Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Dear Forte Fam,
Right now, going to the gym may be the sole way of bringing a little normality back into our suddenly hectic, vulnerable lives.
Multiple members have told me this, so we are going to keep that going as long as we responsibly can.
We need to work as a team to continue to keep the doors open. For the foreseeable future, every class should include the actions below:
Handwashing multiple times throughout the hour, clean and wipe down equipment before and after each use, be cognizant of what equipment you touch and limit touching your face, don’t share equipment, etc. If you are sick or if you’ve interacted with some who’s been sick, stay at home.
This includes communication. If you, or anyone you’ve recently interacted with has COVID-19, please inform us as soon as possible. If you are concerned about something else, let me know as soon as you can.
​​​​​​​It is also very important for us to be transparent about what we are working through to try to support you all during this (hopefully) once-in-a-lifetime event.
As you know, we are a small business, and many of our expenses will exist regardless of whether or not we continue to hold classes. We are hoping the community helps us weather this storm and we intend on offering classes as long as possible. This pandemic is considered a force majeure. Should we close temporarily, it is similar to having to close for a snow day or a few, but we will do everything we can to continue to provide value to your membership. Additionally, while we are taking extra precautions at the gym, we also understand there are some of you who may not feel comfortable coming in to class either for yourself or those close to you who may be at high risk, so we are adding some additional opportunities to support everyone’s health and fitness at this time. This includes:
-At home workout programming (I will begin writing at home workouts that include mostly body weight exercises)
-Ability to check out 1 piece of equipment from the gym (such as a kettlebell, slam ball, dumbbell, medicine ball, etc) starting tomorrow, Wednesday 18th. This obviously only applies to Forte members in current good standing who plan on staying on as Forte members and it must be done using the checkout form at the gym.
We also understand some people are going to take a hit financially. We already have, but because of the support you’ve shown us, if we can, we want to help you. If you are facing financial hardship with this pandemic, PLEASE reach out so we can see what we can do to support you.
We are hoping we can get through this as a community. Our expectation is that a lot of businesses will be back to normal operations (plus extra sanitation and social distancing precautions) in the next couple weeks. In the meantime, support each other, practice excellent hygiene, stay home if you or your family members are sick, and keep the lines of communication open.
Together, we are going to overcome.
Evan, Katelyn and the Forte Team

Workout of the Day

Deadlift + Double-unders
Every 2 minutes, for 20 minutes (10 sets):
40 Double-unders
3 Deadlifts

Starting at a moderate load, increase by feel

Rx+ 60 double-unders

Every minute, for 10 minutes:
10 Kettlebell Swings
Max Power Cleans

Rx+ 70/53, 185 / 130


Midline/Ab Work
Every minute, for 12 minutes (3 rounds):
Min 1) Butterfly Sit-ups
Min 2) Left Arm Side Forearm Plank
Min 3) Flutter Kicks
Min 4) Right Arm Side Forearm Plank

The goal is to work for 30-40 continuous seconds each minute.

Set a clock to 20 minutes (ideally you have a wrist watch)
60 seconds of running
25 air squats
10 push-ups
5 burpee broad jumps

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