Finished building our gym v. Pics (56k gtfo)

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  1. Hamster

    Hamster Active Member

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Here's the front portion of the gym complete. The flooring and the pull up bars are done.
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    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.
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    This is the extra space we got for free - we just set up our rowers in there for now.
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    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
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    Flying Pull Ups in action http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6j7csB3L8Y
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    This is what happens when you haven't maintained your hands and your grip fails during 'retard' pull ups.
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    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.
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    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

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    From start to finish it took us almost exactly 3 weeks to put everything together. And in the end we got cake.
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  2. FluffNugget

    FluffNugget aww Baby Zero aww OT Supporter

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    lol at the cake
     
  3. evh

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    props man, nice work.
     
  4. daneeyah

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    reallly nice :h5:
     
  5. TheMarchHare

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    where is this??? i'd love to check this out.
     
  6. Looks very clean, bet it was a ton of work. :bowdown:
     
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    i'm interested in crossfit. Why do you think the program is somewhat retarded?
     
  8. noogles

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    walking the bar must've been awesome lol
     
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    Nice place. crossfit still = lose though
     
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    im coming to socal this weekend. can i come down for a crossfit workout? first 300 pound traps-to-ears crossfitter?
     
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    Hahahaha do it!
     
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    IB can't do a pullup, but will end up doing standing military presses with dudes deadlift maxes.
     
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    never tired pullups, but at 280-290 i was doing chins for sets of 8.. couple times i hit 10. pure bodyweight exercise, anytime my BW dipped (even by 5-6 pounds) id hit an extra rep LOL
     
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    Nice. I wish I have a gym.
     
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    So you're a co owner? The gym actually looks pretty awesome, it would be a nice change from the everyday weight training workout.

    I don't know why you're complaining about all the hot chicks :naughty: Someone here pointed out a while back that crossfit seems to either attract hot chicks or make them hot.

    Then again if you came in here bragging about hot chicks, we'd be pointing out how gay crossfit is and that there aren't any jacked dudes. This is F&N after all.
     
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    awesome writeup and pics dude, i know you've been bustin your ass on this

    can't wait to train in the gym whenever i visit SD next :bowdown:
     
  17. Anabolic Pop-Tarts

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    Nice work bro! Lots of hard work paying off. Looks great.
     
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    San Diego? If you were closer to OC I would be in :hs:
     
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    looks sick man
     
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    look at dem guns! :eek3:
     
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    Fuck it, you're part owner of a gym, whether crossfit or not.
    Still pretty badass
     
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    I wanna bone this chick
     
  23. Sylva

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    She's more jacked then any of the guys in the pics. :rofl:
     
  24. Uglybob69

    Uglybob69 I miss beer.

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    Good luck. WTF with people starting crossfit gyms
     
  25. Formz

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    Thats exactly what I was thinking. That chick is the only one who looks like she works out.
     
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