We’ve been lucky on the West Coast to have remainded open for most of the pandemic but this week gyms across Canada’s harder hit provinces are finally beginning to reopen after a long time away.  this on teh tail of the great news: COVID fatality rates are dropping.

Not only are fatality rates dropping it appears that COVID cases seem to be on the decline worldwide with the possible exception of France and Italy.

Even more encouraging are several studies that seem to indicate few risks of COVID transmission in gym settings:

The European SafeACTIVE Survey found only 487 positive COVID cases among 62 million visits to gyms and fitness facilities.

Australian and UK surveys similarly found only 1 in 100,000 gym visitors tested positive and failed to identify any confirmed transmissions in gyms.

New York’s recent contact tracing study found only 0.06% of 46,000 transmissions occurred in gyms.

This is not zero but it is really, really low. 

None of this should be used to justify the abandonment of safety measures but it certainly does seem to indicate that the measures currently in place are effective at reducing COVID transmission rates worldwide and that fitness facilities operating with strict safety protocols are having success at preventing in-gym transmissions.

It is encouraging news all around!  It bodes well for all of us who would like to continue to pursue our health and fitness in a safe and healthy environment!  Welcome back to all our CrossFit friends across Canada who are finally allowed to return to action:)

Wednesday WOD
This one is pretty easy to adapt to home use.  Members doing this in the gym will need to slow down to keep the intensity low.  This is a good day to scale the movements to be a bit more challenging than usual in order to force some breaks.  Think strength development instead of conditioning.

Equipment: barbell, dumbbell or alternative

Warm Up
1 min Cross Touch Deadbugs
1 min Windshield Wipers
1 min Judo Push Up Rock
1 min Lying Hip Raises
1 min Cross Touch Bird Dogs
1 min Full Body Rock
1 min Cross Crawls
1 min Cross Crawl Squats
1 min Cross Crawl Squat & Jump

WOD movements and alternatives

Open WOD 12.3
18 min AMRAP
15 Box Jumps
12 Push Presses
9 T2B

Cool Down
Lat Stretch
Calf Stretch
Shoulder Series