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Member Number One
Walking into our original location, equipped with a make-shift rig, one set of gymnastics rings Jason won at the CrossFit Games, a couple of rowers, and a whole lot of heart, Danny has been a member through it all. On today’s episode, Danny explains how he transitioned from NCFIT Member #1 to NCFIT Redwood City Head Coach. Having been a police officer, head of a private security firm, and most importantly, a father, Danny is able to give firsthand, real life experience and advice to those looking to successfully tackle such a career change.
Lease or Buy?
What does it really mean to OWN a gym? In today's episode of Business of Fitness, Jason sits down with Joe G to discuss the pros and cons of leasing commercial gym spaces versus buying, and the nuances of leases. Learning from past business ventures, Joe puts the often intangible and confusing real estate lingo into concise, digestible knowledge bombs that any gym owner can benefit from!
Jason & MDV
Everything You Need to Know About Corporate Wellness Programs
With more than a decade of Corporate Wellness knowledge between the two, Jason and MDV drop absolute knowledge bombs in regards to launching, maintaining, and crushing Corporate Wellness Programs. In today's episode, the guys discuss what it takes to harvest a meaningful and genuine relationship with both members and business prospects, what numbers are most important to track, especially when walking into a business negotiation, and the biggest differences between running Corporate and Commercial gym locations.
Will Ahmed, CEO of WHOOP
Building a Business
Will and Jason discuss how WHOOP was started, why it was started, and the key lessons along the way. For anyone interested in starting a business, specifically one that requires outside funding, this is a must listen.
WHOOP is offering a special discount for our members of $30 off when you join at WHOOP.com
Lord of the (QALO) Ring
Jason sits down with QALO owner, Ted Baker, to discuss the ins and outs of QALO (Quality Athletic Love and Outdoors). Together the two discuss the mission and culture of the company, and what it takes to "make marriage cool again." Grounded in family, function, fitness, and adventure, Baker explains how the company finds themselves situated amongst the entire family unit, and how the company has grown far passed their original hero product, the QALO ring, to appeal to all fitness enthusiasts an adventure-seekers alike.
Seeing the Demand and Building a Business
Jason sits down with Carl Paoli about how he took his gymnastics background and built a business. They talked about how the industry has changed and how he has stayed relevant. Finally they discuss how he had to overcome a failed partnership and start over again.
San Francisco CrossFit
Jason sits down with Juliet Starrett of San Francisco CrossFit. Juliet is an attorney and entrepreneur. In addition to being the co-founder and CEO of San Francisco CrossFit, she and her husband Kelly founded MobilityWOD.com. Before turning her attention to MobilityWOD and San Francisco CrossFit full-time, Juliet had a successful career as an attorney, practicing complex commercial litigation. Listen in to hear how Juliet and Kelly got SFCF up and running, and how they continue standout with a split model business between group classes, personal training, and physical therapy.
Jason & MDV
From the Mailbag
Jason & MDV dig into the mailbag and tackle some of our listeners questions about running a successful fitness business. They boys get into topics like building strong community, developing great leaders, guaranteeing leases, being accountable, and much more. All of these questions come from business owners and coaches just like you. The odds are that if they are wondering it...you might be too! Tune in and hear what's on our listeners' minds.
Rob & Veronica Walber
Jason joins Rob & Veronica Walber on their home turf in a recent visit to New York City. Rob & Veronica are the owners of CrossFit Flushing, a very successful affiliate in Flushing, Queens and a member of the NCFIT Collective. The couple has been married for 5 years and owned the gym together for the same amount of time! With nearly 350 members...they are doing something very special in Queens. Listen as the duo describes their journey, joining the NCFIT Collective, and what's next for CrossFit Flushing!
