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Locking It Down

By Lon Kilgore

In Affiliation, Legal

July 07, 2015

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Lon Kilgore examines the potential negative effects of licensing on the fitness industry—and those it serves.

Licensure for personal trainers has recently created a tremendous amount of banter, politicking and press.

In March 2014, Washington, D.C., became the first area to require licensure of personal trainers, although the law has not been enforced due to very confusing details and a subsequent review process. In May 2015, the Department of Health’s Physical Therapy Board—the… Continue Reading

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Unfit to Print?

By Emily Beers

In CrossFit, ExPhysiology, Legal

May 12, 2015

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Affiliate owners explain how the publication of shoddy science affects their businesses and the CrossFit brand.

It was just one short paragraph, but those five sentences have become the basis of two lawsuits.

The peer-reviewed study “CrossFit-Based High Intensity Power Training Improves Maximal Aerobic Fitness and Body Composition” was published November 2013 in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, the official journal of the National… Continue Reading

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The Best-Laid Plans

By Chris Cooper

In Affiliation, Legal

March 31, 2015

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A shareholders’ agreement can prevent problems, but few gyms have one. How can they help CrossFit affiliate owners?

New CrossFit affiliate owners sometimes consider taking a partner at startup. The burden of labor and risk can be lightened when spread across several broad shoulders, and pooling funds means avoiding the moneylender.

But sometimes the coach’s vision doesn’t match that of the investor, or circumstances change quickly. Other times, deals… Continue Reading

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In Affiliation, Legal

February 17, 2015

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D.C. CrossFit affiliates weigh in as District’s Council re-examines legislation.

The District of Columbia has paused enforcement of its law requiring licensure of so-called “personal fitness trainers” while it hammers out the details of what, exactly, it’s requiring.

The law—most often called the Omnibus Health Regulation Amendment Act—makes D.C. the country’s first municipality to require licensure of personal trainers.

First introduced Feb. 28, 2013, the legislation went into effect March… Continue Reading

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The End of Tolerance

By Mike Warkentin

In Legal, Medical/Injuries, Rest Day/Theory

February 05, 2015

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CrossFit questions the leadership of the fitness and exercise-science communities.

“Consume the maximal amount that can be tolerated.”

The line seems innocuous at first, just a recommendation in a 1996 position stand on hydration published by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). But if you read it a few times, the words don’t sit well. Their imprecision alone seems enough to disqualify them from a publication titled Medicine & Science in Sports… Continue Reading

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In Affiliation, Legal

January 28, 2015

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Lon Kilgore reviews recent legislation affecting personal trainers and discusses what it might mean for CrossFit trainers and affiliate owners.

In 2014, Washington, D.C., passed legislation giving the D.C. Board of Physical Therapy regulatory authority over fitness professionals, who also had to register with the mayor’s office in order to practice.

Omnibus Health Regulation Amendment Act of 2013 established DC Code 3-1209.08 with an effective date of March 26, 2014… Continue Reading

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Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Chris Cooper

In Affiliation, Legal

December 10, 2014

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As CrossFit gyms penetrate higher-traffic areas, some neighbors are struggling to adjust to the new levels of energy and noise.

“You're going to have to trust me here. Get out of your car, and I’ll drive it. Promise I won’t steal it.”

It’s winter in New York, New York. Jarrett Perelmutter has interrupted his coffee run to help a stranded motorist: A Ford Explorer is stuck in the filthy snow outside a laundromat. Sockless in his trademark golden… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Legal

July 18, 2014

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Lon Kilgore advises fitness professionals to work only within the scope of practice dictated by their education.

A professional fitness practitioner is hired to improve fitness levels in trainees or to help them make progress toward some other goal, such as losing weight, gaining weight, improving some aspect of performance, etc. What is important is that the professional must be capable of delivering sound, fact-based training to improve physical function while at the… Continue Reading

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