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Check Out our Shiny New App!

August 19, 2020

We are pleased to announce a new and easy way for you to access club information, schedules, and more with our new mobile app, MemberMe! You can now view and book into classes, access your self service portal, and find the latest updates including photos and videos, right from your smartphone. In addition, you can also share updates via Facebook, where friends can feel free to join you on your endeavor to get fit and stay healthy.

MemberMe+ App: If you have a smartphone, you can download our MemberMe+ App. Flyers are also posted in the facility where you can scan a QR code to access the app. Once it is installed and opened, you will need a username and password. If you are already using the self service portal, click on the globe icon just below the bike picture to access it. We can retrieve your username and reset your password upon request. Please let us know if you have questions or are experiencing issues.

Phone App Check-in: Once you have your app installed and connected to your account you can pull up an electronic membership card. Scan the bar code to check-in at the front desk. We are happy to help you get set up. Still have a flip phone? Prefer not to use the app? No worries! You can still check in by giving your name.

Reservations No Longer Needed: The city has no current occupancy limit for health clubs. With 10,000 square feet of workout space, we are going to raise our limit to 36 which is 20% of our occupancy rating. We will continue to evaluate how best to safely use our space.

Mask Required for Entry: Most of you are doing great, but PLEASE wear a mask when entering and moving through common areas. Once exercising, you can remove your mask as long as a distance of six feet can be maintained. 

Keeping You Safe

August 19, 2020

I wanted to clarify our mask policy and provide updates on steps we are taking to keep you safe.

Masks: KCMO has extended the mask mandate into January 2021. Per that mandate, masks are required in indoor spaces where a distance of at least six feet cannot be maintained. To ensure compliance, face masks must be worn upon entry and when passing through common areas (including locker rooms). Masks can be removed when exercising as long as that six foot distance is maintained.

We are looking times in the early afternoon when usage is very low as times for those who are more vulnerable. Masks will be mandatory, even while exercising, during these times. It would amount to 3-6 hours per week. We are also looking at ways to further segregate a few select pieces of equipment.

Equipment Wipes: We are currently going though as many wipes in three weeks as were being used per month pre-COVID. That is with less than half as many check-ins. Our supplier has been struggling to keep up so we are prepared to switch over to spray disinfectant and paper towels should the need arise.

Force of Nature: The potential need to implement spray disinfectant and paper towels added to our concern about the amount of toxic chemicals we are using to fight germs. We started using Force of Nature this month. It uses electricity to change tap water plus a capsule of salt, water and vinegar into a powerful disinfectant that is EPA registered to kill 99.9% of germs. It's the same process that is used to sanitize salt water pools. If you wish to purchase Force of Nature for your home or business, click through this link, https://www.forceofnatureclean.com/lp-raf-40-c/?raf=ref4803336  You will save 20% and we will get 25 free capsules. Win-Win!

We will still continue spraying down all surfaces overnight with a hospital grade disinfectant and Sherry will continue cleaning every individual piece of equipment, top to bottom, with Lysol at least twice per week. We are using Force of Nature on high touch areas that have to be sanitized several times a day (door handles, etc).

Hang in There! We are all going to be on this roller coaster for a while. Your continued support will help us make it through to the other side. Your patience while we develop ways safely keep serving you is greatly appreciated! 

While We Must Remain Apart

April 8, 2020

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. 

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

March 21, 2020

As part of a city mandated lock-down, Blue Bicycle Health & Fitness closed down for a yet to be determined period of time, effective March 17th.

The support so many of you have shown this week means a lot. This pandemic has forced  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. We hope that you'll be here for us now so that we can be here for you later. Together, we will get through this!

To Our Members About the Coronavirus

March 15, 2020

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.

Success Stories Written Here!

February 14, 2020

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

January 15, 2020

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.