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Old 08-15-2010, 06:55 PM   #11
Rick Martinez
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Re: Affiliation

Hey Jen,
First of all...love the name. Second. We've been an affiliate for a few years now and I gotta echo what Brian said about delving into a business kinda blind. No disrespect intended.
There are a few programs out there like CFLA's "The Biz" as well as CF Central's "Garage Gym Blueprint".
Also of note is Alamo CrossFit's own www.pinkdoughnut.com (work/family safe) where we share info about starting a box, what worked and didn't work. It is becoming a resource for peeps like you.
The reason?
I don't believe a new box owner should fail due to lack of business accumen.
Check it out and if you are so inclined, please share.
The site does NOT sell anything, pimp a product or anything of that nature.
It's just a free resource from the crew at Alamo CrossFit in San Antonio, Texas.

Hope it helps!
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Old 08-16-2010, 11:12 AM   #12
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Rick---your website is fantastic. My wife and I are in the affiliation process, and I have found your posts pretty informative. Thanks for sharing...
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Old 08-16-2010, 11:57 AM   #13
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Re: Affiliation

I'm also not affiliated...but I'm a member at an affiliate, I've been a personal trainer for 5+ years, I train some clients at the affiliate and others at my own garage gym.

My suggestions:

Start by offering free group classes to your existing clients (whomever you've been training). Start with 2 people at a time and get comfortable with that, then 3, then 5. Then ask them to bring friends but keep the groups small for the first year or so.

Don't be afraid to say "I don't know, but let me find out and get back to you" or "I'd like to do some research on that before answering your question". You don't have to know everything. You just need to make sure that whatever you say you do know is correct and helpful. People will appreciate your honesty.

Be ready for every exercise in your WODs to have subs for injuries (and different levels of fitness). If you are doing Thrusters and someone comes in with a bad knee what should you do with them? If you're doing deadlifts and someone has a pulled hamstring what would you do? Be prepared. Make a few WODs then go through the injuries thread and determine what you do for each of those people. This will help you to be more prepared when it happens for real.

Most of all...have fun! And make sure your clients/members have fun too!
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