Glory Fitness had very humble beginnings. Glory Fitness was originally located in Auburn, Michigan – a place where a hot day is 85 degrees in the summer. My father and I did our first workout together in his basement. We thought we were tough, so I said we should do “Murph.” If you have done “Murph” before, you are probably laughing at this. “Murph” is: Run 1 mile, 100 pull ups, 200 push ups, 300 air squats, Run 1 mile. We would do the pull ups, push ups and squats in the basement, run up the stairs and out the door into the beautiful 40 degree rain. I finished in around an hour, my dad around an hour and 20 minutes. He was sore for a week. We were hooked.
We opened Glory Fitness in my parent’s garage. In the winter, you’d walk in with your snow covered shoes, kick off the snow, and start warming up. We had a few rubber mats, squat racks, and a single rower. Our pull up bars were bolted to the wall and constructed of black metal pipes. Our neighbors thought we were absolutely nuts (we were though). Over time, we convinced a few to try it out.
After outgrowing the garage, we moved to a 1,200 square foot garage with its’ own bathroom! Life was good. That gym had the best running trail. No one will forget that. After two years, we were ready to expand again!
Our third location was a 3.500 sq. ft. carwash. Yes, an old car wash. This one had a bathroom and a shower! It was a large, open facility, with the coolest mural we’d ever seen. After a year, my father decided it was time to truly retire. He sold gym and moved to Florida with my mother. By the way, my mom is a saint. She let us turn her garage into a gym and bring strangers into her house to use the bathroom in the beginning. She also always got her way when we thought of workouts for Saturdays.
The new owners of the gym graciously let us keep the Glory Fitness name to use. I decided to move back to Yuma. (I lived in Yuma for a year in 2011) Two reasons – I love Yuma and I wanted to be closer to my now wife. She’s also a saint. I took the Glory Fitness name with me and opened up a gym in Downtown Yuma. It’s a 5,500 sq. ft. building with about 3,000 sq. ft. of workout space. I would never have believed CrossFit Glory would have ended up in Yuma 5 years ago. The gym has had an amazing journey so far with lots of time left to grow and attract new people.