Original CrossFitters Greg and Mallee Amundson share lessons learned as athletes at the historic CrossFit Headquarters on how to establish and grow a world-class garage gym.
My wife Mallee and I were blessed with great opportunities in CrossFit while living in Santa Cruz, Calif. Although life was ideal in Santa Cruz, the nature of working for the federal government requires flexibility and an advance agreement to relocate on short notice to domestic and international posts. In June 2008, I was notified my surfing days in Santa Cruz would be “temporarily” suspended in lieu of hiking sand dunes in the middle of the Southern California desert.
The first thing Mallee and I did when we were informed of our post of duty was check the CrossFit Affiliate page. We were shocked to discover no CrossFit affiliates anywhere in the entire county of Imperial, Calif.
Upon our arrival in Imperial County, we had the bare necessities a garage gym needs to sustain athletic development. However, we longed for a more complete garage gym with the look, feel and inspiration of a regular CrossFit box. In addition to building our garage gym, Mallee and I were eager to share our passion for CrossFit with our new community. The question was where to find people to work out with us?