CrossFit Vernon will hold an open house Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at its new location

CrossFit Vernon will hold an open house Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at its new location

CrossFit hosts fundraiser

Cole Bernier was seriously injured in a workplace accident and is recuperating at a Vancouver hospital.

CrossFit Vernon is excited about its new home.

The Vernon gym will hold a grand opening and special fundraiser Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at its new location, 1935-11th Ave.

Owner Jeremy Meredith opened the gym in a 900-square-foot facility in 2010. He and his girlfriend, Deanna Fester, have now expanded that to 6,400-square-feet with the new location.

The grand opening will feature food vendors, vendor booths, prizes and activities such as the always popular burpees (and a prize for the most in four minutes) as well as prizes for fastest 500-metre row and prowler push.

At 3 p.m., the gym will host a special fundraiser for Kelowna resident Cole Bernier, who was seriously injured in a workplace accident and is recuperating at a Vancouver hospital.

Meredith has been Bernier’s mentor for the past couple of years, and Bernier is a great friend of CrossFit Vernon.

Meredith was also Bernier’s coach for the 2015 CrossFit regionals, and created his workout program which assisted in Bernier qualifying for a spot amongst the top-25 men in Tacoma (Meredith and Fester both competed in Tacoma in June, beating out tens of thousands of athletes in the west to be in the top-25 men and women to qualify).

The fundraiser is a partner workout to raise money for Bernier’s recovery and family’s expenses while they are with him in Vancouver for the next couple months.

The workout includes a five-kilometre row, 250 wall balls, 150 burpees and 75 clean-and-jerks (Olympic weightlifting movement).

The aim to complete the reps with a partner as fast as possible and with the best quality of movement.

Those who can’t make it to the open house but would like to donate to Bernier’s recovery can do so at gofundme.com/bernierstrong.

Fester will be representing the gym and Vernon at the world powerlifting championships this month in Virginia Beach, Va.