Open For Business, Open For The Open: Starting A CrossFit Gym Part 10

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. Part 8. Part 9.

The CrossFit Games Open has always been my favorite time of the year. Despite personally having been described by my fellow coaches as a “slightly above average” CrossFit athlete (kisses), I still love the Open. I love the suspense, the strategizing and obsessing over each workout, what great challenges they are, and the way they bring together the CrossFit community, large and small.
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I’m a Business, Man: Starting A CrossFit Gym Part 9

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. Part 8.

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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