Going Mobile: When One Gym Door Closes, Another One Opens

August 2, 2020 by
Courtesy of: Darwin Rojas (https://www.instagram.com/coachdarwinp.r/)
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As the story has gone for many gym owners in recent weeks, the ongoing pandemic led Darwin Rojas to close his gym in Juncos, Puerto Rico, a gym he had owned for 18 years.

In Rojas’ case, however, this hasn’t meant the end of gym ownership. It has meant reinventing his space into a cleverly-designed mobile gym, housed in a 8.5 by 16-foot trailer.

  • “I decided not to reopen my gym and make this new concept. The high prices of light, rent, water and maintenance required with a location (was hard). This (also) gives me the freedom to take my gym anywhere,” said Rojas.

The details: PR Mobile Fitness officially opens today with his first 5 a.m. class. He will travel around with his trailer to “different parks, tracks and beaches,” he said, offering eight group classes a day, as well as one-on-one personal training.

  • Rojas already has 115 existing members, but is planning on growing his mobile gym “to reach any town in Puerto Rico where they need me,” he said.

One big thing: Rojas has spent upwards of $22,500 putting his mobile gym together, which includes everything you’d find in a CrossFit affiliate, including pull-up bars, ropes to climb and targets for wall balls, all of which extend from the trailer.

Though he admits he’s a bit anxious to get going with his new concept, his overarching feeling is excitement.

  • “I am the most excited by the response of the people, many being interested in being a part of a mobile box, and (one) that gives me freedom to move around,” he said.

(Rojas comments were translated from Spanish).

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