Remember When Gyms Programmed Their Own Workouts?

September 10, 2020 by
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In late July, a gym owner posted a question in a CrossFit affiliate owners’ Facebook group. She was unhappy with the programming she’d been buying and asked what programming other gym owners used.

The answers rolled in: CompTrain, Mayhem, NCFit, Linchpin, Speal Programming.

Sixty comments later, Chris Coker, owner of CrossFit Wylie in Wylie, Texas wrote he was surprised that so many gym owners are outsourcing programming. He wasn’t knocking it, he wrote, but “10 years ago it was one of the reasons people wanted their own gym, to own their members’ experience and be the creator. Again, not a knock, it’s just fun to reflect on how things have changed.”

Things have changed. Ten years ago, programming for CrossFit gyms was a business model that didn’t even exist. Now gyms can choose from a long list of options when deciding what workouts to offer their members. However, just because gym owners can outsource their programming, is it something most CrossFit gyms should do?

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