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Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 01-27-2015, 11:02 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 3,320
Posted By Chris Aitken
CrossFit Catonsville - Hiring L1+ or Intern Coaches! (Baltimore, MD)

Howdy all!

CrossFit Catonsville (located just south-west of Baltimore, Maryland) is expanding, and we are looking for a few new coaches to fill out our ranks!

Read the below, and send me a private...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 01-27-2015, 11:01 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 2,544
Posted By Chris Aitken
CrossFit Catonsville - Hiring L1+ or Intern Coaches! (Baltimore, MD)

Howdy all!

CrossFit Catonsville (located just south-west of Baltimore, Maryland) is expanding, and we are looking for a few new coaches to fill out our ranks!

Read the below, and send me a private...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 01-27-2015, 09:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 7,885
Posted By Chris Aitken
Re: Level 3 (CCFT) Test

Quick info about me: I am CFL1, CFL2, CF Kettlebell, & CF Gymnastics cert'd, along with being an ACSM Certified PT. I meet the training hours for the CFL3 (almost for the L4, actually) and am...
Forum: Community 11-13-2014, 12:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,752
Posted By Chris Aitken
Re: Certs Beyond CF

I have my ACSM Personal Trainer cert. It was a good course, and I'd recommend it. http://certification.acsm.org/acsm-certified-personal-trainer
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 11-13-2014, 12:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 10,623
Posted By Chris Aitken
Re: Shirts?

We 2nd custom ink. They have sizing charts on the website, and we haven't had anyone complain of shrinking shirts.
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 10-21-2014, 11:25 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,269
Posted By Chris Aitken
CrossFit Catonsville is Hiring a Yoga Instructor - Advice and/or Applicants Please!

Howdy ho, all!

We're expanding our programs offered to include Yoga. I think our members will get a lot out of the flexibility/mobility work.

For those of you who have added yoga in the past to an...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 07-14-2014, 08:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,704
Posted By Chris Aitken
Re: Groupon Information

Diana made a great point that I want to reiterate:

" 3) consider what it might mean to have people coming to your gym whose primary motivation is that it was cheap. Be prepared to lose a lot of...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 07-14-2014, 08:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,697
Posted By Chris Aitken
Re: Awesome location without heating

We're down in MD, a little South West of Baltimore City proper. The winters this past year ended up being ridiculously cold for this area, and people felt it. Even with heat and a good WOD, it was a...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 05-01-2014, 07:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,156
Posted By Chris Aitken
Re: Experience with Website Marketing Firms

Whatever you do, avoid a company called DataSphere. They talk big about putting ads and videos up on Fox news sites, but they underperform at every turn. Just my two cents. :-)
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 05-01-2014, 06:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,704
Posted By Chris Aitken
Re: Out of the Red/Member sign up

We opened with a small core group of members (seriously like 6 people) and we were in the red for about 3 months. We had planned for this, and had money set aside to cover all the costs as we built...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 03-27-2014, 10:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,826
Posted By Chris Aitken
Re: Affiliation Question

When we affiliated last year the contract from HQ stated that you could not have your official business name be something with "CrossFit" in it. In most cases, that means you cannot have your...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 03-27-2014, 10:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,777
Posted By Chris Aitken
Re: Leaf Blower for Cleaning

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This is brilliant. I was just lamenting the fact that I have to go in and sweep tonight, because of my resident chalk monkeys. Thanks for the solution to this particular woe!

Now for the...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 01-31-2014, 08:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,366
Posted By Chris Aitken
Re: Leasing and HVAC

Our lease includes provisions that we have to maintain an HVAC Service Agreement with an outside vendor that will do inspections twice per year and handle service calls. It ensures the landlord that...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 01-31-2014, 07:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,041
Posted By Chris Aitken
Re: Yelp

Yelp started calling us after we got our first good review, and they quoted something very similar. They were very persistent, letting us know how much more traffic we would get and throwing out...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 01-31-2014, 07:09 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,887
Posted By Chris Aitken
Re: Locking in mats

We have a lifting area of 30 stall mats (720 sq ft) set into a 5 mat X 6 mat grid. Our warehouse floor is very old, very smooth concrete. We do get some movement here and there, but normally I can...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 10-30-2013, 07:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 7,137
Posted By Chris Aitken
Re: Box size examples

Hi Kyle,

Our facility is 2,700 sq ft, which includes 900 sq ft of office space (changing rooms, front desk, bathrooms, storage) and 1,900 sq ft of open training space.

We've had up to 13 athletes...
Forum: In Search of CrossFitters 10-20-2013, 11:03 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,454
Posted By Chris Aitken
Re: CrossFit Catonsville now open - Baltimore, MD

Hey Chad! Thanks for checking out our site. I figure that if they're going to be kind enough to, say, stop my place from burning down, I might as well give them discounts so they can train with us...
Forum: Equipment 10-14-2013, 07:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,029
Posted By Chris Aitken
Re: Funding a Franchise or Equipment

Hi Nichole,

We just opened on October 1st, so I went through this recently. My wife and I searched out many options for financing including small business loans/personal loans.

We went to 13...
Forum: In Search of CrossFitters 10-14-2013, 06:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,454
Posted By Chris Aitken
Talking CrossFit Catonsville now open - Baltimore, MD

(Note: I wasn't sure where I could put this, so if it needs to be moved just let me know!)

Hi all!

My name is Chris Aitken; owner and head trainer of CrossFit Catonsville located just outside of...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 09-18-2013, 05:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,540
Posted By Chris Aitken
Re: page is done, what now?

We're in the same boat as you, Tricia.

We waited 7 weeks to hear back on the essay/application (after being told it would take 3-4 weeks, then ~5 weeks, then just "soon!"), had to pick a new name...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 09-04-2013, 03:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,353
Posted By Chris Aitken
Re: Current Turnover For Affiliation?

Congrats Dey and Joseph!

Joseph, we were approved on 8/26 and had to choose a new name as well. We haven't heard back yet, but I'm hoping it's really down to any hour now! We had the holiday and...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 09-03-2013, 11:13 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,295
Posted By Chris Aitken
Re: Corporate Membership Plans?

Howdy-ho Andrew.

This is an interesting idea, and one I've heard kicked around before but I've never known a box owner to go for it. I know from my time in cubicle land that most of the corporate...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 09-03-2013, 07:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,770
Posted By Chris Aitken
Re: New box - go with 1500 sq feet or 2750?

Steve and Brendan make good points. We had to think through the same question when we leased our space two weeks ago. We found a great space managed by a family connection, and had to choose between...
Forum: Equipment 09-03-2013, 07:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,209
Posted By Chris Aitken
Re: Outdoor Canopy Crossfit Home Gym

Some equipment can survive outdoors and some can't, but that also depends very heavily on the weather where you want to do this. Where in Cali are you looking to set this up?

Also, it was already...
Forum: Running a CrossFit Facility 08-29-2013, 11:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,353
Posted By Chris Aitken
Re: Current Turnover For Affiliation?

Just wanted to offer that we submitted on 7/10 and got approved on 8/26 (little less than 7 weeks) but we had to resubmit the name (done same day). Still waiting to hear back on that part. So excited...
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