The coronavirus, a novel strain that is making its way to a global pandemic, is officially affecting the fitness industry at large. In this article, we’ll cover what the coronavirus is, why it is called a novel virus, how it is affecting the fitness community, and a list of precautions you can take to help prevent the spread.

What is the coronavirus?

The coronavirus is actually part of a large family of viruses. Some of those viruses are the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Coronaviruses are transmitted between animals and people.

Why is it called a novel virus?

This particular strain of coronavirus is a new strain, one which has not been previously identified in humans. The current pandemic of coronavirus is called COVID-19.

How is it affecting the fitness community?

Several major events have been canceled or postponed due to the outbreak. Here is a list as of time of publication:

The Arnold Expo has been canceled. Arnold himself made a statement, declaring that he was not about to take on the inherent risk of bringing 250,000 people together in one shared space.

The Natural Products Expo West, the annual showcasing of new natural products in the health and fitness market, has been postponed.

The Asia CrossFit Championship, an official CrossFit Sanctioned event that qualifies athletes for the CrossFit Games, is postponed as is the Compex Box Challenge in Italy.

The Italian Showdown, the West Coast Classic and the CrossFit German Throwdown are currently expected to proceed as planned, but are monitoring the outbreak closely.

The Summer Olympics seem to be up in the air, with conflicting reports out on how they will proceed.

What to watch out for

Keep an eye on symptoms. The World Health Organization states, “Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.”

How to stay healthy

Congratulations, if you’re a Strength Insider you’re probably already well along this road. By taking the best care of your body as you can through diet, exercise, and recovery you are probably already in great health. But make sure you are on a supplement program to help keep your immune system strong. Also, make sure you keep your nutrition on point, as well as your training. Even if you’re stuck at home, there are things you can do to keep training. Staying in the best health possible raises your odds of remaining healthy through seasons like these.

Lastly, the WHO recommends “regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.”

When you go to the gym, make sure you wipe down all of your training equipment before you use it and after you are done with it. If possible, do not share equipment with anyone else in a group class. If you sweat on anything, disinfect it immediately. Most importantly, wash your hands thoroughly and often.


In summary, the coronavirus is spreading quickly but there are steps you can take to help prevent it in your home and gym. Make sure you take good care of yourself, eat well, and wash your hands.

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