In August of last year, I made a decision that fundamentally changed my life. After roughly three years with the company, I decided to step away from Alchemy 365. I did so in order to move back home to my home state of Vermont, to live at home with my mom, and to do whatever I could to support my family. And through it all, I could feel Alchemy in my heart.
As COVID-19 began to sweep through the country, and businesses began to close, that feeling was amplified 100x. I relentlessly pestered anyone and everyone I could get ahold of, always with one burning question:
“How is Alchemy doing?”
I did what I could to stay plugged into the community. From the Alchemy Community Facebook Group to the Burpee Wave and everywhere between, it was my goal to stay immersed in the community that had given me so much. At the end of the day I just wanted to do something – anything – to help the community that had helped me become the person that I am. Because at the end of the day, it was the Alchemy community that stayed in my heart.
Fast forward to June of this year. An opportunity presented itself, and in a flash I was back to Minnesota with the team and the community I love so dearly. It was something I had been thinking about for quite some time, and when the offer came through I knew in my heart it was, now, the right thing to do. There was no if; there was only when. I’m officially back in Minnesota, back with Alchemy, and back to coaching where it all began for me in Edina.
(Shameless plug: As you feel comfortable coming into the studio, I’d love to have you in my class.)
There is no playbook for making a decision like this. There is no protocol, no checklist, to tell you that what you’re doing is truly the right thing. Especially now, given the circumstances, there is no “right answer.” Only you can know, for you, if what you are doing is right. So, I won’t sit here and tell you what you should do when it comes to life-changing decisions.
But I will tell you this:
When I made my decision, I wasn’t motivated (just) by the prospect of getting back to coaching; I had been coaching at a local CrossFit affiliate the whole time I was home. When I made my decision, I wasn’t motivated (just) by the prospect of immersing myself in fitness; like many of you, I did more workouts during the lockdown than I had in the months preceding. No, when I made my decision I was motivated by one thing more than anything else:
I was motivated by the community.
I was motivated by you.
The world is nothing short of upside down right now. As we navigate the process of living life on life’s terms, there’s a lot that goes into every decision of every day…and it’s rarely easy to do. So in the midst of all the chaos, allow me to provide a few things you can be sure of:
First, I promise that the Alchemy community is here for you.
Second, I promise that the Alchemy community isn’t going anywhere.
Even if it means how we show up for you looks a little different right now, we’re going to do everything in our power to ensure that the magic of the community never fades.
Which is exactly what motivated the creation of Alchemy 365 Anywhere.
You won’t be surprised to hear that we’re excited about the prospect of what this new platform is, and what it can become. Live streaming workouts every day. Full classes available on demand. Bodyweight and torpedo workouts. All your favorite coaches, delivering your favorite Alchemy product, all in one place.
But most importantly of all, Alchemy Anywhere presents a whole new opportunity for us – all of us – to foster the Alchemy community that has gotten us here in the first place. Amidst all of life’s uncertainties, Alchemy Anywhere ensures that the Alchemy community will continue to exist, and will continue to thrive.
We’re so excited about Alchemy Anywhere because it means my promises won’t be broken.
And as we relentlessly strive to make Alchemy Anywhere better, we’ll forever be motivated by the same thing:
We’re motivated by this community.
We’re motivated by you.
Alchemy isn’t just about the workouts. It never has been. Alchemy is what Alchemy is because of the community. Alchemy is what Alchemy is because of you. You are why Alchemy will become everything that I know in my heart it can be. And now, you are why Alchemy Anywhere will become everything that I – and we – know it can be.
If you are curious about Alchemy Anywhere, I highly recommend you check it out for yourself. There’s a one-week free trial, and I promise you’ll enjoy your experience.
And if you are passionate about the Alchemy community, please help us continue to grow by sharing Alchemy Anywhere on your personal social media pages or by sharing this blog post.
Our goal is to reach as many athletes around the world as we can so they can all experience this magical community we know and love so dearly – your help in making that possible is, and always will be, deeply appreciated!
Written by Konnor Fleming