Yesterday, we had our final inspections that were needed in order to get our C/O for the bottom floor of the new complex. After over 2 years, we are officially able to open CrossFit Vitality in our new location on January 4th. So many things have happened over the past two years, it was a pretty incredible feeling to be able to finally solidify a date to move in and start running classes at the new Vitality. I can barely remember clearing all the trees off the site over 2 years ago. I know that this opportunity has a ton to do with the guy in the picture below (Not Me). He has helped me take this from a cool idea to the reality of building one of the most unique fitness complexes in the Southeast.
Through the process of construction, I ended up spending more time with Gavin than I did with my own family. Without him, we wouldn’t be opening until closer to Christmas of 2017. He is one of those unique people who cares as much about the project he is working on as the developer does. He has spent the last 6 months working 7 days a week, hustling to try and get us moved in by January. He and Marty have helped make decisions along the way that will make the inside of this space very unique and I’m super excited to show everyone what they built. This is just the beginning for CrossFit Vitality, we have lots planned for 2016 and are happy to have all of you with us on this journey.
I have made a ton of mistakes through this process but have learned a lot. I learned that the old adage of, “If it is meant to be, things will fall into place”, couldn’t be further from the truth. If something is meant to be, it won’t come easy and most of the time it will feel like you’re trying to force a square peg into a round hole. There will be 100 circumstances that come up and will force you to consider if it is really worth the trouble. For most of the time, it will feel like you’re wading through quicksand during the process and at some point it will all feel worth it. I haven’t got to that point yet, however, I am out of the quicksand and will update you again once we get a few months under our belt to tell you if it was all worth it:)
I appreciate everyone’s support through this process. I have done my best to separate construction from my everyday life, but that became impossible about 18 months ago. This building consumed every waking thought that I had. That is what makes this building so special for us, watching it go from paper to taking form in reality. From having the most severe weather the Carolina’s have ever seen, to dealing with permitting, I have tried to not let it affect my attitude but as many of you I am sure have felt, there were many days that became a challenge that I lost. I am sure most of you are ready for the programming to no longer effect my thoughts on the weather….that is surely coming. However, what the new facility offers in “hazing opportunities” have me extremely excited to try a few ideas that I think have some potential for “fun”.
One thing that you will certainly benefit from is the “30 days of DU’s” that will start off our January programming cycle. I have waited 6 years to force many of you to get on board with DU’s…at the new space, we now have that ability. That is just one of many things that we have in store for you.
Thanks again for being patient with me during this process, we would never have this opportunity without the amazing community we have here at Vitality. Have a great Christmas and enjoy the last week at our current spot before we pack up and take the party down the road. We are starting to move so bear with us as you will begin to see Vitality breakdown and get moved piece by piece. Stay tuned for details on next Saturday for helping move the equipment to the new site for those available.