Statement from Metra Lundy, the owner of Kinetics and Kinetics Flow:
I hope you do not mind, but I rose today wanting to share a bit of my truth, and the truth that I have seen with my clients for over a decade now. The time for “yo-yoing” is over and long-lasting change is necessary. To get there though, we need three specific actions:
1. Honest and thoughtful assessment
2. The development of a realistic plan of action
3. Then swift, focused and discipline implementation of that plan
As a coach and trainer for over a decade, I am clear that whether you are talking about losing belly fat to ward off the dangers of heart disease, following protocols that prevent the spread of the Coronavirus or seeking justice for those who have been grossly and wrongly treated, the protocol is the same;
1. Assess, Plan, and Act
Kinetics and Kinetics Flow stand on a simple and clear set of core values; and, what is awesome is that those values are a shining light within our community.
I think we can all agree that the world feels extremely heavy at this moment. But, within that heaviness, I would like to thank my Kinetics, Kinetics Flow people as well as friends of our community for your commitment to doing the work. That is, the work of taking care of your physical selves; the work of developing your mind and extending positive perspectives out into the world; the work of standing for justice and healthy communities for all.
We train knowing that the dedicated time, energy, and efforts spent is what makes us better in our daily lives. We train knowing that we are not done. In fact, we have only scratched the surface. Fitness in all its forms (physically, mentally, and emotionally) is a life journey. And when done consistently, allows us to create healthy “selves”, raise healthy families that create healthy communities which then empowers us to create a healthy world.
So, to all of you I say, keep training – our world is demanding that you be strong
Eat well, your energy and stamina are required
Be the change that you want to see – your ongoing improvement is the example of what it means to be a valuable citizen of any community and the world.
Finally, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Slowly the stats are changing, COVID research is happening, testing sites have increased, death rates are down, and a few states have allowed businesses to reopen.
This is exciting news, right? It means that we are improving. It means that after so many weeks of being in quarantine, we will get to reconnect. We’ll get to feed that part of us that wants and needs human interaction. But of course, that connection also comes with some risk.
Most of us agree that COVID-19 has not only rocked our economy, it has rocked our worlds. And, as a result, we are all much more cautious of how many times a day we wash our hands, who is standing too close to us, and whether the surfaces that we are touching have been sanitized.
So, when Kinetics reopens its doors (which, although Governor Murphy has not given a date yet, I personally expect will be somewhere around the middle or end of May), we will do EVERYTHING POSSIBLE to keep us all healthy and safe!
If you scroll to the bottom of this email, you will notice that I have created a list of COVID-19 Safety promises. Just below that I have also asked a few things of you that I believe will positively add to our safety net.
But, I think that we can agree that my list is just that, my list. And, as I was compiling it, it dawned on me that I should ask you what specific facility safety protocols you would like to see in place when we reopen.
You see, I am clear that, together, we are what gives Kinetics and Kinetics Flow life, energy, and vitality. So, I would like to hear from you. What would make you feel COVID-19 safe?
Our promise to keep you safe:
We are using a combination of state and industry protocols to establish and maintain safety.
Social distancing: we are preparing for a soft opening which means that we will open in stages.
- Stage one:
- Kinetics Fitness will reopen
- Services will include personal training and small group training with groups capped at five people
- All Kinetics Flow classes will remain virtual
- Stage two:
- Kinetics Flow will reopen
- Services will include personal training, small groups capped at ten people at Kinetics Fitness and small groups at Kinetics Flow with groups capped at five people
- Virtual training will remain in place for those who feel more comfortable training from home
- Lobby areas will remain closed
- Workout spaces will be measured and marked out on the floor
- Deep clean: the facilities will be deep cleaned once per week
- At the close of every shift: studios will be sanitized
- In between client usage: equipment and accessories will be cleaned
- Courtesies that we unfortunately can no longer provide include towels and mats
- Hand sanitizer will be required before and after using the check-in tablet at the front desk
- As a staff we will wash our hands often and will encourage you to do the same
- All clients will be required to wear a face mask when entering the building
- Workouts will be monitored and adjusted to ensure that everyone training can maintain appropriate breathing with the mask on
Hygiene: we will take a three-part approach to maintaining cleanliness
Usage of face masks: at this point it appears that face masks will be required by law once we reopen. If it is required, we of course will adhere to the requirement.
What we are asking of you:
- Your patience and understanding as we do our best to keep everyone healthy and safe
- Help with ensuring that all equipment and accessories used by you is sanitized after you have used it
- Maintain excellent personal hygiene by washing your hands often
- Respect social distancing to keep yourself and those around you safe
As a staff we continue the thank you for helping us keep the wheels of the studio turning; and we look forward to seeing your beautiful faces again soon.
Reminder: do let us know what safety protocols that you would like to see in place.
Use the following three tips to bring your routine up to the next level:
1. Be Unstable: Use your entire body, and target your core, by performing exercises that engage stabilizing muscles. To do this use an exercise ball, a balance board, a balance disk, or you could simply stand on one leg.
2. Add Resistance: The more resistance that you incorporate with your routine translates into higher intensity and more calories burned. Some ideas for adding resistance include: carrying dumbbells while doing lunges, wearing a weighted vest while walking or jogging, or putting a weight between your feet while doing leg raises.
3. Use Intervals: Interval training is an amazing tool for creating short yet effective workouts. Don’t worry, it’s not complicated. Interval training is simply alternating between different short bursts of activity.
Life indoors has the power to lift up and motivate you OR send you mentally and physically into the dumps.
Here are 10.5 easy-to-implement tips for keeping happiness close while living life indoors:
- Stay connected. Call friends and family often!
- Live with structure. Create a daily schedule for yourself.
- Get dressed up for yourself- you deserve a hot date!
- Eat a variety of nutrient-dense foods. This includes when you’re snacking! Swap out those chips for a handful of almonds, that cake for some fresh strawberries!
- Workout with your favorite trainer! Not sure what I mean? Click here to check out Nelli’s class. Want to get in on the action? Take 2 weeks of ONLINE Fitness and Yoga classes for FREE!
- Laugh often!
- Read or listen to an inspiring book. Nothing in mind? Below is a list of five of my favorite books for you to check out!
- Watch a great movie. Check out my top five below!
- Utilize meditation and deep breathing for clarity, focus and mindfulness. The breath keeps us in the here-and-now.
- Use your creativity to start a fun project! Embracing a new project has the power to motivate and inspire. If there is something you’ve been wanting to do but haven’t, give it a go! You might be surprised by how it moves you.
- Follow through with what you start. It feels good to get things done!
The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho
A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
Mindfulness by Mark Williams
12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson
Ferris Beuler’s Day Off
Silver Linings Playbook
When Harry Met Sally