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3/11/2020

A message from the owner.

COVID-19 AND FITNESS

I'm not here to add any more fuel to the hype about the Corona Virus that is quickly spreading.  No doubt this is a serious situation, and scary for a lot of people, especially for those who are most at risk, but I think most of us can agree that there has been a lot of overreaction and misinformation going around.

That is NOT to say that we don't need to be smart and take precautions, because actually we DO.  

For the fitness types who workout at their local gyms or boxes, decisions are going to need to be made here quickly whether or not you feel safe or want to expose yourself to an environment where people are sweating, breathing heavy and sharing equipment.

As of the time of this writing, I'm in a holding pattern and business as usual with my fitness routine.  However, I am going to take some extra precautions during this time to limit my risk and I think you should, too.

I'll be keeping some Lysol wipes in my gym bag, as well as a bottle of hand sanitizer (If I can find some!). 

Also, I'm going to want to avoid as much direct contact on the equipment as I can, especially if I have open sores on my hands, so I'll be sure to use gloves like WODies, and finger protection like Nubs. For squatting, no doubt I'm using a squat pad on my neck.  

Look, none of this may be necessary, but I'm looking at preventing a situation that is going to take me out of my fitness routine.  And if I do happen to get sick, being stuck at home for a few weeks isn't going to be very helpful for keeping up with my fitness journey.

So I say screw it, for ME, its business as usual, but play it safe.  Again, that's just me.  I'm not here to tell anyone how to feel or how to stay safe during this outbreak.  

I will tell you however, if you ARE planning to continue to workout as normal, to please be considerate of others... wash your hands, clean your equipment when you're done with it, and if you feel any symptoms, please stay home.

 

If you are wanting some extra protection for your hands and avoid touching equipment as much as possible, I highly recommend you consider using WODies, Nubs, or Death Grips.  

WODies and Nubs are fully washer/dryer safe as well so you can keep them clean until this all blows over.

I wish you guys all the best, and hope you will continue to make fitness your priority no matter what happens.

Stay safe,

Jeff Hunter
CEO JerkFit LLC
JerkFit.com

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1/12/21

A message from the owner:

Checking In/ Covid in 2021

I’d like to first start off by genuinely wishing you all a Happy New Year. It’s hard to believe just 9 months ago, after I wrote to you all at the beginning of this pandemic, that we’d still be in deep this long in advance. It was unfathomable at the time and continues to be.

During that time, as with many businesses, we were absolutely HAMMERED by the country repeatedly going into extended lockdown. I had candidly shared with you that it was very possible JerkFit might not make it out alive through it all.  

We were hit from so many angles: 

  • Country-wide shutdown of all gyms, boxes, and fitness facilities
  • Our factory in Los Angeles was forced by the Government to ONLY produce PPE and we ran almost completely out of stock of our own goods for months.
  • Amazon wouldn’t deem health/fitness products as “essential” and refused to ship anything that wasn’t essential for almost 2 months.
  • Our 2- and 3-year-old out of daycare and with us full time!

The fact that we’re still standing after all of this is incredible and I have many of you to thank for supporting our small business during this once in a lifetime crisis.  

As someone who has poured their entire heart, life, and savings into my business to build it up, the thought of losing it all has been terrifying and I feel so much pain for the many who already have. 

I hope that this year many of you can do what you can to help support small businesses and restaurants as they truly are the backbone of our country and there are people behind it who have put everything into making it a reality.

What has kept me sane throughout all this is getting out into the fresh air and exercising. Big projects around the house have been huge for me as well. Hell, I’ve had MUCH more free time than ever and that has been a revelation for me in my life and the biggest silver lining (that and no traffic in Los Angeles!).  

It’s a brand-new year, we are FAR from being on the other side of what has happened, but I encourage YOU to put exercise and personal health as a top priority for you in 2021. It always sounds so cliché this time of year, but after the year we all experienced, I feel this has extra meaning this time around.  

2020 sucked, lets own 2021 by controlling what we can, our HEALTH.  

Much love to you and your family,

Jeff Hunter 
CEO JerkFit LLC