Jason sits down with Justin LoFranco, founder of Morning Chalk Up. Morning Chalk Up started in 2016 as a grassroots newsletter covering all things CrossFit. Fast forward a few years Justin and his team are delivering these Monday thru Friday newsletters to more than 55,000 subscribers. With a mission to educate, inform, and inspire, Morning Chalk Up has grown steadily every year. Tune in and hear how Justin and his team have made this passion project into a leading resource in the CrossFit community.
Rising from the Ashes in Paradise, CA
Brandon Delgado is the owner of Custom Made CrossFit, an affiliate in Paradise, CA. Unfortunately, Paradise was one of the towns most directly impacted by the Camp Fire in Butte County. In this episode, Brandon describes what he witnessed as the town of Paradise burned within a matter of hours due to the fast moving fire. The Camp Fire is already the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. At the time of this episode, the fire was only 50-60% contained. Listen in and hear how you can help support the community of Custom Made CrossFit.
Creating Leads & Driving Sales
Jason sits down with his first boss and one of his most trusted mentors, Joe Gigantino. Joe is absolutely electric and one of the most dynamic, hungry, and motivated people we know. Joe is a fitness entrepreneur in every sense of the word and been in the fitness game for decades. Jason first met Joe when young Jason took his first job working the front desk at a local sports club. Jason credits Joe for many of the lessons he learned in business and life -- pull up a seat and listen to Jason and Joe talk life and business.
RX SmartGear – The Ropes, History, & Innovation
Jason & Dave Newman of RX SmartGear get some time together at the Ultimate Hawaiian Trail Run. The two longtime friends talk the business of solving issues for athletes in fitness. Founded to solve a personal "issue" with double unders, RX SmartGear is now one of the leading equipment companies in the space. Dave and his team have sold many thousands of ropes and helped athletes accumulate many millions of double and single unders. Listen up and hear where Dave sees the ropes going next!
Jason & MDV
Top 5 Things to Build Better Coaches
Jason & MDV take a deep dive into the top 5 things they believe can help build a better coach. Together, the guys have a ton of experience coaching athletes and coaches alike. They both started out their journey just like everyone else...a newly minted L1 coach ready to change the world one squat at a time. This list takes the most important learnings over the course of their careers and boils it down to the top 5 things you can do to improve you (and your coaches!) coaching. Tune in and learn more!
Power Monkey(ing) Around!
Jason & Dave Durante of Power Monkey Fitness sit down for a 20 Minute AMRAP talking everything from training at an Olympic level to the "Monkey Method". Both Jason and Dave share a lot of common characteristics when it comes to laser-focus, achieving greatness on the competition floor, and growing successful business ventures. Dave and his team have grown Power Monkey into an extremely special program and experience...tune in and learn how!
Assault Fitness – Bikes, Business, & Better Culture
Jason & Traci sit down for a 20-minute AMRAP covering everything from the early days of selling equipment pre-CrossFit, the advent of the Assault Bike, and what's coming next for the biz. Along with her partner, Roger, the duo helped build some of the industry's most successful products. They might not always be the most fun to ride or run but you can find Assault Fitness equipment around the world. Listen up and learn how they did it!
Jason, MDV & Rufio
Why NCFIT Offers Four Programs & Why It's Working
The crew gets together for a 30-minute AMRAP to discuss NCFIT's evolution as a training organization. Back in the day, NCFIT started off by offering just one program, at one gym, and a handful of members...fast forward ten years, we've got four programs, multiple locations, and thousands of members around the globe. Listen in to learn why do we do it, and why it’s working for NCFIT.
Serving Up Success Across the Globe
Jason pulls up a chair with Patric Yumul, longtime friend and President of the Mina Restaurant Group. Patric is one of the key players in opening up restaurants around the world along with Chef Michael Mina. Starting off as a bus boy, Patric worked for decades to earn his success. If you're a business owner interested in growing without sacrificing quality, you MUST listen to this episode.
