The story.

CrossFit HighGear in Medina, OH completely renovated a 16,000 square foot building and then relocated their entire CrossFit box. They did it themselves, and they did it in only 37 days.

Say what?

After months of searching for a bigger location, CrossFit HighGear owners Heidi and Jeff Bogue and Tom and Anna Karos found it when an old rubber gasket factory came up on the market.

“It was a no brainer,” said Heidi. “It had amazing potential as our new CrossFit gym.  It truly was an answer to prayer.”

CrossFit HighGear

But, the 16,000 square foot factory needed a ton of work, as old factories do. But the owners came up with an idea.

Tell me more.

“I developed the ‘Win-Win To Move In’ initiative as a way to mobilize our community to make things happen quickly and to reward the work of hard members. Each member was compensated $10 per hour towards their membership, and some of our members have literally worked for an entire year’s worth of membership dues,” Heidi told us in an email.

The gym officially moved on January 26th, without a single moving truck. Members loaded their own vehicles, trucks, and trailers and moved all the equipment in only a matter of hours. From start to finish, it took the community of CrossFit HighGear 37 days to renovate a factory and move their box.

House warming party anyone?

That same night, HighGear celebrated with a WOD.  Almost 70 people comfortably and safely worked out together with barbells, wall balls, pull-ups, burpees and plenty of room to spare. “We’ve always been much more than a gym,” remarked owner Tom Karos.  “We are about changing lives, one rep at a time.”

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