I’m a Business, Man: Starting A CrossFit Gym Part 9

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.
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Using the Barter System: Starting A CrossFit Gym Part 8

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.
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Opening Day: Starting A CrossFit Gym Part 7

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.

I swear the mats have been cleaned since this picture.

I swear the mats have been cleaned since this picture.

At a certain point, you have to draw a line.  As the build of the gym slowly trudged along, victim to permits, inspections, and simply the time needed to get work done, my rosy projection turned into my safe projection turned into my worst case scenario.  Finally, I had enough.
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