Monique Ames of CrossFit Evolution believes every affiliate should have a liability waiver—and a good one.
I don’t care who you are or where you train or who you train: you better have everyone—and I mean everyone—sign a waiver before you start training him or her or even letting the athlete swing on the pull-up bars.
When talking to new affiliates that are training family, friends and co-workers out of a garage, I often find out that they don’t have anyone sign a waiver and don’t have insurance. If this is the case, here’s the truth: you are literally one bad day away from bankruptcy.
What’s the biggest excuse for not having everyone sign a waiver? Usually something like this: “He’s my best friend,” “He’s family,” or “He’s got plenty of money and he’s not like that.”
Oh really? What happens if that person is injured during a training session?
Note: Liability laws differ from state to state, and from nation to nation. Gym owners should have their waiver reviewed by a lawyer licensed to practice in their jurisdiction.