The Story Behind the Savannah Bar: Great Customers Make us Better
One day late last winter, CrossFit Greendale Box Owner Frank Colavita and PRx Performance CEO Brian Brasch were on the phone chatting (fun fact: Brian remembers it being warm enough to go without a coat). Frank met Brian and Erik Hopperstad (PRx President and co-founder) at the Granite Games a couple of years ago where he became one of PRx’s first large customers. He was also one of the first box owners outside of Fargo to purchase our rigs!
Make Fitness Accessible to All
As Brian and Frank chatted on that uncharacteristically warm day, Frank mentioned this amazing athlete he had been working with and an idea he had about a pull up bar that would change her life. You see, Savannah has Cerebral Palsy and traditional pull up bars don’t work for her. Frank & Brian did a bit of brainstorming and from that conversation, the concept for the Savannah Bar was born!
From there, we got our engineers to come up with a design and send it to our metal shop to develop a prototype. We knew we had something special when we received this:
Savannah: The Girl Behind the Bar
It has been truly gratifying and humbling to see this girl in action. Savannah has a lot of spunk and spirit (hence her nickname, 'savage'), which you can witness for yourself on her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/savannah.mitcham/
Savannah with her new bar Frank and Savannah
With the Savannah Bar, we're working to support an entire community of athletes who get out there and crush it everyday - in their workouts and in their daily life. That's why we've committed to giving 5% of every Savannah Bar sold to the organization I Am Adaptive.
I Am Adaptive's mission centers around 3 goals:
- Educate - I AM ADAPTIVE™ aims to reach millions through our unique educational outreach programs that work to rid the world of the words "handicapped & disabled" and help those who have gone through any traumatic event.
- Socialize - I AM ADAPTIVE™is building the largest social media networking platform for Adaptive culture by providing a place for those who are looking to Unleash Their Greatness.
- Mobilize - I AM ADAPTIVE™ is working with innovative companies and foundations that look to provide mobility equipment for those who need it most, when they need it most.
Accommodates All Sizes of Athletes - Big & Small!
The Savannah Bar is also a useful for making our racks more accessible to kids! One of our local box owners bought the Savannah Bar so she could share her workout time with her family. Here’s what she has to say about one of her boys using the Savannah Bar:
“He really enjoys that pull up bar, by the way. He has been doing a lot of workouts with me at the gym, and I thought I’d surprise him with his own pull up bar. My partner said we needed three more, and the reception by our members has been great. It adds a lot of value for them!”
~ Jess G, CrossFit Fargo Owner and Athlete
Fits both Racks
The Savannah Bar is universal: compatible with both our Profile (2x3 11 gauge steel tubing) and our Profile PRO Racks (3x3 11 gauge steel tubing). The bar has a medium grit for getting a good grip without tearing your hands.
And, if there's any question about what this thing can handle, just check out this quick clip! (Thanks to Frank & Savannah for sharing this with us!)
Looking for more product specs? Check out the Savannah Bar page!