|Time to move|
|Who knew bouncing a ball could hurt so bad|
|100th Burpee and contemplation of it|
|Secret Service test in action|
Its dark and damp. There are no windows and the ceiling repeatedly spat out mortar and flakes of old construction material. In the winter it was heated mainly by the bodies of suffering athletes. In the summer it was so hot that you felt you would suffocate. The only music allowed was metal and hard core punk. It was the dungeon in the basement of the Old City Hall. It looked like The Gimp could stroll out at any moment. Yet I will miss it dearly as it was the perfect den for the group of alt athletes, punk fitness maniacs and outdoor adventure types who showed up to work out there every morning for the last three years. It was Duluth underground at its best. Violent, raw and holistic all at the same time.
I have seen lives transformed in this dungeon. I have forged friendships here and I have seen people rise above fear, rise above challenge and literally show what they are made of ( I would include myself in all of these cases).
Adam and Liz Dailey should be respected for what they have created in the basement of the Old City Hall. That respect was not given however when the gym was unexpectedly and unceremoniously told to leave the building on one days notice this week by the owner of the building due to renovations. It speaks to the strength of the community that Adam has built that so many people are pitching in to move the gym to a new location at 1st West and 1st Street. I know we will make it ours and hell, it will be nice to have a window to look out as I crank out my planks or the 100th burpee somebody makes me do.....