This is kind of long but please take time to read.
EC’s owners and trainers have been having many discussions around how to best serve our members and look out for their wellbeing at the same time. What we are dealing with here is unprecedented. There are no books to read, articles to reference, older generations to ask, no one knows the right answer for responding to this. We’re trying to find a solution that is somewhere between 100% normal and 100% hysterical.
Before we make any decisions on how to operate over the next couple of weeks I wanted to talk a little bit about the history of this gym. When we started this in 2015 our goal was to be the best place to work out in our area. I’ll be the first to say that at times we’ve fallen short of this. But I also think that the majority of time we’ve been quite successful. Since day one Shanna and I have not paid ourselves, not even a single penny, from any revenue that the gym generates. Every bit of it goes right back into the gym for things like equipment, free childcare, free yoga, parties, events, sports team donations and on and on. Over the last 2 years a large portion has been donated to people or places in the community that have a need. Often this is done behind the scenes with no recognition sought simply because it’s what our hearts told us to do. We’ve not raised membership rates, not a single penny, since 2015 to spite our expenses continuing to increase. We’re ok with this because we’re still covering our obligations and our goal hasn’t changed around having the best gym possible. What’s ahead is unknown and like many other small businesses it could get challenging. For some businesses it might be the end.
What we’re asking is for your continued support with whatever decisions we make. Please know that any decisions made can’t possibly make every single person happy. Please know that any decisions made aren’t to benefit Shanna, myself, or our trainers…they are to benefit each of you.
For the next couple of weeks we may have to find alternative ways to continue to deliver value to you and help you get workouts in each day. As trainers we are evaluating several options aimed at safe and effective fitness. Shanna has been in touch with the health department and I’ve been reaching out to CrossFit affiliate owners across the country to understand what they’re doing. We will share more information with you tomorrow and hopefully with have the next 2 weeks figured out.
Thanks for your support!
Kurt, Shanna, and your trainers