Safety & Sanitation at CrossFit Helix

Mask, Safety & Sanitation Updates

How do gyms sell memberships in 2020?
Throw in a roll of toilet paper!

Toilet paper jokes are not my favorite but they are a solid #2!

Okay, time for the serious stuff. Seriously!

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and local governing bodies continue to release guidelines for keeping patrons safe and healthy during visits to the gym in the time of COVID-19. We are keeping a close eye on those guidelines to ensure that we remain in compliance with requirements and prioritize your health before all else. 

We have compiled a list of the practices that we have implemented in order to make sure that your experience at CrossFit Helix is not only fun and fitness-focused, but also safe. While many of you are already aware of these procedures, we want you to rest assured we are taking your health and safety seriously, so you can enjoy the best hour of your day while you’re here!

Pre-Arrival & Arrival Procedures

  • Please wear a mask and sanitize/wash hands upon entering the gym.
  • Online reservations for classes and appointments to ensure group sizes are within regulations.
  • Ensure that your coach has checked you in to Wodify when you arrive.

Utilizing Outdoor Space

  • Feel free to utilize the back alley space to workout, Coach permitting.

Social Distancing & Limited Contact 

  • We have created 15 spaces for each athlete equipped with everything you need to get on with your fitness! 
  • Gym set-up allows for appropriate social distancing as you workout.
  • Coaches have designated areas from which to coach you while respecting your physical space.
  • Air high fives and verbal encouragement in the place of high fives and fist bumps in order to limit physical contact.

Extra Precautions with Equipment 

  • Please no sharing of equipment with other athletes that are not in your household.
  • You are responsible for sanitizing your equipment at the end of class and/or before you put any equipment back.
    • Each athlete area will contain a bottle of hospital-grade disinfectant and a cleaning rag.
    • Spray all equipment and floor area used with the solution. Let soak for 1 minute. Wipe away excess.
  • In addition, the gym is deep-cleaned twice per week.

Wear a Cloth Face Covering (NEW MANDATE)

  • Effective July 17, 2020, masks are now mandatory in all public indoor spaces in Colorado. The order requires people in Colorado who are 11 years and older to wear a covering over their noses and mouths:
    • When entering or moving within any public indoor space.
    • While using or waiting to use public (buses, light-rail) or non-personal (taxis, car services, ride-shares) transportation services.

People who do not have to wear a mask include:

  • People who are 10 years old and younger.
  • People who cannot medically tolerate a face covering.
  • Children ages 2 and under should NOT wear masks or cloth face coverings.

MASK FAQs (taken from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment page)

What does it mean to be unable to medically tolerate a face covering?
Essentially, this means a person who has trouble breathing or anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face-covering without assistance, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more from the CDC about other reasons face coverings may not be possible in every situation or for some people.

The CDC states that “People who are engaged in high intensity activities, like running, may not be able to wear a cloth face covering if it causes difficulty breathing. If unable to wear a cloth face covering, consider conducting the activity in a location with greater ventilation and air exchange (for instance, outdoors versus indoors) and where it is possible to maintain physical distance from others.”

The workouts we do at Helix are extremely high-intensity. We have two large garage doors, a front door and several large fans that are running during class to provide ventilation. Every athlete physical distances themselves from others at all times during the workout by remaining in their designated workout area. No equipment is used by another athlete until it’s sanitized.

If you are having trouble breathing while working out with a mask, just let the Coach know and remove the mask until if and when you are able to put it back on again. If you are unable to do a workout with a mask or have experienced previous symptoms due to working out with a mask, again, let a Coach know. As stated by the CDC, if you are unable to wear a mask, physical distance in a space with ventilation and air exchange (which we comply with). We will not refuse you the right to exercise in our gym if you cannot medically tolerate a face mask.

At minimum, wear a mask upon entering and through the warm-up, remove during the workout, and put the mask back on when your workout is finished. We want to do our part to allow our businesses, and other businesses, to remain open but your health and safety should not be put at risk because of wearing a mask during a workout. Staying healthy and keeping up your fitness is especially important now more than ever!

As we discuss the things that we are doing in order to keep our community safe and healthy, it’s also worth acknowledging that there are also things that you can do to add to our efforts as well: 

  • Stay home if you are sick or suspect an oncoming illness.
  • Use social distancing during unstructured time, and avoid communal gatherings before and after classes.
  • Wash and/or sanitize hands upon arrival and after your class.
  • Wear a cloth face covering if that’s how you feel safest.

We are so glad that you continue to prioritize your health and our community during this unprecedented time. You are each an example of overcoming challenges and embracing new ones – this is no different! Together we can keep moving toward fitness and care for one another. 

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