As the great American philosopher Forrest Gump said so eloquently: “Life is like a box of chocolate. You never know what you gonna get”.

Nobody expected the pandemic and the stay-at-home order we’ve all been experiencing lately. Unless you’re a teenager playing video games all day in his mother’s basement, your lifestyle has probably been impacted greatly by this virus. Between the necessary sanitary precautions, the uncertainty of tomorrow, the constant mixed messages in the media, and the social distancing sometimes applied in mysterious ways, we all have to adapt to what seems to be a never-ending situation.

At the moment, those who are considered essential workers, those working at home, and those not working alike, all share the same doubts and concerns about the real risks for their current health and their financial future.

Reading the Stoic philosophers, like Seneca, Marcus Aurelius and Chuck Norris, makes you think about another way to deal with the present circumstances by asking a simple question: how can this make you grow?

Therefore, I ask you: how can we use this situation to get better, stronger, leaner, more knowledgeable, more skilled? How can we find the many positive sides of the life we’re living right now, apart from the fact that driving in Seattle is a breeze?

Kettlebility has been closed to the public for too many weeks already and the team has been working on improving our facility: repainting, de-cluttering, opening a new recovery/treatment room in the studio, etc. In other words, we get ready for the day when the Kettlebility family will be allowed to come back and train with us.

But in the meantime, we can all use this opportunity to work on our personal goals and to better ourselves.

Andrea and I have seen some of our members, either in person or online, who’ve shown impressive changes during the ongoing 12-week Transformation Challenge. That’s very inspiring!

I used these last weeks to attend a couple of online courses and certifications I never had time to do, trained every day and got some new personal records with a barbell, practiced on a daily basis some skills I wanted to improve, worked on Olympic rings movements, read several non-fiction books instead of watching 6 seasons of Downton Abbey to fine-tune my British accent, and pushed myself to drink a gallon of water a day instead of a gallon of French cognac.

In a moment of pure craziness, I even stopped drinking coffee. After a whole week, and probably tipped by some concerned neighbors, the police had to force me to ingest some delicious Sumatra. Since then, the street is quiet and peaceful again.

How great would it be to see everyone back to the studio in a few weeks, healthy, well rested, leaner, stronger and motivated to keep following this path?

At the end, the question is simply:”If you could have cloned yourself before the Pandemic, would you be able to kick you clone’s butt after COVID-19?”

–Vic Verdier

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