As most of you know, the State of Oregon has mandated gyms be closed as of Dec. 18. Unfortunately, the state has not specified an opening date.
This mandate is unconstitutional, arbitrary, and infuriating. The idea that gyms are spreading Covid more than other places that humans are gathering is entirely unfounded.
Ryan and I simply want to be able to have our business be open.
Why not just be open and `buck` the mandate? The state has threatened fines and jail time for business owners who do not comply. We know of two specific Oregon gyms that have been fined...one $9000 and one $15000.
Unfortunately, as of late, our society has embraced `tattle-telling.` People are being encouraged to report business owners who are not complying with the mandates.
Ryan and I hope and pray that we will be able to open CFN again soon. We are hoping the shut-down is only two weeks. We love you guys. Working out with you is exponentially more fun and effective than working out at home, alone.
We are in Texas right now visiting family. Because of this planned visit, we probably would have reduced classes from Christmas to New Year`s...even if the forced shut-down wasn`t in place.
We have been able to work out at our old box in Helotes, Texas. Our CrossFit mentor, Rick Damiano, the owner of Helotes CrossFit; has encouraged and refreshed us; and given us hope and vision for the future of CFN in 2021.
We will continue to post at-home WODs on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays until we`re able to open. Keep working out! Now is a great time to dial-in nutrition AND to work on cardio and body weight stuff. If you have barbells, kettlebells, or dumbbells, use them. Call your CFN workout friends and meet up somewhere. Turn up the music and get after it!
Many of you have supported CrossFit Newport with continued membership through these mandated shut-downs; and we are very thankful. We are also very thankful for those of you who have been showing up to class; during the times the state has allowed us to be open.
There have been many times in the last 8 months we have thought it would be easier to throw in the towel. If you have shared words of encouragement, or words of positivity, or said any prayers on our behalf, thank you!! We still need those things; maybe now more than ever.
Our goal at CFN has always been to build a community of like-minded individuals seeking optimal health. We want CFN to be a group of people that encourage and inspire one another. We find it hard to do that right now, because at times, we have been discouraged and feel victimized by the state.
But we continue to put our hope in Jesus; and know and trust that He has a plan in and through these tests. We know these things are for His purpose to refine us; make us stronger, and craft us into the kind of people He wants us to become. Our faith in Him alone is where we find peace and hope.
Wishing you God`s blessings in 2021! May we be able to workout together soon!