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Important Re-Opening Information

Posted on May 15, 2020 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (5)

We officially reopen on May 15th. We would not open at this time unless we had confidence in our ability to create a safe, healthy, and enjoyable environment for working out while being together again. For the past several days, we've made workout appointments available on a very limited basis. This provided an opportunity to "test drive" our online reservation system and assess social distancing strategies. In addition to the steps we are taking as a business, we are requesting your cooperation in complying with the guidelines and policies below:

 

Occupancy Limits: In accordance with KCMO's 10-10-10 Guideline, there will be a limit of 18 people in our facility which is 10% of our occupancy rating. We will continue to use our reservation system to manage this. Workout appointments can be made online through your Self-Service portal or by calling 816-943-8348. We appreciate your efforts in using this system as much as possible and are here to help you if you have any questions.

 

No Contact Check-In: No more fingerprint scanner. No more picking up a pen to sign a sheet. Our front desk attendant will record your attendance in our reservation system. In a few weeks, we hope to roll out a phone app that will enable you to check in using your phone.

 

Minimize Risk of Contagion: Please stay away if you are feeling unwell, especially with fever, cough and difficulty breathing. We also ask you to stay away if you or someone with whom you have been in close contact have tested positive and/or been diagnosed with the corona virus within the past two weeks. Although wearing a face mask is not required, it is recommend by the CDC and we highly encourage in our facility.

 

Social Distancing: Please maintain a space of at least six feet between you and the person next to you. You will see markings on the floor to help define this space. Most of the weight machines and racks are now at least six feet apart. Some cardio machines have been pulled from the exercise floor. With others, if you hop onto a machine, we will remove the ones on each side from service until you have completed your workout and we have sanitized that machine. In-person Group Exercise classes will not resume until next month at the earliest.

 

Practice Good Hygiene: Please wash your hands or apply hand sanitizer frequently. Wipe down any equipment you use BEFORE and AFTER use. We have four wipes dispensers and several bottles of hand sanitizer placed around the facility. We'll be spraying down equipment with sanitizer on a daily basis and cleaning everything more frequently and thoroughly. The locker rooms will remain closed until June 1st. Restrooms are available just off the weight room.

 

Thank You! Your support through these past weeks and your trust as we continue to adjust operations means more than you could ever know. That being said, ultimately it is your choice to decide when you feel like it is safe to come back. While we would love to see all of you as soon as possible, we're here for you even if you aren't comfortable returning just yet. We will continue to develop online classes and events for your fitness and well-bring during these ever changing times.

May Updates

Posted on May 5, 2020 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (1)

THANK YOU so much for your continued support. Your sustained membership dues during this closure give us a fighting chance of survival. If you missed any of our previous emails related to COVID19, you can find them here:https://www.bluebikefitness.com/apps/blog

 

Self Service Portal: Any member with a valid email address should have received an e-mail invitation to self service on April 8th. If you can't find it or have any issues, please reach out and we'll help you get set up. Through your portal, you can access our growing video library, reserve workout appointments, renew your membership, and update payment information,

 

Workout Appointments: We are now accepting limited reservations for workout appointments. You can make a reservation through the self-service portal. If unable to do so online, please call the front desk (816-943-8348) between 5:30 AM and 5:30 PM, M-F. Due to restrictions still in place, you will not be able to just show up and come in. We hope to see this eased by May 18th, but please understand that it will be in small steps.

 

Virtual Connections: It's understandable that it will be some time before everyone feels safe to return. With that in mind, we are working behind the scenes to develop ways to serve you online. One of those things is an app based platform that will enable us send personalized workouts to your phone. In the meantime, be sure and follow up on our Facebook page or check out our YouTube channel.

 

While We Must Remain Apart

Posted on April 8, 2020 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (2)

I hope this finds you well. If anything has been reinforced these past few weeks, it is the fact that you all are the lifeblood of this club. It just isn't the same without you here.

 

Emails: Because this is our best way of communicating, I went through EVERY single member record to check on email status. If you gave us a new email address or joined within the past two years, our system has an opt-in feature that is very easy to miss. If not opted in, you don't receive email blasts. I opted everyone in. If you wish to opt back out there is a place to do so at the footer of this email.

 

Re-Opening Game Plan: We had originally anticipated re-opening on April 1st. The "Stay at Home" order that went into effect on March 24th, pushed that re-opening date back to at least April 24th. It is expected that when these orders are lifted, it will done gradually. We are setting up a "Workout by Appointment" system where we can set the number of slots in accordance with the limits imposed. If the limit is 10, we will have 8-9 slots + 1-2 staff on the premises. Watch for more details.

 

Self Service Portal: All current members will be receiving a follow up email to opt into self-service. This is your own personal portal where you will create a username and password. Once in, you will see that we have begun to build a VIDEO LIBRARY of workouts you can do at home. This will also be the platform for scheduling the workout appointments mentioned above.

