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Our Indoor Class Safety Plan

Our Indoor Class Safety Plan  At RECF we’ve been ahead of the curve on COVID-19 since the beginning. We closed our doors a week before we were required to by law, because we believed it was the right thing to do.  Instead of rushing back into the gym over the

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Time to Get (a little) Uncomfortable

We like to hang out in our comfort zone. It’s comfortable in there! Warm, snuggly, and easy. We know what we’re doing. We know what to expect. It’s re-watching The Office for the 19th time instead of trying a new show. It’s ordering the same dish from the same restaurant

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Going All-In

For some reason, back in 2014 I thought it would be an awesome idea to compete in Red Bull’s Crashed Ice event here in St. Paul. If you haven’t seen the sport of ice cross downhill before, it’s pretty insane. It’s basically extreme downhill racing on hockey skates, on a

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You Need a Team

You Need a Team, by Coach Chris Back in the day (and by that I mean a couple years ago) I was a competitive inline speed skater. Yes, you read that right. Competitive inline speed skating is a thing. I was one of the cool guys careening down the Greenway

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Gyms for Justice

Dear community members,  Since the murder of George Floyd, it has become apparent that every facet of our lives needs to include anti-racism work. This includes the businesses we frequent, and the businesses we run.  As small business owners, we know that our decisions directly impact our customers and our

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Let’s Get Personal

Let’s Get Personal Moving up to PeeWee level in hockey was a big deal. You were one of the big kids now! That was the year that you were allowed to body check and use real slap shots.  Most kids were pumped. I wasn’t. Not only was I the closest

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All About Lifting Belts

All About Lifting Belts This week we got a great question from one of our members: When should you wear a lifting belt? As with any piece of optional equipment, the answer to the question “Should I use it?” is…it depends!  We’ll start off with the basics. A lifting belt

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What is Virtuosity?

What is Virtuosity? Usually when we think of virtuosity, we think of a “virtuoso.” Someone who is insanely talented, at the very top of their profession. Someone who is peerless and unparalleled in their skills. You’re probably picturing a violinist, right? Maybe a renaissance artist? Probably not someone you know.

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Level Up Your Stats

The year was 1997. My palms were sweaty. I’d just put brand new batteries in my Game Boy Color. I’d made sure to save my game once again, just in case. I consulted my game manual one last time. There was nothing left to do. It was finally time: I

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The Gym For People Who Hate Gyms

The Gym For People Who Hate Gyms, by Coach Chris In high school, I participated in a summer training program for hockey players that included some time in the weight room at the rink. I had never used any of the machines. I’d never touched a barbell or dumbbell before. I

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