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