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Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 09-27-2013, 12:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 4,399
Posted By James Gordon
Re: Rogue Rig Outdoors

I have a Castro rig and have had it outside in Switzerland (lots of rain in the winter). It's held up pretty well. The only rust spots are where the finish has chipped, but that's minimal. I did...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 07-05-2013, 12:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 14,864
Posted By James Gordon
Re: Taking over an established Crossfit gym

Due to a relocation to Europe, I've sold two CrossFit gyms. Once you've come to an agreement with the current owner, he/she contacts affiliate support and informs them of the deal, and inform them...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 05-02-2013, 02:54 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 17,626
Posted By James Gordon
Re: 5 Dos and Donts when setting up your affiliate - Your thoughts?

Hi Matteo,

Instead of guessing at what your monthly rate should be, start by deciding what you want to earn as a trainer/ box owner. From there, work backwards to get your monthly rate.

Example: ...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 04-28-2013, 11:21 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 17,626
Posted By James Gordon
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 04-28-2013, 11:20 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 17,626
Posted By James Gordon
Re: 5 Dos and Donts when setting up your affiliate - Your thoughts?

Hey Nate,

That's the exact model I used at my former affiliate (3/6/12 month contracts). However, I don't see how a contract works if there is a 30 day cancellation policy (as in your example). Do...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 04-28-2013, 04:52 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 17,626
Posted By James Gordon
Re: 5 Dos and Donts when setting up your affiliate - Your thoughts?

I'm not sure if I follow your logic here. If people pay up front and then don't show, that's a HUGE problem (IMO). It means you're not doing you job as a Coach. That may be the globo-gym model,...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 04-28-2013, 04:31 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 17,626
Posted By James Gordon
Re: 5 Dos and Donts when setting up your affiliate - Your thoughts?

Two words: CASH FLOW.

Although it may be nice initially to get a chunk of cash up front, what happens after that? In order to have a stable and predictable business, you need to have a good idea of...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 04-24-2013, 12:28 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 17,626
Posted By James Gordon
Re: 5 Dos and Donts when setting up your affiliate - Your thoughts?

Hi Luke,

I currently offer 2x/ week, 3x/ week and unlimited memberships. The vast majority (85%) of my members are 2x/ week. If you factor in people who are on hold (illness, travel etc), I can...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 04-23-2013, 01:36 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 17,626
Posted By James Gordon
Re: 5 Dos and Donts when setting up your affiliate - Your thoughts?

Hi Matthew,

I've opened 3 affiliates, and probably made every mistake there is :shrug: Here's my list:

DO:
1- Keep your overhead as low as possible. Operate in as small of a space as you can get...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 03-12-2013, 08:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,457
Posted By James Gordon
Re: Adding intro and on ramp classes to your schedule

At my old affiliate (I've recently sold and relocated - starting a new box from scratch) we ran a "6/6" program (after the free intro class). Any new client had to complete 6 1hr private sessions,...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 01-09-2013, 02:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 12,084
Posted By James Gordon
Re: Advice for opening an affiliate

I've just opened my 3rd affiliate (I had two locations in Canada, which I sold when I moved to Europe). Each time I opened, it was approx $50k.

I strongly agree with the above posts. Do A LOT of...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 01-09-2013, 02:30 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 12,084
Posted By James Gordon
Re: Advice for opening an affiliate

I've just opened my 3rd affiliate (I had two locations in Canada, which I sold when I moved to Europe). Each time I opened, it was approx $50k.

I strongly agree with the above posts. Do A LOT of...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 01-06-2013, 09:11 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 9,196
Posted By James Gordon
Re: Having a Facebook page before affiliation

From the Affiliate Agreement:

(i) as an element of one CrossFit-approved affiliate name, to wit: CrossFit
Schaffhausen ; provided, however, that Affiliate shall only use the Licensed
Marks as an...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 01-04-2013, 12:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 9,196
Posted By James Gordon
Re: Having a Facebook page before affiliation

You can't register your company using "CrossFit" in the name, even after affiliation. I think you jumped the gun on that one. It needs to be a separate entity completely. HQ could obviously provide...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 01-04-2013, 06:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,948
Posted By James Gordon
Re: Use Of Our Affiliate Name As A Headline In Adword For A Competing Box

I ran into a similar problem. My affiliate at the time was CrossFit Barrie. A rival opened up and named his gym Studio CrossFit. However, his ad ran as "Studio CrossFit Barrie". I pointed this...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 09-04-2009, 10:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,155
Posted By James Gordon
Re: When clients miss classes -- credit them?

Hey Sam,

Stay AWAY from punch cards. I completely turned my business around and started making money after I went to a monthly fee. IMO, charge one price for the month based on x amount of...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 09-03-2009, 06:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,757
Posted By James Gordon
Re: Next CFLA BIZ Seminar Announced

Hey John,

Great video. I'm looking forward to meeting with you and Andy in Toronto!

Best,

James
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 09-02-2009, 11:33 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 9,448
Posted By James Gordon
Re: Can I make a living running a CF Affiliate?

Hey Daniel,

I opened up in Orillia in 07. Feel free to call, e-mail or drop in. I jumped in with no experience (just a love of CF) and had a very tough first year. I'm doing really well now and...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 07-15-2009, 05:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,731
Posted By James Gordon
Re: Growing Affiliation Pains...

Hey Kris,

I'm struggling with the growth of my box and having similar issues with managing new clients. Would you be willing to share your "Academy" details? That sounds like something that may...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 06-23-2009, 05:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,354
Posted By James Gordon
Re: Canadian Affiliates - Garage vs. Retail/Industrial

Hey Kevin,

I'm just up the road in Orillia. Great to hear another Affiliate is opening in the area! Our door is always open for fellow box owners, so please feel free to come up any time.

I...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 06-11-2009, 05:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,439
Posted By James Gordon
Re: K.i.s.s.

Couldn't agree more; great reminder.

Thanks John!
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 06-02-2009, 10:07 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,202
Posted By James Gordon
Canadian Biz Seminar

Hey,

The deadline to sign up for the CrossFit Biz Seminar in Toronto this September is June 14th. Several affiliates have already signed up. If you are planning to attend, please get in touch with...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 05-23-2009, 09:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,473
Posted By James Gordon
Re: question for affiliates re: show up when you want to

I opened my box in November 07 and have learned a great deal from the many mistakes that I made in the first year.

I originally used a "pack" or punch card system. Some people will use it wisely...
Forum: Equipment 05-21-2009, 05:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,439
Posted By James Gordon
Re: Introducing ... Crossfit Zürich (sort of ... )

Hey,

I'm moving to Switzerland (probably around Winterthur) in March or April. I currently own Crossfit Orillia, and am planning on opening Switzerland's first (?) full CrossFit gym.

I would...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 05-04-2009, 06:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 9,096
Posted By James Gordon
Re: Beginner Benchmarks with Obese Clients

Hey,

I've been using Beyond the Whiteboard (www.beyondthewhiteboard.com) (WFS) for 6 weeks now and it is a great tool for everyone, but especially new and deconditioned clients. I generally set a...
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