The Weekly Dose of Awesome

The 8am class works their shoulder stability with handstand holds

We've never had an inanimate object as an Awesome before, but it's high time we paid tribute to our new gym which has proved to be just as excellent as Jenny and I hoped when we first laid eyes on it. It was a high-end furniture store back then, but we could see the gritty, industrial bones showing through and knew it was just waiting for its concrete slab floors and wood beams to be celebrated with chalk, sweat, tears, and more chalk.

The new UB is home to my favourite people, the UB community - people who come from massively diverse backgrounds and who have the most interesting jobs and fantastic lives. Sometimes I find out that our athletes are rocket scientists (like when Tushar told me he was working that weekend because someone dropped a wrench into his satellite) or surgeons (like when Dino told me I'd splinted my hand wrong and then proceeded to diagnose my wrist issue). Sometimes I hear about your awesome travel adventures (like Andrea & Steve going to Antarctica) or your dedication to co-living and preserving SF's uniqueness (Jessy, Robbie, and Derek's Embassy Network) or how many Monsters you drank to deal with the sacrifice of being a night-shift nurse (Lindsay Dragon!). These are just a few examples of how you guys blow my mind with how cool you are. The fact that you choose to be part of UB's community makes me feel so thankful.

Now because I've just made such a great case that UB is awesome, and that UB's community is awesome, and I know I don't even have to convince you that our coaches are awesome, so I hope you'll turn out to celebrate this outpouring of awesome on Sunday for our Grand Opening!

There'll be a taco bar, suitable food for the paleo amongst us, BEER, a sunny patio, and of course an amazing WOD to get us all sweaty. Come one, come all - bring your loved ones, bring your kids, and help us celebrate our new space!

Olivia Graff

Olivia's athletic origins lie in gymnastics and circus arts. After finding CrossFit in 2007, she became obsessed, and three years later left her IT career and opened United Barbell. Olivia is particularly passionate about helping people new to fitness to find joy in their growing athletic abilities. Since the birth of her daughter, Isis, in 2013, Olivia can add helping little ones find their athletic path to her list of passions.