As part of our ongoing Affiliate advice series, Kari Kirkendall, the events and media director for Widespread CrossFit, shares what precautions they are taking and how they are keeping members safe while being reopen.
Widespread CrossFit is located in Broomfield, Colorado.
Like many other businesses throughout the U.S., Widespread CrossFit is following all of their state and county guidelines regarding the number of people allowed in the business. Additionally, they are ensuring athletes can maintain proper distance from each other while working out.
“Our class sizes are limited based on those guidelines given to us — no more than four athletes at a time — and we have taped our gym off to indicate the areas athletes will be working out in,” said Kirkendall.
To ensure there is plenty of time to clean and sanitize both the Box and the equipment, Widespread CrossFit has been staggering class times, leaving a minimum of 30 minutes between any classes to properly sanitize and clean the space before and after all classes.
“Athletes aren’t putting equipment away until after class and after it’s sanitized,” said Kirkendall. “And we are requiring hand washing and hand sanitizing as they enter and exit the gym, as well.”
In addition to staggered classes and limited class sizes, Kirkendall said the Box got rid of their community chalk buckets and are not turning on the fans in their Box in an effort to try to prevent any germ spreading.
In order to respect those who do not feel comfortable returning to the Box quite yet, Kirkendall said Widespread CrossFit is still offering all their virtual classes so they can continue to work out at home until they are ready to return.
While classes may look and operate differently, Kirkendall said they are excited to be back doing what they love with their community.