Our community has gone through a lot lately.
First, the corona hit. Everyone was ordered to temporarily shelter in place. Today, people are still afraid to leave their homes.
Then, George Floyd was murdered. This sparked riots and protests across the nation, and reignited the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
Then, the CrossFit brand started to fall apart after Greg Glassman’s comments regarding Floyd’s murder. Hundreds of gyms and companies decided to separate themselves from the CrossFit brand.
As the owner of Vikings, I would like to let everyone, including my Vikings family, know how I feel about all 3 topics.
The Coronavirus has no doubt turned our world upside down. I can’t remember the last time we were ordered to shelter in place, or had travel restrictions across the nation.
I have always been a firm believer in living. Living like today is your last day, and refusing to live life in fear. Again, that is my belief and in no way am I trying to force anyone to believe the same. We all have the free will to choose what we believe in and how we live our lives. Is the Coronavirus deadly? That’s what the experts tell us. And they’re more than likely right. But we’ve been living in a world our entire lives where we face danger and life-threatening risks on a daily basis. Every time we get in our car and drive away, there’s a chance we might not come home. But if I refused to leave my home because of fear of getting into a car accident…. well…. that’s no way to live, in my opinion. I refuse to live my life in fear of something that may or may not happen.
Does this mean I will be reckless? Of course not. I’m not going to go around sneezing on people, or spitting on people, or showing up to work or the gym when I’m sick. I will frequently wash my hands and practice good hygiene, just like we’ve been taught to do all our lives. Does this mean I will close the gym because of the Corona? Of course not. If people want to come through our doors and improve their health and fitness, I will gladly welcome them and help them on their fitness journey.
There has been a lot of controversy regarding what happened to George Floyd. I didn’t know Mr. Floyd personally, so I can’t say whether he was a good or bad person. Regardless of what his past looks like, what was done to him by the police officer was wrong and unacceptable. I know the BLM movement has been an ongoing battle for many many years. As much as we would want for there to be equality here in the world, there just isn’t. This inequality spans across all races and genders. I have and always will support the fight for equality.
At Vikings, I have done my best to create a positive atmosphere that is full of love, compassion, and unity. Everyone at the gym is my brother and sister, and I encourage everyone there to practice the same. Not too long ago, one of our gym members was in a car accident down the street from the gym. After I had reviewed the camera footage, I could see Coach Warren receiving the call that one of ours had just been in a car accident. Next thing I see is everyone running out the door and to the accident to help our friend in need. That’s the family we have created here. A family who is ready to help at a moment’s notice, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, blood, class, where you live, or what you drive. I also encourage everyone to be themselves, and to voice their opinions. I want this place to continue being a place where you can be yourself and speak your mind without fear of being judged or scolded.
I am hoping that by creating this kind of atmosphere at the gym, it’ll slowly seep out into our community and continue to spread. I believe this is how we can help the BLM movement and the fight for equality.
We have never been affiliated with CrossFit, Inc. and have no intentions at this time to affiliate ourselves with CrossFit, Inc.