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Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 06-26-2015, 06:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 4,201
Posted By Helen Lawson
Re: Chiropractic

I'm looking for a bigger space and would be happy to have a chiro to share space with. I've been looking for a long time and haven't found anything I'm happy with. When you have graduated and your...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 04-23-2015, 10:01 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,951
Posted By Helen Lawson
Removing a lift from a mechanics garage?

I'm looking at available garages to lease for our CrossFit box. I've found one that I like but it has a mechanics lift in it (no pit, just the lift) and the landlord says he doesn't think it could be...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 03-04-2014, 12:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,064
Posted By Helen Lawson
Re: New gym - Class hours

Offer the times your clients want the most. And, offer times that aren't offered by any affiliate close by.

If the closest affiliate has night classes start at 5:30pm....then start yours at 5pm or...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 01-20-2014, 05:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,345
Posted By Helen Lawson
Re: Do CF box's get the same early year push traditional gyms get?

Question for those of you getting a bunch of new people during January: Are you doing any advertising at all to draw folks in?
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 07-14-2013, 06:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 12,384
Posted By Helen Lawson
Re: After 3 years of Running a CrossFit business here are the lesson I have learned

My CrossFit box is my current & future career, not just a hobby. I have a part-time job that pays my personal bills that allows me to continue to grow my business. I've been lucky enough to have a...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 07-14-2013, 06:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 12,384
Posted By Helen Lawson
Re: After 3 years of Running a CrossFit business here are the lesson I have learned

I've been operating a small group training facility for 3+ years. We have been a CrossFit affiliate for 1.5 years now. I have not yet taken a pay check from the business. All of the $ goes into new...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 07-09-2013, 06:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 6,777
Posted By Helen Lawson
Re: Gym Start Up ... how many plates?

I also agree on the partnership thing....but on the plates:

it depends somewhat on your demographic. I started with a handful of middle aged women and 10 sets of 10# bumpers. It was fine for a few...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 07-05-2013, 11:04 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,516
Posted By Helen Lawson
4200 sq.ft. Warehouse with Radiant Gas Heat - Utility Costs?

I'm looking at leasing a 4200 sq.ft. warehouse that has radiant gas heat. We operate classes 12 hours a day 6 days a week and heat to about 63 degrees in the winter. There will not be any A/C. The...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 07-05-2013, 11:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,190
Posted By Helen Lawson
Re: Annual Affiliation Fees trouble

I had a similar issue and they responded to me the day before my payment was due! They seem to operate "Just in time" on some things.
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 07-05-2013, 10:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,907
Posted By Helen Lawson
Re: Are garage affiliates creepy?

I'd check with your towns zoning regulations. If you are legally able to run a business from your location and can put a professional sign in front of the house with an arrow it will look much more...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 06-10-2013, 09:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,818
Posted By Helen Lawson
Re: CrossFit affiliation

I agree with above that you shouldn't let your members have any % ownership in your business. If they want to invest perhaps a 1 year, 3 year or 5 year membership package to be paid up front might be...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 04-18-2013, 12:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,894
Posted By Helen Lawson
Re: What % of your members come to class regularly?

I'm curious how many hours you mean by "Part-time"? And, are you the only trainer?

I currently run a box with about 40 members, 4 classes a day 5 days a week and 2 classes on Saturday. With me doing...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 04-12-2013, 11:26 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,050
Posted By Helen Lawson
Humidity moving floor mats

I know I've seen tons of threads about floor mats....but nothing about my specific problem:

We are in a cement block building that gets extremely humid. The 4x6 100 lb floor mats move by themselves...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 04-12-2013, 11:14 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 7,119
Posted By Helen Lawson
Re: Affiliation Fee, and timing

When I affiliated a year ago I was accepted then had 3 months to pay and make it official.
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 04-08-2013, 11:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,501
Posted By Helen Lawson
Re: Contemplating a move

We recently moved from a main street to a side street and it is so much easier to get outside and do stuff in the nice weather. On the main street it was all cement and had to cross a street to run....
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 04-08-2013, 11:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,501
Posted By Helen Lawson
Re: Contemplating a move

We recently moved from a main street to a side street and it is so much easier to get outside and do stuff in the nice weather. On the main street it was all cement and had to cross a street to run....
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 04-08-2013, 11:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,722
Posted By Helen Lawson
Re: Photos for website

I assume that if you are opening a box you have some family and/or friends that you have trained or at least worked out with in the past. Ask them to come over and be featured in your...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 04-02-2013, 12:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,561
Posted By Helen Lawson
Re: Question for CrossFit Affiliates in areas with older demographics

The average age in our box is about 45. With zero advertising we went from 15 members to 40 in 1 year. 4 of our current members are over 60 years old. Remember (i forget the exact quoate): The needs...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 03-10-2013, 04:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,125
Posted By Helen Lawson
Re: Out of shape female

I agree, that this is the problem with a weekend certification, however, I'll try to help.

Of course focus on a good warm-up, mobility and good form. Other than that I have 2 simple suggestions...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 02-27-2013, 02:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,878
Posted By Helen Lawson
Re: Where to set up my rig (and a few q's)

I would put the rig on the long wall. When you do WODs including barbell work and pull-ups/toes to bar you want people to easily be able to get to the bars without climbing all over each other.

I...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 02-18-2013, 01:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,208
Posted By Helen Lawson
Re: Starting Box Size

We've had success with 1100 sq. ft. for 6 people. More than that will barbells get crowded. I've had both main road and side road. I like the side road better because it's much easier to take...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 02-18-2013, 01:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,103
Posted By Helen Lawson
Re: Pull up rigs.

We have a Sorinex rig and it's great so far. We've been adding pieces to it a little at a time.
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 02-08-2013, 12:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,135
Posted By Helen Lawson
Re: Gaining members and interest.

I think I'm lucky so far. I started out with a full time desk job & 2-3 clients, then 30 hours desk job & 10 clients, 25 hours desk job & 15 clients, 20 hours desk job & started group classes &...
Forum: Fitness 02-03-2013, 03:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,010
Posted By Helen Lawson
Re: Ace Fitness CEC's from CrossFit

Did you go through this process? Any luck getting the CECs?
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 01-30-2013, 01:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,742
Posted By Helen Lawson
Re: Garage affiliates

Check out CrossFit Saratoga in upstate NY. They run out of a garage attached to thier house.
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