 

Thank you for your continued support. Stay Safe. Stay Well. Stay Home.

Let's Support Each Other

Posted on March 21, 2020 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (3)

Thank you for the support you've shown this week. This pandemic has forced so many small businesses to take drastic steps for the safety and well-being of our community. The Red Bridge Shopping Center has literally been rebuilt by several small businesses. Please consider supporting these businesses any way that you can. Grab a cup of coffee...a gift card...a meal to go.

 

The best thing you can do to help us is to keep your membership. While we will honor requests to freeze or cancel, monthly memberships are our lifeblood. We've kept our staff on the payroll deep cleaning and working on facility projects. We started streaming several of our classes and will continue to do so as long as needed. You can find our classes and more here: https://www.facebook.com/Blue-Bike-Fitness-241060632590108/?ref=bookmarks

Our Response to COVID19

Posted on March 16, 2020 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

TO OUR MEMBERS ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS

 

We know that you may have concerns with respect to the COVID19 coronavirus. We understand and share your concerns and want you to know that your health and wellness are our top priority. When this outbreak was beginning to develop, we took the following steps:

 

  • Placed additional Hand Sanitizer bottles throughout the facility
  • Added a fourth Zogics Wipes dispenser. Details about the ingredients are posted above each dispenser
  • Increased cleaning and sanitizing of class props, and other high touch areas.

 

You all have stepped up by wiping down the equipment you use more frequently and more thoroughly. You are washing your hands more as well. You are staying away if not feeling well. These efforts make it safer for everyone and are greatly appreciated.

 

Our plan is to stay open and continue to offer classes and programs as scheduled, but we will be monitoring the situation as it evolves. In the meantime, we are taking additional steps:

 

  • Offering Direct Check-in. If the front desk is attended and you wish to avoid using the fingerprint scanner or our pen, just give your name and we will check you in manually.
  • Exploring ways to put class content online.

 

We need you to keep up the great work and consider these additional steps:

 

  • Keeping more space between yourself and the person exercising next to you.
  • Wiping down equipment before using it as well as after.

 

Exercising can boost your immune system and we all know how important that can be right now. Please reach out if you have any concerns or questions not addressed here. We'll get through this together.

 

Stay Well!

 

Jan Schmidt, owner

Blue Bicycle Health & Fitness

 

Make It or Break It

Posted on January 7, 2019 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (4)

If you are starting 2019 wanting to make some changes, you are not alone. Big changes are hard to sustain over the long term. Also, unbalanced changes lead to feelings of deprivation and stress. A sustainable approach is to tackle no more than two habits at a time, balancing stopping an old habit with picking up a new one.


Do need support in making changes? Take the Make It – Break It Challenge. Make It - Break It  is a three week challenge where you choose a habit to MAKE (drinking 64 ounces of water, walking 20 minutes, going to bed 30 minutes earlier) and a habit to BREAK (avoiding added sugar, reducing social media time by a 15 minutes, or drinking one less soda per day).


It can take 21 days for a habit to start to “stick so this challenge will last three weeks, from January 21st – February 10th. When you sign up, you will receive a scorecard to track your progress every day. 

 

  • Win Prizes: We are giving away a set of Bluetooth earbuds to a lucky winner at the end of the challenge to the person who scores the most points. Any tie will be broken by a drawing. We will also hold random drawings for weekly prizes including water bottles, Air Relax sessions and more. The more points you score the more chances you will have to win. You can score up to 21 points a week. 
  • Daily Accountability: You will receive a short e-mail each morning with a motivational quote and asking you to reply with your points total from the previous day. (You can opt out of this and just show us your log).
  • Competition: We'll fuel your competitive fires by posting everyone’s progress on a special bulletin board display. You can choose a nickname for this if you'd like.

 

To get started, send an e-mail to [email protected] with Make It Break It in the subject line. You can also sign up in person at Blue Bicycle Health & Fitness. Registration deadline is Saturday, January 18th. 

Clean Slate for 2019

Posted on December 25, 2018 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Goals expressed are more likely to be goals attained. Putting your hopes for yourself down on paper makes them feel real. Posting them where you see them day after day, keeps them in sight. Sharing them where lots of people see them keeps you accountable. That was the idea behind setting up the Goal Board at the beginning of the year.  


You can't miss the board; that 4'x6' dry erase board just inside our front door. Many members wrote their goals for 2018 on that board, putting them out where they and others would see them all year long. Were you one? Whether or not you shared a goal on that board, how are you feeling about this year? 


You may be thinking "I don't believe in New Year's resolutions. I can never keep them." If this is you, you're not alone. According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, only nine percent of us actually keep them. Yet the end of the old year and beginning of a new one is a great time to push the re-set button on your goals. 


We will be erasing the 2018 goals from the board this coming Saturday, leaving a clean slate for 2019. If you set one or more goals for the year now ending, how did you do? Did you knock it out of the park or fizzle out? Chances are you fall somewhere in between. Perhaps you didn't meet your goal, but you took more steps forward than back. Is there some progress to celebrate? What can you learn about yourself?


