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Old 12-01-2005, 01:40 PM   #1
Jesse McGill
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Hey all...

Has anyone started a CF business out of your home/garage? Forgive me but I'm new to the site. Any help would be nice. Thanks,

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Old 12-01-2005, 02:46 PM   #2
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Jesse,

Welcome to CrossFit.

The answer to your question is yes. The Eastside Crew, CrossFit Racine, and CrossFit Pierce County have done just that. There are others out there, too, I'm sure, that I'm probably overlooking.

You may want to check out CF Journal Issues 1 (Sept 2002) and 35 (July 2005). They delve into the garage gym revolution that's well under way across the country and abroad.

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Old 12-01-2005, 02:52 PM   #3
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Hey Mike...

Thanks for the reply. Thats great to hear! Are you one of them? If so, how are things going for you? I hope well.
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Old 12-02-2005, 11:25 AM   #4
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Yep, I'm an affiliate, too, although not one of the three listed above.

Jim Lark and I are the co-owners and coaches of CrossFit Oakland.

It's been a blast. We need to grow more, of course, but I wouldn't trade the experience for anything. It's incredibly rewarding on a daily basis.

But we didn't start in a garage, just so it's clear.

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Old 12-02-2005, 02:05 PM   #5
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Thanks Mike. BTW, I'm in Brentwood. Far East Bay. I sould come out and check you guys out.

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Old 12-02-2005, 02:45 PM   #6
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Starting in a garage is almost the norm for us, the first Crossfit affiliate, Crossfit North, was started in a one car garage. Start with what you have - and build on it as you can.

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Old 12-02-2005, 03:01 PM   #7
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Yeah, but should Eugene's "garage" really count? It's bigger than my house! :lol:

On an on-topic comment, we're running out of an auto repair-type garage--it's great.
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Old 12-02-2005, 03:48 PM   #8
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Jesse,

You're welcome to stop by anytime. Drop me a line when you're ready for a visit.

info@crossfitoakland.com

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Old 12-02-2005, 07:02 PM   #9
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CrossFit Boulder Creek is also at my home but it is a combo of spare rooms and out doors.

The clients love working out outside by the way.

(Message edited by beth_moscov on December 02, 2005)
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Old 12-03-2005, 07:44 AM   #10
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Beth - nice new logo!

Our gym is also in our garage (no clients, just us, but some interested friends...). We're realizing converting a garage to something similar to gyms most people are familiar with is a challenge - it's not just getting the equipment, which has actually been the easy part. Environment is an issue for us. It's been 15-20 degrees all week, and all metal objects are really cold to a motivation killing level. So insulation, heat source, etc. will have to be looked at. That's just one issue, but at least we have the space. Lighting will be the next challenge, after attacking the first.
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