This started as a formal notification, just like all the other ones in our inboxes. It didn’t seem appropriate. This is an extremely emotional moment. Back Alley is 8 years old almost to the day. Other than a few holidays a year, we haven’t been closed in almost a decade.
As a community, we’ve done so much to support so many people who really needed your help during their darkest times. We’ve had some great parties, including the most epic party ever thrown for a sick kid and his family. We’ve seen you fight though crippling and unexpected illness, and we’ve tragically lost a member to cancer. There’ve too many babies born to count. Three months ago, we watched a mother fall to the ground in tears, because we gave her family a Christmas.
Every single time a member quits, we feel angry, frustrated and sad all at the same time. When someone comes back, we feel validated and thankful. Mel, Jordan, Josh, Gia, Sam, Mark, Nick, Leslie, Gia, Larry, Stacey, Kim, Sean, Tara. We’ve been together for almost a decade. We have a coaching thread with over 50,000 messages, 50% coaching/50% inappropriate GIFs. We’ve been through challenges and success, weddings, break-ups and births. We’d do anything for them. The point is that no one would guess that we’re talking about a gym. It’s so much more than that. Never in million years would we have thought all of these experiences and relationships would have come from a few dorks working out in a garage too small to actually fit a car.
We’ve been through a lot, but we’ve never been through anything like this. We have to close our doors. We have to do it for our community, we have to do it for all of you and we don’t know how long it’ll last. It’s devastating for us. We love this place, and the thought of losing it scares us to death.
Melissa will be dropping killer WODs and motivational speeches daily. We’ll introduce new skills and ideas to keep you on your game. Larry might throw in some surprise Zumba sessions. Katy will make you stop eating loaves of bread and boxes of cereal with nutrition challenge. We know it’s not the same as being in the gym, and we all have tough decisions to make. You don’t have to stay, but we REALLY want you to. We’ll do everything we possibly can to keep this community together, and support our well being while we all go through this. Please reach out directly if you just can’t swing it. When we come out the other side, we’ll be way overdue for a Back Alley party like no other Back Alley party!
Please take a second and share your own Back Alley memories or experience over the years. They mean a lot.
Our best, Charlie, Cody, Patrick and Katy