Sofia Rudin: Tanner Baldauf is the owner and head coach of CrossFit Providence. Full disclosure: I started going to Tanner’s gym last year. I recently spoke to him about what the order to close means for him and his business.  

Tanner Baldauf: So my plan at the moment is we will be hosting a 7:00 am, 12:00 pm, a 5:30 pm class virtually through Zoom for our members. We will be hosting some Instagram Live classes.

We've had some cancellations and holds. Understandable. So I've been tracking it, just in case. And I’ll be honest, compared to other industries, we haven't gotten hit as hard yet, but we'll see. I was going to buy some new equipment, but we'll have to put a pin in that bad boy for now. You know, I'm not sure how long this is going to last. If I really need to, I've had the conversation with my coaches, I can put them on unemployment and myself if I really need to.

But yeah, we’re really lucky, and I think it’s because we’re rolling out online stuff, and we’re about to roll out even more. And also because, I don't know, I feel like members want to come back to the gym, right? So it's like if they don't pay, then there's not going to be a gym to come back to. 

SR: Yeah, and obviously the impact on your business is one thing, but how are you personally dealing with all these changes?

TB: Yeah, it's interesting, you know. As weird as it sounds, I really don't feel that stressed. And I'm not sure if I'm just like, it hasn't hit me yet, or it's just that everyone is so awesome and I really have a great supportive group. But so far-- obviously, I’m nervous for my business and what may happen. But that being said, CrossFit is more than just a monetary transaction. I know every single person that walks through this door. So everyone here really has that sense of community and it's almost like bringing us closer together, even though we're far apart.

SR: For other people whose routines and lives are being really shaken up, do you have any advice about how to stick with, not just the fitness, but to maintain a community?

TB: Yeah, so I think the first thing is that it's gonna be an emotional rollercoaster. So just understand that that's how it's going to be for the next couple of weeks and just focus on what you can control. Try to embrace it. Be kind to other people. Right? Like, we're all in this situation together.

Obstacles are just a part of life. So they're inevitable. They're always going to come up. And it's that mindset approaching it, getting over it. And then once you get over it, lots of growth comes from that. So it's just time to get creative and grow. And sometimes growing doesn't mean more. It means doing the same thing with less.

SR: Thank you so much, Tanner. 

TB: Yeah. Big shout out to all the small businesses. Make sure we put that in there, alright? Support your local businesses. We're all in this together. If we don't support each other, no one will.