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Fair-Trade Fitness? by Emily Beers - CrossFit Journal

Fair-Trade Fitness?

By Emily Beers

In Affiliation

March 11, 2015

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Bartering seems like a great idea, but many affiliate owners warn that caution is required if you want to avoid trading a well-fed pig for an emaciated chicken.

When it comes to philosophies about bartering, affiliate owners are all over the map. And so is their bartering.

Some say they do it all the time and have never had a bad experience, while others are more cautious.

One affiliate owner admitted to bartering his coaching services for everything under the sun: a deck, a fence, a home sound system and construction work by a handyman. Similarly, other box owners have bartered for mechanical work on their vehicles, a remodeled kitchen, advertising, printing services, power washing, computers, food products and even 1,000 lb. of dumbbells.

Services were swapped for sand for a volleyball court in one odd deal, while more common arrangements include chiropractic or massage sessions, as well as gym equipment such as plyometric boxes and rigs.

While some trades go well, others fail. Experienced affiliate owners agree that successful bartering requires a clearly defined arrangement in which the right people trade the right products and services.

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