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Old 12-10-2010, 08:35 AM   #11
Sean Dunston
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Re: How to have a successful CrossFit

cool.
I'll check you out next time I'm in town. My cousin's place is about 10 minutes from there in Silver Lake.
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Old 12-10-2010, 09:17 AM   #12
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I think that's everyone's point. Looking good, and being good are mutually exclusive qualities.
hard to hear my sarcasm.

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Old 12-10-2010, 03:38 PM   #13
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Re: How to have a successful CrossFit

I guess I'm too old school. My first Crossfit gym was Mike's Gym, a dusty two car garage with rusty barbells. Mike Burgener was the trainer and Josh Everett was one of the trainees. To me the people is what makes a great gym. The amenities are secondary.

Brick Crossfit -- who are the trainers and what are their qualifications? Who is Peter Strauss and why does he have only 2 posts here? How involved has he been in Crossfit?
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Old 12-10-2010, 05:11 PM   #14
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Re: How to have a successful CrossFit

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hard to hear my sarcasm.

Damn! Can't believe I missed that one! Speakers must have been on mute.
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Old 12-11-2010, 02:38 AM   #15
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Re: How to have a successful CrossFit

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The concept of Brick CrossFit was to create something that would appeal to everyone...
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and ideas and congratulations on your new box. Sounds like you've planned and worked hard to get up and running.


If I might share some advice: It's impossible to appeal to 'everyone'....nor should you try. You will go broke, crazy or both trying.

When I first opened CrossFit Ormond, I didn't know if the fitness community in our small 'retirement' town would work hard enough to support a 'full fledged' CrossFit gym. So I initially ran a hybrid of sorts...Kettlebell / TRX classes, a little bit of bootcamp and CrossFit. That didn't work well for me. It muddled my identity and confused potential clients.

Less than a year into owning my box, all of my clients were begging for more CrossFit sessions, so I phased out the other classes and went full CrossFit. This was the best thing I ever did! It allowed me to focus on one thing and become very good at that 'one' thing. Being very good at one thing is much better than being so-so at six, eight or ten And that is going to keep your clients happy and word of mouth will bring you more.

Oh, I am going strong into my third year of 3,000+ dusty warehouse sq/ft off the beaten path, next to the railroad tracks and a landfill, have no a/c or heat, no cleaning crew (me-leaf blower-mop), one bathroom and only the essential equipment needed to CrossFit. Started in 1,500sq.ft and had to expand within 8 months. People who want CrossFit will find you and if you are good, they will stay

Welcome to the CrossFit family of affiliates!

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Old 12-11-2010, 08:58 AM   #16
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Re: How to have a successful CrossFit

Hey Tish,

I was wondering if you had showers when you started and if you have them now. Just curious.
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Old 12-12-2010, 12:13 AM   #17
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Re: How to have a successful CrossFit

Hmmm....I measure success in differently. Not sure how being open a month can give you an idea of what it takes to be a successful affiliate, let alone give advice on the matter.

Wonder what their avg client value is
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Old 12-12-2010, 08:44 AM   #18
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Re: How to have a successful CrossFit

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2. Appeal- Brick CrossFit looks sharp. We spent good amount of $, making the place look awesome, unlike any other CrossFit I have seen (facebook: Brick CrossFit for photos). Make sure your CrossFit is always clean! We have a cleaning crew every night
The place does look beautiful, but with 5000sf to play with, is there a reason that you have only two squat stands and no legit Oly lifting platforms with wood centers? At least that's how it looks from the pics. If I wrong, my bad.

Looks like you do have some cross-over appeal going on there. Good luck!
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Old 12-12-2010, 08:49 AM   #19
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hard to hear my sarcasm.

Not at all, John. Nice shooting.
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Old 12-12-2010, 09:53 AM   #20
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Re: How to have a successful CrossFit

I'm no expert...but some more info on the webpage would be helpful, and might I suggest making your facebook page un-private? People shouldn't need to "friend" you to see pics and get details.

I took the CF LA Biz seminar, but i've NEVER known John Burch to be sarcastic! weird...
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