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Old 04-25-2007, 06:31 AM   #1
Garrett Smith
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OK folks, I'm doing my best to make this happen...

Found the space I like...Midway Park, just west of Speedway & Swan.

Applied for CF affiliation yesterday.

Already have training insurance.

Already have the Level I cert, planning on getting my Level 2 in Flagstaff in October.

Called about facility insurance yesterday, waiting on return call & quote.

Picked up two big tires for free (GPP & sledge work) this last weekend (still need to find some REALLY big tires).

Finally won a C2 on EBay.

Currently negotiating several squat racks/cages and hex DB set on Craigslist.

If you've read this far...I'm considering having a community-building 4th of July party at a home up in the Foothills...the view allows for seeing 5-6 of the city's firework displays...just wanted to put it out there for planning purposes to those interested parties!!!
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Old 04-25-2007, 12:59 PM   #2
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Do you have any idea what the membership will cost yet?
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Old 04-25-2007, 02:07 PM   #3
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I'm figuring out how I'm going to do "membership" at this point...Steve Liberati and I are bouncing ideas off each other.

My issue is that at the beginning I will not likely have enough equipment to do small group classes all at once. This leaves me to choose between personal training + open membership, or an open gym format where everyone who comes in gets my assistance and workout design/suggestion (not to be immodest, however, I consider that pretty valuable).

There will also likely be other goodies included in the membership that will make it more valuable than the typical gym (besides being a CF gym, LOL)--as in, weekly nutrition presentations by me, joint mobility (Z-Health, Super Joints, etc.) and stretching classes by me, and potentially an hour a week where an ex-collegiate men's gymnastic coach will be offering his help and advice (funny thing how I just discovered around now that my buddy's father LOVES to coach gymnastics AND he loved the CF "idea"). An OL club, coached by me, will also be starting there. Membership will be a valuable thing.

I just found out (my buddy told me) that simple Globo-Gym memberships in LA are like $55-$75 a month, with nothing like what I have to offer.

So, I'm still figuring it out. As long as the overhead gets paid (at the start), I'm a happy camper. More "members" will mean more and better equipment.

This is a labor of love--I'd be fighting destiny if I wasn't pursuing this.
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Old 04-25-2007, 10:39 PM   #4
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Do you have any idea of the times/days that the gym will be open yet?
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Old 04-26-2007, 06:12 AM   #5
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Not yet...

I'm looking for some other trainers who can come in and keep the doors open, so if you know anybody, send them my way.

I'm going to start another thread about the trainers here, and I'm going to post something on the NSCA message board and call the USAW about finding coaches who at least know something about the wonders of Olympic lifts...
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Old 04-26-2007, 06:39 AM   #6
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OK,
I contacted USAW by email and posted a thread on the NSCA Southwest forum.
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Old 04-29-2007, 11:39 PM   #7
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May have a PT with NSCA cert in Tucson for you to contact. Great guy, good friend of mine.
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Old 04-30-2007, 11:36 AM   #8
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When do you expect to open the doors Garrett? I'll be visiting my sister in Tuscon in June and it'd be great to stop in!
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Old 04-30-2007, 01:07 PM   #9
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Chris,
My hopeful plan right now is to be fully open in early June.

There may be an "early opening" for those involved in the Yahoo! group and some others...no more than two weeks before the main opening...
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