Coming up short can be a great teacher. Look back and try to recall when things went off the rails. Did you have too many goals? Were they too ambitious? With any successes, even short-lived or inconsistent ones, you probably tapped into an inner strength or support from others. 


If setting resolutions feels like setting yourself up for failure, replace your resolutions with one or two intentions. Our intention for 2019 is to support you in becoming a better version of yourself. We have several programs in the works to do just that, including a mini-retreat, challenges, and personal coaching opportunities. And yes, that board will be a clean slate, ready to be filled with intentions for 2019. Take a look at your clean slate. What story will you write for yourself in the New Year?

Holiday Cookies

Posted on November 19, 2018 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (0)

If you ask the founder of Precision Nutrition, John Berardi, for a killer healthy holiday cookie recipe, he'll make a surprising confession: He's not making low fat, gluten free, protein packed, artificially sweetened cookies. He makes the real thing, the kind of cookie that contains butter, sugar and flour. A nutritionist that DOESN'T eat 100% protein and veggies all the time? Yes, you read that right.


Foods are not "good" or "bad" but simply choices. Every time you choose what to eat, you vote for what is important to you right now. Choices weigh pros and cons. Choices express what is important to us. Choices have consequences which we choose to accept. So this holiday season, give yourself permission to enjoy some real holiday cookies or some other thing you enjoy but normally consider to be off-limits. Just do it consciously, mindfully, joyfully. Instead of scarfing it down and waiting for the guilt to kick in, eat slowly and savor the flavors of the season.


You can enjoy food, connect with others, and still be healthy and fit. And, you can do it without gaining the usual five or more pounds. Countdown to Christmas provides the tools and support to help you balance intentional eating and efficient workouts while savoring the season.


 

Success Stories Written Here

Posted on February 14, 2018 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (1)

I was covering the front desk over a Friday noon hour when loud cheering erupted from the free weight area. I had to see what it was about, so I walked back there to check it out. One of our members had just benched 415 pounds! There were high fives and congrats around. Not just with those in the weight area, but among those using the Nu-Steps and treadmills. 


The lift in energy and mood was contagious and it made me think back to another member success from earlier that same day. A lady who had been in so much pain that her mobility was becoming more and more limited decided to work through her pain only to find that it subsided as she grew stronger. Since becoming a daily exerciser, she had lost 30 pounds. While her milestone was more low key and didn’t have the place cheering, it was no less meaningful.


Blue Bicycle Health & Fitness is a fitness community as these two very different victories illustrate. Our members are all ages and sizes, athletes and active seniors, people wanting to build bicep muscles and people wanting heal a heart muscle. I’ve been asked if there is a target audience. My response is that our target is anyone seeking a welcoming, supportive place to improve their health and well-being. No matter where you are in life, you will find people here who are very much like you. You can tap into the positive energy of everyday victories to rekindle your own fire within. Your story is being written day. Our community will help make yours a success story.


Creatures of Habit

Posted on January 19, 2018 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Habits are the foundation of building a better you. Success coach John Maxwell says “You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily.” How you go about changing your habits can determine whether those changes will stick for only a week or two or become established as part of your way of life.


Habits are hard to change. They are behaviors that have become ingrained, sometimes over many years. When you decide you want to get into better shape, it is tempting to try and change everything at once. The reality is that many of us don’t do several things well simultaneously. Leo Babauta, bestselling author and creator of www.zenhabit.net estimates that people who focus on changing one behavior at a time are more likely to retain that habit a year or more 80% of the time. When they try to change more than two at a time, that retention drops to around 20%. Focus on one or two things. You either do those things or you don’t. Then seek explanations without making excuses or beating yourself up.


Much like the choices faced by Goldilocks, habit changes can be too small, aka too easy, they can be too big, aka too hard or they can be just right. Like the three bears, this is not one size fits all. Ask yourself if you can see yourself doing this for the rest of your life. More drastic changes can be made for a pre-determined short term period of time. The Whole30 Challenge is an example. How do you react to drastic change? Can you step back to that “just right” point at the end of the time period or do you rebound back to your old habits with a vengeance.


  • Find YOUR starting point. Identify one or two habits to change. It may be doing more cardio. It may be eating more veggies.
  • Clarify the desired habit and make it measureable. For example, doing more cardio may mean walking on the treadmill for 30 minutes every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday morning. Eating more veggies is clearer when stated as adding a fist-sized portion to each meal.
  • Check your confidence. On a scale of 1-10, one being impossible and 10 be easy, rate your commitment to making this change. If it is less than six, assess what you would need to do to raise that number or consider a different habit to tackle.


How can we help? We can meet with you to determine that starting point and determine your realistic next step. Willpower and discipline are finite resources. A habit that has time to get fully established will ultimately require less of both. Reaching that point is a continuous process of assessment and adjustment.





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