. (This hurts my heart – Air fives will do!)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect everything you use/touch during class with our spray bottles and rag. (Don’t forget about those jump rope handles, the rig, and PVC pipes!) We use OdoBan disinfectant cleaner in our spray bottles – which is rated as a hospital-grade germicide, virucide, bactericide, and fungicide. And registered with the EPA. Learn more here – link to this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3cs16WYFkg
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before/after class; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Not sure how long 20 seconds is? Try singing “twinkle twinkle little star”!

Long-Term Plans

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 the 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 will use social media to program and instruct workouts. 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 Sweat Factory. You didn’t pay for access to a facility. You paid for coaching, and we can provide that online.

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. We’re up for the challenge.

Here’s what you can do to prepare for this possibility:

  1. Go out and buy a kettlebell or a set of dumbbells. You can probably get something for about $100 or much less. Fitness Experience is minutes from the gym, and there are tons of online retailers. 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.
  2. 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 cottage when things are back to normal. If you don’t have cash, get creative. Fill some jugs with water, clean off that old tire in the garage, and so on. 
  3. Make a space where you can work out with “ Sweat Factory 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.
  4. Create Instagram and Facebook accounts if you don’t have them. We’ll likely use those platforms to run workouts.
  5. Make sure you have a way to set up a phone or iPad so you can see and hear us during the online session.
  6. High-five the Internet.

We hope there are no breaks in service at our gym, but if we are required to close, 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.

Our mission is to continue to provide our members with the best support to remain healthy, strong, and at peak immunity during this very weird/challenging time.

We are grateful that the majority of our members get it and are with us for the long haul. We’re here to support everyone whether they choose to train with us in person or in the comforts of their own home.

Thanks for reading this l-o-n-g email. We’ll keep you posted on any changes and we assure you that we will be rolling with the punches and adapting to the needs of the community. Thank you so so much for all your support and for not leading with fear during this time.

Take the first step towards getting the results you want!


Take the first step towards getting the results you want!