SteadyMD & Functional Medicine
Jason & Dr. Dani Urcuyo sit down for a 20 minute AMRAP that dives into functional medicine, the state of the medical industry, and...a frozen pizza start-up. Yep, frozen pizza! Dr. Dani has been around functional fitness for a long time and takes that lens to his current work with SteadyMD, a monthly subscription service that connects primary care docs and patients based on lifestyle factors and patient preference. Enjoy!
From Corporate Lawyer to World Class Coach
Old friends, Jason & CJ, sit down at the Granite Games for a 20 minute AMRAP conversation that covers everything from coaching and competing in the sport of fitness to the beginnings of CrossFit Invictus. CJ is one of the most successful coaches in the history of the sport...you will not want to miss hearing how it all started and what's next for Invictus.
Rich "Raz" Razgaitis
FloWater CEO & Lifetime Entrepreneur
Jason sits down for a 25 minute AMRAP with the CEO & Co-Founder of FloWater, Rich "Raz" Razgaitis. FloWater is a sustainable hydration company that's changing the way the world views water while putting an end to single use plastic water bottles. In businesses around the world (including NCFIT) you can find FloWater refill stations...the perfect intersection of wellness, sustainability, and technology. Listen in as the two dive into Raz's unique background and his quest with FloWater.
Jason & MDV
Fearing Change? Focus on What You Can Control.
Jason & MDV are back on the mic discussing focusing on what you can control. This episode comes on the heels of some recent uncertainty around the 2019 CrossFit Games Season. The guys dive into the importance of focusing on what you can control and the grave dangers of worrying about things outside of your control. No matter if it's fitness, life, family, money or whatever -- train yourself to have a winner's mindset. Focus on what you can control.
Dr. Kelly Starrett
The Doctor is in!
Longtime friends, Jason & Kelly, sit down to talk business, training, family, mobility, and the entire fitness landscape. Dr. Kelly Starrett is one the ultimate resources when it comes to prehab and rehab. He's also the owner of a very successful CrossFit affiliate, San Fransisco CrossFit. Kelly has authored multiple books, trained countless athletes, and been a part of this amazing movement from the start. Pull up a chair...the Doctor is in!
Managing the World's Fittest Athletes
Jason sits down with Matt O'Keefe, founder of Redline Gear and agent representative to some of the fittest men and women on Earth including Mat Fraser and Katrin Davidsdottir. In this 20 minute AMRAP, Matt and Jason discuss the business of competitive CrossFit along with the evolution and future of CrossFit athlete contracts. Matt's got a unique perspective on the business of competitive CrossFit that you won't want to miss.
The Ultimate Hawaiian Trail Run – Saving the Youth of Kauai
Jason sits down with very good friend, owner of CrossFit Poipu, and founder of the Ultimate Hawaiian Trail Run – Aaron Hoff. Hoff is a big guy with an even bigger heart. Over the past few years, his and his team have raised close to $1,000,000 for the youth of Kauai. Listen in and get to know a little more about Aaron's mission and the amazing team behind the Ultimate Hawaiian Trail Run.
episode 16 - part 1
Jason & Ashley
Married in Fitness
Jason and Ashley take to the mic and open up about the early days of NCFIT, competing in the CrossFit Games, and raising a family together. Jason and Ashley have been through a lot together...from opening the 1st gym, welcoming Ava & Kaden into the world, competing in multiple CrossFit Games, dealing with a very serious diagnosis, and to where they are today. For owners, athletes, coaches and their life partners...this episode will really hit home.
Jason & MDV
Top 5 Biggest Mistakes in Opening a Gym
Jason & MDV are back together to bring you their top-5 biggest mistakes the guys see over and over. If you're running a gym or thinking about opening a gym, you won't want to make any of the mistakes on this list!
Positive Self-Talk. You Choose.
In this 10 Minute AMRAP, Jason dives into the power of positive self-talk and the idea of being your own best coach. No matter if it's fitness, business or life you have the opportunity to talk yourself down or up. Which will you choose when it comes down to it?