It’s hard to know where to begin, honestly. When we made the decision to close the gym 11 days ago, we were completely heartbroken. CrossFit Merced is the place we all have come to depend on, and while that dependency may start with fitness, it extends to many other areas of our lives. We’ve developed routines, relationships, and legitimate friendships that have started inside the gym but moved into our homes. We share our lives together, which has made this pandemic and “shelter in place” mandate so difficult for all of us.
For Anthony and I, we fully understood that closing our doors for an indefinite period would have a profound impact on our business. We also realized that impact paled in comparison to our obligation to you, our valued clients and friends. So it really wasn’t a choice for us. We absolutely had to do our part in helping prevent the spread of this virus.
It has also been our pleasure to be able to lend out equipment so you can continue, however differently, on your fitness journey. We are in the process of creating work out videos from coaches so you can see what we are doing and use those workouts, as well. We are tagging each other in pictures and videos to stay accountable to each other.
It has been a joy, though not a surprise, to see our community rally around each other virtually and digitally. Although we can’t be close in physical proximity, we are doing our best to remain close through pictures, videos, challenges, and hashtags.
And as we adjust to this new, but hopefully temporary normal, we want to say thank you for your continued support of CrossFit Merced. Without it, we wouldn’t have a place to return to when this mess is over. As the first of the month is upon us and memberships become due, we can’t stress enough how thankful we are that nobody is jumping ship.
CrossFit Merced is a labor of love for us. The community we’ve helped to build, the culture we’ve helped to create – we need these things as much as you, and have every intention of continuing where we left off as soon as we possibly can. In fact, we are currently discussing plans to revamp our kids area and implement a noontime class for open gym during the week. We listened to your suggestions seriously, and want to provide the absolute best product we can.
This week we will be sanitizing and cycling through equipment: if you’ve had a barbell or a rower for a week, please plan on trading it in for another piece of equipment so all our members can have periodic access to that gear.
We love and miss you all and look forward to seeing you in person, sweating and laughing together, sooner than later.
Matt Davis and Anthony DeJager