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Travis Loest 09-09-2009 07:28 PM

How far out did you all start the plan to affiliate? And what "timeline" did you use prior to the opening of your affiliate? I'm in the service and have about 4-ish years left but am looking to get a "cushy govt. part time job" and open a CrossFit gym when I get out. I'm currently working on saving for a Level 1 cert when I get back from deployment, I'm also trying to finagle the MWR (Morale Welfare & Recreation) people to host a Cert on base when I return, so maybe I won't have to foot that bill. I've also started purchasing gear for myself and am planning on getting enough to be able to train 4 guys at a time while we are in Iraq. I've been reading ridiculous amounts of posts here trying to get an idea of what I should be aiming for. Will probably get the Level 2 cert done within a two year time frame. What sort of "schooling" other than CrossFit should I be looking at, essentially for "validation" for those people who don't know what CrossFit is.

Things I have:
passion for training/teaching; particularly CrossFit
understanding of the fundamental exercises of CrossFit
understanding of CrossFit principles
ability to manage diverse people

General Ideas So Far: (not necessarily in order)
Lvl 1 & 2; and Nutrition certs
getting a cert/assoc. in small business management
getting a cert/assoc. in exercise science
getting a cert in the alphabet soup that is personal training (what is the general thought on this?)
look into getting quotes for insurance (not too big a deal as they will change in the next couple of years, but get a general idea)
work on coaching (good thing I've got 30 Soldiers to practice on)
accumulating quality gear (to take some of the sting out of the initial financial outlay)

I'm sure there are plenty of people who've just stepped off the cliff and made it work. I'd like to get as much information as possible, without suffering from "paralysis from overanalysis" Thanks in advance for all your input.

Justin Emmons 09-11-2009 09:05 PM

Re: Timelines?
looks like you got some good ideas on what to do. the level 1 is good. the exercise science and nutrition background will be real helpful. If you want a mainstream certification that will validate you i.e. put some letters behind your name, the NSCA is a well recognized respectable certification. They have Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist but you have to have a degree in an exercise related field. For those that don't have the degree you can get the certified personal trainer which in most circles is recognized as a good legitimate certification. you are a bit far out to look at insurance at this point. i would work on building gear a coaching exeperience and finding a town with good demographics and a need for a crossfit gym. good luck. if you need any more help PM me.

Travis Loest 09-14-2009 07:41 AM

Re: Timelines?
Thanks for the input.

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