Our walls go up this week. We're making progress on our new home!
As we get closer to our move in date, I find myself a bit emotional. We were originally supposed to be in our actual facility back in November, so we had never planned on starting as a garage gym...but that's how many OG CrossFit gyms began, and it's been so much fun!
CrossFit, Inc was born in 2000, but it's founder, Greg Glassman, created the methodology years earlier. The first official CrossFit affiliate (CrossFit North) opened in Seattle back in 2002 in a 10x20 garage. Communities were formed and people bonded early in the morning over coffee, barbells, blood, sweat and tears. By 2005, 13 affiliates were formed, and today there are more affiliates worldwide than there are Starbucks locations.
In this day and age most gyms don't start in a garage. That certainly wasn't our goal, but I wouldn't trade it for the world. It takes a special type of person who is willing to to roll up to a stranger's driveway in the dead of winter for a workout. We are so blessed to be able to occupy a shiny new facility with an amazing group of founding members who will play a crucial role in setting the welcoming, hard working and supportive culture of Bainbridge Island CrossFit.
Opening this affiliate has been a dream of ours for years, and we couldn't have done it without the support of our community. We are beyond excited to provide more services, but I will certainly miss the intimacy of those early mornings in the garage once they're gone.