Written by C.J. Martin
Our very own super coach Michele Vieux goes in today for a bionic knee! Michele has had a torn ACL and a bucket-handle tear of her meniscus since 1998. Despite the injury, Michele competed as an individual at the CrossFit Games in 2008 and 2009, and was a critical member of the 2010 Invictus team that took 4th place at the CrossFit Games. She has also been a dedicated coach demonstrating movements and coaching clients for the past 5 years. To say that her ability to overcome and work around a significant injury has been remarkable would be an understatement. But a long-term fix is long overdue.
Michele will undergo surgery Thursday morning. She will be out rehabilitating for 6-8 weeks . . . but she will likely still be keeping good dibs on each of you that she normally coaches. While she won’t be up on her feet in the gym, she will be online working on cookbooks, recipes, blog articles and following up on her clients’ progress.
I would love for you all to wish her the best as she recovers. The recovery requires some patience and a lot of hard work, but for those of us who know and love Michele, it is very exciting to know that she will finally be back to full health on both wheels.
Good luck Michele!!!
And a note to any gym owners out there reading this . . . there are ways to provide group insurance to your employees. Your staff is like your family, take good care of them. One of my proudest moments so far as a gym owner was the day we secured group health insurance for all of our employees. We expect our coaches to be professionals, and it’s important that we treat them like professionals. Michele has been one of my closest friends for five years. Securing group insurance benefits allowed her to finally take the steps that will greatly improve her quality of life . . . and make her an even better coach for the next decade or so. Please investigate how to get your staff insured (if they’re not already). We can change the fitness industry for the better, it’s already happened on the exercise side, now let’s make it happen on the business side. Treat your employees as professionals and I promise it will benefit your business and our industry.