In Affiliation, Coaching

February 01, 2014

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Three affiliate owners in destination cities share secrets to dealing with visiting athletes while ensuring members receive the attention they deserve.

Visiting other affiliates for a workout away from home is part of leading a fit lifestyle, building the global CrossFit community, experiencing new coaching styles, bulking up the T-shirt collection and getting acquainted with the locals.

But visiting athletes can also create management challenges for affiliate owners. It’s not uncommon for coaches to curse on the inside when a visiting student who claims to be very experienced shows up 10 minutes late and then exposes complete ignorance of the squat clean. Even on-time and proficient athletes can pose a challenge if a box has limited staff and a busy coach has to try and get waivers signed before warm-up.

The former problem has a lot to do with the athletes themselves, while the latter highlights another challenge of running a small business. Both, however, can be addressed in a variety of ways.

Joe Marsh, Monique Ames and Bryant Powers all run affiliates in destination cities, and they’ve developed visiting-student policies that work for them. Although all three have different policies regarding visitors, they all agree on one thing: If you’re ever visiting an affiliate for a workout, the best approach for athletes is to be humble, gracious and low maintenance. When that happens, everyone wins.

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3 Comments on “Wrangling the Road Warriors”

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I drop in a lot while traveling and have found that contacting the box a few days before showing up instead of the day before works well they can often fax a release form or have one on there web site that can be filled out electronically or filled out and brought along the day of attendance. I also like to let them know what my abilities are when contacting them I have found the the class I wish to attend my not suit my abilities (as the article allude to no one running the class need to spend all of their attention catering to a drop in). I also show up early that gives me time to become acclimated to the box layout and equipment and most time I have a chance to observe the class prior to the one Im attending and meet local cross fitters whom are waiting for the next class to begin. Give an opinion only when asked for one, no one who is running the class wants to hear "where I train we.........." I have never found any of the boxes I have attended anything other than gracious, informative and just a whole lot of fun.
I,ve been involved with crossfit for 3 years I,m 55 years old and have my level 1 trainers certificate,

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Emily, good look at three different approaches to visitors. Having just traveled to NY, VA, and D.C., I visited four different boxes for a total of five visits. They were all very different.
The biggest difference for me, as the visitor, was the web sites. Two had very clear, distinct pages labeled "Visitors". Times, requirements, fees were all listed. No problems there. One required a note from home (from my box in Alaska)and the other was new and happy to see me after I dropped by the day before a work out to visit and meet the owners.
The other two boxes...I could not find any clear direction and one had it so buried in minutiae, I missed it twice.
I enjoyed all my visits, met some great crossfitters, shed some sweat on a long trip, and, hopefully, did not make a fool of myself or my home box/affiliate.

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Jeri Mcmaster wrote …

I spy CrossFit Oahu WODbooks. Woot woot!!

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