Open to any and all, bring friends. Beginner or advanced, rain or shine, we will meet at 1pm at the Wrightsville beach soccer field (adjacent to the basketball courts). Don’t be late… Fun starts at 1:30pm!
NC / SC Affiliate Gathering at CF Ocean Isle Beach
Yesterday, Karen (the chic from Holden Beach), owner of CrossFIt Ocean Isle Beach, hosted a group talk among CrossFit affiliate owners of NC and SC. I want to seriously thank Karen for organizing and hosting the event. It was very productive.
Karen has been involved in the fitness industry for much of her adult life and has been doing CrossFit for more than a year and a half. She really dove into it head first by opening her own affiliate last summer.
She’s now a Level 2 trainer and the CrossFit HQ training staff think enough of Karen, they invited her to join them. Karen is interning with CrossFit HQ as an instructor for the Level 1 cert… congratulations Karen, you’ve come so far since we met you in the summer of ’08.
Karen organized the event in an effort to bring together new affilitate owners with more experienced owners in order for the us all to benefit from each others experiences and lessons learned.
So we were honored when Karen invited us to lead a discussion for the group. We talked about our Oly program, open gym option, and our coaching methods and principles. We also talked a little about reaching out to sport specific trainers like we do with powerlifting coach Will Kuenzel, Oly lifting coach Chris Wilkes, and multisport coach Glenn McCarroll. It was good discussion that yielded many queistions, and hopefully, answers.
Also in attendance, and bringing the most experience in athletics and CrossfFit, was Andy Hendle of CrossFit Charlotte. A former college and professional football player, and a host of many CrossFit Level 1 certs, Andy is a no nonsense trainer and runs his facility as such. CF Charlotte has produced very high calibre athletes. So anytime a CF affiliate owner has an opportunity to discuss business and training with Andy, he or she should take that opportunity. A big thanks to Andy for coming all the way from Charlotte to chat with us.
Eric of MuscleDriver USA came to hear our "wish list" of equipment. Of course we asked about durability of equipment. Ha. We mentioned our fundraiser on the 30th with Eric and he donated a new kettlebell for us to add to our prizes / raffle items. Thank you Eric and MuscleDriver USA.
We learned a lot from the discussions.
After the formal talk, some of the affilitate owners went to lunch. The ever popular discussion of quality, or frankly, the lack thereof in some CrossFit affiliates, arose. This is, as most of you are aware, an interesting topic for CFW’s staff. We talked about how we, the CF affiliate owners and instructors that take real pride in our work and our members’ successes, could help rid the CF community of the lesser quality affilitates.
Positive peer pressure and reaching out to help those affiliate owners rise to the occasion was one of the suggestions. But, like in our situation, you simply cannot influence or peer pressure someone into conducting their business with intergrity and professionalism. It’s something your parents were supposed to instill in you way before you are old enough to attempt to operate a business.
We reached the conclusion that Coach Greg Glassman is right in that the market will decide and bad gyms and "coaches" will simply not make it. It’s too bad, because while they are on their way out of business, they put a black eye on the name of good CrossFits. And though it may take a longer than we would like, good practices will trump bad anytime and the crappy CFs will go away.
CFW is, always has, and will continue to set the standard in Wilmington, and all of Coastal North Carolina in CrossFit, professional training, and ethics. We are proud to have built a facility based around mutual respect and admiration for all our members, their families, and our instructors. It’s with great pride we have a facility that young ladies and feel at ease and not be hit on by a "creepy" trainer only looking to score. We are happy to say we are the go to gym in Wilmington for CrossFit workouts and instruction.
Thank you to our CFW family for making our CrossFit, CrossFit Wilmington, a facility we are proud enough of to use our entire name in everything we do!