CrossFit South Brooklyn started in a park and ended up in a bathhouse.
In this video shot at a Level 1 Cert held Aug. 8-9, 2009, in New York, CrossFit South Brooklyn owner David Osorio explains how he started training in a park but was forced indoors when the weather turned a few months later. He eventually found space in The Brooklyn Lyceum, a century-old building that used to be a bathhouse.
Offering advice to affiliate owners or potential affiliate owners, Osorio talks about finding space, scheduling challenges when sharing space with other groups, and attracting clients.
Osorio believes many potential affiliate owners should balance their enthusiasm for CrossFit with a dose of realism. It’s one thing to love doing CrossFit yourself, but it’s another thing to train others, organize classes, and crunch numbers that have nothing to do with PRs and Fran times.
“Be prepared to spend a lot of sleepless nights working on the affiliate,” he advises.
By preparing for the challenges of owning an affiliate—challenges that go beyond the daily WOD— you can avoid unforeseen difficulties and ensure that your box grows and thrives.
Video by Again Faster.
Additional reading: Partnering With a Martial Arts Dojo by Matt Swift, published Dec. 1, 2007.