HCCF: How We’re Training Through COVID-19

The coronavirus is creating a lot of chaos all over the world. In true HCCF fashion, we wanted to share some Bright Spots with you in this stressful time, and then tell you how we’re going to make sure you’re able to maintain your health and fitness at Holy City no matter what.

Bright Spots

You’ve already made a priority of your health and fitness. You’ve done everything you can to prepare for anything. You’re strong and healthy, and you have an iron will earned through training. That virus is going to have a fight on its hands if it runs into you.

People in Charleston have time to prepare. While gyms in Italy and Denmark have already been shut down, we have time to form a plan. We’ll be completely prepared to help our clients stay fit and healthy as governments work to manage the pandemic.

Spring is on the way. We live in a city full of parks, green space, and beaches. We’ll be able and ready to use large, well ventilated outside spaces if necessary.

We’re working with the best gym owners and business mentors daily to learn how we can serve you best right now. We have contacts around the world, and as a client of  ours, you’ll benefit from that. You can expect a world-class response to the coronavirus at HCCF.

General Procedures

In the short term, please observe the following:

Most importantly, Don’t come to the gym if you are feeling ill or have disease symptoms. If you are unwell but want to train, email [email protected] with your equipment list and a description of your space. We’ll get you moving. Please plan to use this option to train at home if you are under the weather.

Wash your hands often with warm water and lots of soap. Scrub and sing “Happy Birthday” to make sure you’re washing long enough. Don’t touch your face.

If you sneeze or cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with a tissue or an elbow.

Thoroughly clean any equipment you touch. As always, we will provide all cleaning supplies necessary.

Long-Term Plans

In the event that the government-mandated closures that are occurring in other places begin happening here, we are constructing a full plan.

If we must close, we will not stop providing you with coaching, programming and inspiration. This is what you pay us for, and we will continue to provide that without fail. We will use the internet to program and instruct workouts. We take a lot of pride in being a rock for our clients, and we’ll make sure you keep working out even if the government wants you to do it at home. You pay us for coaching, and we will deliver it without interruption.

We will program workouts every day, with precise instruction. We’ll tell you how to use household items, and we’ll leverage technology to coach you. We are more than prepared for this.

Here’s a to-do list to help you prepare at home:

1. If you don’t already have something at home, and you are able to, go out and buy a kettlebell or a set of dumbbells. Play It Again Sports usually has a large selection available, and there are plenty of online retailers as well. Feel free to ask your coach if you need some recommendations.

Select a weight that you would use in a conditioning workout (25-, 35- and 55 lb. kettlebells are common, as are 20- and 40- lb. dumbbells). This will be your primary piece of at-home fitness equipment. Don’t worry: You can stay very fit with just one kettlebell or dumbbell. We promise.

2. Work on identifying one heavy object and one lighter object that you have at your home. Maybe a few different ones. If you have additional cash, pick up anything else you might want. If you don’t have cash, get creative. Fill some jugs with water, clean off that old tire in the garage, and so on.

3. Make a space where you can work out with “HCCF Online.” It should be about 8 feet by 8 feet. Just don’t knock over plants or do a burpee on the dog’s tail.

4. Create Instagram and Facebook accounts if you don’t have them. We’ll likely use those platforms to run workouts.

5. Make sure you have a way to set up a phone or iPad so you can see and hear us during the online session.

6. High-five the Internet.

We sincerely hope to avoid any government-mandated closures, but we are prepared for everything.

You will be taken care of. We’ll show the exact same enthusiasm and care over the internet. You won’t get a physical fist bump after a great workout, but our emoji game is very, very strong.


Jess and Brandan