We finished building our new gym last week so I thought I'd post some pics. Yes it's a CrossFit gym, and yes lots of people think the program is retarded (me included somewhat), but I'm pretty proud of the work we did, so I thought I'd share. This is how the place looked when we got it. Black White and Red paint on the wall and mirrors all over the place. In total, the place is about 4800 sq ft and we have an additional 800sq ft that we can use as storage until they can find a renter or we decided to take it. We started tearing by tearing out the ceiling and taking out all the insulation and junk. We accidentally cut the phone and internet lines that connected to the business next door (which also happened to be our landlord) He wasn't too busted up about it but it did cost us a pretty penny to replace. The contractors worked for about a week putting up new lighting and fixing up the bathrooms and stuff like that. Meanwhile we starting prepping our old gym to move. The biggest thing we needed to move was our pull up bar from the old gym pictured here. Our old place is not much bigger than what is visible in this picture. You can see how cramped our old space was - it was only about 800 usable sq ft. Anyway, the main part of the pull up bars was about 20ft long and wouldn't fit in any of the trucks we had. So instead of playing it smart we walked it 2.7 miles from our old place to the new one. It took us roughly 48 minutes - within the first 2 minutes we all agreed that it was the dumbest thing we've ever done collectively. But nobody was going to bitch out. With the pull up bars gone, all the equipment was moved to the new site. By this time the major renovations were done, but the contractors still had some work to do. We stayed open during construction. For the most part, the contractors worked when the gym was closed so it worked out fine. Equipment would move from the different ends of the gym depends on what we were working on. We covered the floor with horse stall mats so you can lift anywhere. But we made a couple lifting platforms from sheets of birch. Piecing everything together was a bitch. We have a total of 12 platforms - 6 in the front of the gym and 6 in the back. We upgraded the pull up bars to accommodate flying pull ups (elevators). You can see the beginnings of our bouldering wall here and the kids room on the right. Here's the front portion of the gym complete. The flooring and the pull up bars are done. The contractors took forever with to do the last finishing touches with paint and whatnot, but once they were done. We went straight to work. Four of us pulled an all nighter and got the rest of the gym done. Finished putting a few sets of gymnastic rings up and had the floor set up for our grand opening a day early. Views from the back room. We got whiteboards all over the place for recording times as well as teaching tools when we have lifting clinics. This is the extra space we got for free - we just set up our rowers in there for now. So that's about it. There's a few minor things we have to do, such as hang up some climbing ropes, get more equipment and put up more pull up bars but for the most part we're done and done. We did a workout the day before opening 12-9-6-3 body weight squat clean & jerks flying pull ups Platforms in use Flying Pull Ups in action http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6j7csB3L8Y This is what happens when you haven't maintained your hands and your grip fails during 'retard' pull ups. We had a good turn out on opening day. As you may notice, not one jacked dude in the building, and only one guy has a mustache. Such is the curse of CrossFit. Opening day workout For Time 400m run 50 pull ups 50 wall ball shots (20lbs) 50 kettlebell swings 400m run 50 knees to elbows 50 box jumps 50 double unders 400m run From start to finish it took us almost exactly 3 weeks to put everything together. And in the end we got cake.