Almost There!

August 24, 2009

It’s been a busy month getting the space ready, while still training every morning and night!  I finally got some pictures ready to post.  I’m afraid to show the really bad before pictures, so I’m only including one that shows an example of some of the stuff left behind. I filled a trailer that is 16 feet long, 6 1/2 feet wide and 2 feet tall with the garbage that was left behind. That does not even include a fully functional (but dirty) stainless steel refrigerator that I kept, a functioning microwave and all the recyclable material that I recycled separately!

I will be open next week.  The new phone is installed (but they didn’t set up the voicemail yet) so I connected an answering machine.  The phone number for the gym is (763) 267-7847.  The ads have been running in the Delano Herald and the Shopper.  The hits on the site have been through the roof due to the advertising.  For those of you that have seen the paper ads and have checked out the site, if you contact the gym and leave me a message prior to the opening date of 9/1 I will let you sign up for the reduced rate of $49 per month (this includes a mandatory introductory session).  Mention that you saw the ad on this site.

Let’s get to the good stuff – pictures. Here’s a before pic:


Work on the space has been constant.  The sound system is installed (speakers on the back wall), most of the painting is completed, the flooring is in, and the mirrors are in. I still need to anchor the ropes (which can be seen on the floor).  We will have a bright space to work out in!

Almost Ready

Ron helped me install the rack for the bandit loops.  2 pairs of the loops are hanging and the third will go up this weekend. In the meantime, the kids have found a fun purpose for the loops. My purpose might not be quite as fun, but will be very functional.

New Use for Bandit Loops

This pic is not related to the new space, but I felt the need to comment on this nice swing!  Mike you are looking great!

Nice Swing


Space Update

August 17, 2009

The new space is located at 214 River Street North, in Delano.  I hope to get some pictures posted soon!

My ad ran in this week’s Delano Herald for the first time.  I will be running weekly ads to get the word out.

The paint is up on three of the walls.  The new storefront should be installed at the end of this week or the beginning of next week.  Once the new glass and door is installed, we will be able to paint the front wall. The mirrors are installed – all 26 feet!  A new bathroom door is also in.  We have installed half the flooring. The rest of the flooring should be installed by the end of the week.  The phone and internet should be installed Friday. The phone was supposed to be installed 2 weeks ago, but they ran into problems with the service to the building

All my kettlebells, ropes, bandit loops, jump ropes, barbells and dumbells have arrived. I still need to install anchors for the bandit loops and ropes.

In all, we should be ready to go for the anticipated 9/1 open date!

p.s. Good luck at national team trials this weekend Brittany!!!!

New Space!

August 8, 2009

Thanks Brittany for your last comment!  After reading it, I thought I should give everyone an update.  I have leased a great space that will give us 1500 square feet of pure workout space.  In this space we should be able to have plenty of room to move!

I am looking for a 9/1 open date, and will be having an open house sometime in October.  I’ve ordered a bunch of new equipment (some of which we’ve  already used – like the timer).  I’ve received all my 12, 16 and 20 kg kettlebells (26 total) from Art of Strength – these new bells  are awesome!.  I’m still waiting on the new 8, 24 and 32 kg kettlebells from Art of Strength.  I have also received all my ropes as well as the old school barbells and dumbells – ready to create real strength?  I’ve got my 4, 28, 36, 40 and 44 kg bells from Perform Better – they have been great to work with as well.

Let me get back to the painting… I started yesterday and got two surprise helpers and two surprise baby sitters.  As a result, we were able to get some serious paint up, and finished it off with Dave’s Town Club food 🙂 Then, this morning as I was going to go for a run with Brittany, the two helpers took my key and got the second coat up without me!!!  Thanks, thanks, thanks!

Tomorrow, the new bathroom door gets installed, and hopefully more paint if today’s is dry enough to tape for nice, clean, sharp edges.

Mirrors will be delivered by the end of the week and the new storefront will be installed at the end of this week or the beginning of next week – thanks Glass Doctor!

Still need A/C…. way too hot to train indoors in the summer without it.

Hey, by the way…. I heard Tana is down two sizes 🙂  She brought her son (recently graduated from high school) and I think she out performed him???  Also, her son brought a friend, Lee, for a couple workouts.  It was fun working with Lee this week.  I hope to see him back before him and Gavin go off to college.  Good luck in college guys!!!