Growing up, I never envisioned myself as a money hungry kind of guy. When I was a little kid I wanted to be President of the US (ha), and I stayed interested in politics and service as I got older. My kid brother Luke was always the hustler- he used to charge my dad service fees to organize and roll up his spare change to bring to the bank. My goal was to get a good job with the government that paid me enough but allowed me to focus on helping people and serving my country, and I did just that, before the tangible enjoyment of directly helping and teaching people every day brought me to coach CrossFit. My brother works in sales.
This is an installment of our continuing What, When, Why series exploring gear, training plans, certifications, and other things that make CrossFitters ask “should I buy this?” In this segment we’ll share what we’ve learned after years as CrossFitters, as CrossFit coaches and affiliate owners, and simply as dudes who like fresh shoes.
A jump rope can be a CrossFitter’s best friend, a soothing aid that turns a section of a workout into a bit of an “active rest.” More often, they can be our worst enemy, a confusing and frustrating demon snake that seems committed to snarling at our feet and leaving us with welts and whip marks. Some people struggle at double-unders for weeks, months, or even years after starting CrossFit, and often times it’s because they are using a rope that is not appropriate for them! Think a new rope is what you need? You might be surprised…
After being a coach at CrossFit South Brooklyn in NYC for 6 years I moved halfway across the country to open my own affiliate, CrossFit Lumos, in Austin, TX. This series will chronicle my experience opening the gym and what I am learning along the way. This article is the final piece of the adventure, before I’m a real live gym owner. Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Part 5. Part 6. Part 7.
When you’re starting out, keeping expenses to a minimum is crucial. Editor’s note: I did a bad job at this. 😐 Even if your gym isn’t huge, if your margins are right then you are doing fine. Many gym owners and coaches get wrapped up in membership numbers, but if your rent is too high and you’re paying out lots of other streams for monthly upkeep, expenses, etc. you will quickly have a problem on your hands.