The COVID-19 outbreak has people all over the globe in a panic — and for good reason. This isn’t a small matter to gloss over, and the fact that schools and major institutions are closing in response to it tells you it’s not a joke. Thankfully, many people are taking precautions, one of which is avoiding major social gatherings.

As such, I approached the workout today with a certain expectation: that we may not have a big group today, and that it may be something we have to get used to going forward. I wouldn’t blame anyone for not wanting to come, even with all the safety precautions Elin laid out for us. (Which, in hindsight, was very smart…thanks as always, Elin.)

What I Expected

My expectations were roundly squashed when 36 people walked up to the Rock at 6:00AM, ready to rock and roll. We kept our distance, keeping the bounce a little wider than usual, but today was the biggest group we’ve had in a few weeks. Thanks to some preparation and adjustments, our community has proven that they feel comfortable coming to workout every week with us, despite the fact that a scary virus is making its way into our neighborhood.

What Really Happened

Today’s turnout made me realize something: that respecting and acknowledging something like COVID-19 is the right thing to do, for a lot of reasons. But that doesn’t mean we have to create a bubble to walk around in, or that we can’t leave the house. (At least not yet, anyway.) We can be smart about contact with others, and still enjoy the presence of community and free fitness.

That’s one Good Looking, Socially Distant Group Photo!

I’m grateful for this community, but even more so during times of uncertainty. We’re all in this together, and today proved that in spades.
–Matt West

Safety First Because We Care

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