Alec Hanson, owner of CrossFit Costa Mesa, and Steve Richards, firefighter and owner of CrossFit 2260, both appeared on Episode 89 of CrossFit Radio, webcast live at 6 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009.
1:32 Affiliate owner Alec Hanson commented on a recent debate on the CrossFit Discussion Board in which some people said too many trainers with Level 1 certification only are opening affiliates and flooding the market with boxes. Hanson spoke about how “excellence begets excellence” and why good affiliate owners shouldn’t feel insecure. According to Hanson, the open-source affiliation model is the perfect way to allow a business owner to succeed. He also offered some great advice on how affiliate owners and CrossFitters in general can increase their fitness and knowledge.
20:03 Steve Richards of CrossFit 2260 gave his opinion on the argument that too many affiliates are ruining the CrossFit brand. A firefighter in Arizona, Richards talked about how he has successfully implemented CrossFit as a 14-week course taught at the academy. According to Richards, the amount of injuries went down drastically since implementing CrossFit, and he detailed the process of getting CrossFit installed as the academy’s preferred method of producing fit firefighters. For anyone looking to have CrossFit implemented into programs for LEOs, firefighters and even corporations, Richards’ advice is invaluable.