COVID-19 Update March 14, 2020
By Tania Tetrault Vrga
Dear North Star Family,
With all the craziness of the Corona Virus going on, it’s important to focus on what we can control. This might seem obvious, but the world is currently filled with fear and panic — which doesn’t help much! So while the coronavirus is creating a lot of chaos, there are many bright spots and aspects we can control. Here are just a few:
No. 1: You’ve prioritized your health and fitness. You’ve done everything you can to prepare for anything. You’re strong and healthy, and you have an iron will earned through training. That virus is going to have a fight on its hands if it runs into you.
No. 2: People in Winnipeg have time to prepare. While gyms in Italy and Denmark have been shut down, we have time to plan. We’ll be very prepared to help our clients stay fit as governments work to manage the pandemic.
No. 3: Spring is on the way, and we’ll be able to use large, well ventilated outside spaces soon.
No. 4: We’re talking to the best gym owners and business mentors daily to learn how we can serve our clients best right now. We know people around the world, and as a client of ours, you’ll benefit from that. You can expect a world-class response to the coronavirus. Read on.
We want to let you know that we are ACTIVELY working through this temporary challenge, and we have a clear plan of action that we want to share with you. You are our top priority — you always have been, and always will be.
So, number one, we’ve increased all sanitization at the gym. We’ve always been on top of it, but now we’re taking it to an extreme level, just to be safe. This includes using industrial strength cleaner multiple times a day on everything with human contact!
We will keep you updated on any class suspensions or schedule changes, however, at the moment, we plan to remain open unless we are forced to close.
We understand that some of you may choose to self-isolate early, and if you do we will have at-home workouts customized to each and every one of our members, more on that below.
Short Term Plans
In the short term, please observe the following:
– Most important of all: Don’t come to the gym if you are feeling ill, have disease symptoms or have been in contact with someone with symptoms. If you currently have any symptoms, have travelled recently, or work in a high risk location such as a hospital, we ask that you not come to the gym. If you fall into one of these categories, we still recommend that you keep up your exercise regimen to keep your immune system strong. We’ve got your back, simply email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org with your equipment list and a description of your space. We’ll keep you moving with a customized plan and coach accountability. Please plan to use this option to train at home if you are under the weather.
– Wash your hands often with warm water and lots of soap. Scrub and sing “Happy Birthday” to make sure you’re washing long enough. Don’t touch your face.
– If you sneeze or cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with a tissue or an elbow.
– Thoroughly clean any equipment you touch. All cleaning supplies will be on hand.
We are preparing in case the government-mandated closures in other places happen here. As a leader in the fitness industry, we have a huge network of resources, and we’re using that to make a solid plan.
If we must close, we will not stop providing you with coaching, programming and inspiration. We will use the internet to program and instruct workouts. We take a lot of pride in being a rock for our clients, and we’ll make sure you keep working out even if the government wants you to do it at home. You pay us for coaching, and we will deliver it without interruption.
We will program workouts every day, with precise instruction customized for you. We’ll tell you how to use household items, and we’ll leverage technology to coach you. We are more than prepared for this.
To help you prepare, here’s a to-do list from North Star Fitness:
- Go out and buy a kettlebell or a set of dumbbells and some resistance bands. You can probably get something for about $100 or less. Check out White Lion Athletics, they will help you get set up quickly. Select a weight that you would use in a conditioning workout (25-, 35- and 55 lb. kettlebells are common, as are 15-, 20 and 35- 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 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. Even if all you have is your body and the floor, don’t worry, we’ve got amazing bodyweight workouts that will do the job.
- Make a space where you can work out with “North Star 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.
- Make sure you have a way to set up a phone or iPad so you can easily see your workouts and communicate with your coach.
- High-five the Internet.
We sincerely hope to avoid any government-mandated closures, but we are prepared for everything.
You will be taken care of.
We’ll show the exact same enthusiasm and care over the internet. You won’t get a physical fist bump after a great workout, but we are doubling down on our emoji game.
We know that walking into a new gym can be intimidating and that starting a new fitness plan can be daunting. But we are here to help. Everyone starts with a private consult. Schedule an appointment today to discuss how we can help you achieve your full potential!