A deeper look into the lives of individuals helping our community during the Covid-19 Crisis
By Elizabeth Eisenhart
Father, Husband, Cross-fitter, Emergency Room Doctor, Everyday Hero
Expect the Unexpected is a phrase familiar to most cross-fitters. This mindset goal allows individuals the physical and mental preparation for whatever challenge or WOD that presents. For a local ER doctor, this mentality is holding true well outside the confines of the box.
Dr. Linus King, with a specialty in emergency medicine, has been a member at CFHV since January, 2019. He often comes to the gym at an irregular schedule before or after shifts at Temple University Hospital- Jeanes Campus in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia. He always brings a positive attitude that is both contagious and motivating. Corona has not changed this.
“When I work out I feel better. Everyone is anxious including me. That anxiety is toxic and when you workout, I think you decrease it a bit.”
Along with his full time clinical shifts, Linus is also helping to lead the nonclinical response to COVID-19. He is teaching staff how to use protective equipment, coordinating efforts with other hospital affiliates, and working on ways to increase capacity in order to handle more cases.
“We have a limited number of staff and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), but we are lucky to have a little lead time and are able to maximize what we have available.”
When he is not working, Linus is in quarantine like everyone else. The bright side is built in workout partners! His wife, Bronwyn has been creating fun workouts for the whole family to do together. Their children, Beckett, 6, and Juniper, 3, also join in. It allows them to “destress, stay active, and feel good.”
Keeping the structure of your fitness routine may be more important than ever. In a time of uncertainty, working out, eating well, and connecting with friends helps maintain balance. Try a live zoom workout or chat and see for yourself. Still not convinced?
“Just make it happen!” Remember, its doctor’s orders!
Want to help Linus and his staff be better equipped on the front line? Consider donating N95 and surgical masks to his team. Linus is accepting donations at his home or reply to this post for more information.