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In today’s edition:

  • What we know about the 2023 Dubai Fitness Championship so far
  • Katrin’s remarkable record
  • How to increase your average client value

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  Who’s Competing at the 2023 Dubai Fitness Championship  

Who’s Competing at the 2023 Dubai Fitness Championship

While the roster is continuing to trickle out, we are getting a more finalized view of the upcoming invite-only Dubai Fitness Championship, set to kick off in Dubai, UAE, from December 8th through the 10th.

Remind me: Since its first annual competition held in 2012, the Dubai Fitness Championship has crowned winners like Annie Thorisdottir, Mat Fraser, Sam Briggs, Sara Sigmundsdottir, Brent Fikowski and in 2022, Fabian Beneito and Karin Frey walked away champions.

As the event edges closer, more information has been teased, including five of the events, a snapshot of the payouts and a partial roster. In the coming weeks, we look forward to rounding out our collected data and preparing ourselves for another spectacular off-season event.

Current Men’s Roster

While 18 names have been announced, we are still waiting on 12 more, as it was shared that 30 men would be receiving invites to compete.

  1. Ricky Garard
  2. Jonne Koski
  3. Alex Kotoulas
  4. Reggie Fasa
  5. Lazar Djukic
  6. Javier Gonzalez
  7. Guillaume Briant
  8. Giorgios Karavis
  9. Moritz Fiebig
  10. David Shorunke
  11. Bronislaw Olenkowicz
  12. Roman Khrennikov
  13. Ant Haynes
  14. Elliot Simmonds
  15. Luka Djukic
  16. Aniol Ekai
  17. Simon Mantyla
  18. Fabian Beneito Selles

Current Women’s Roster

Like the men, this roster is incomplete, as only 18 names have been announced officially, and we are waiting on 12 more.

  1. Karin Frey
  2. Manon Angonese
  3. Hanna Karlson
  4. Tayla Howe
  5. Andrea Solberg
  6. Matilde Garnes
  7. Claudia Gluck
  8. Emily Rolfe
  9. Seher Kaya
  10. Lauren Fisher
  11. Shahed Budebs
  12. Emma Tall
  13. Jacqueline Dahlstrom
  14. Brittany Weiss
  15. Mia Hesketh
  16. Alexia Williams
  17. Lena Richter
  18. Elena Carratala
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  Katrin Davidsdottir’s Incredible Consistency at the CrossFit Games  


Katrin Davidsdottir’s Incredible Consistency at the CrossFit Games

Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr’s incredible six-year streak as champion has cast a long shadow.

Her record obscures much of our attention from the woman who, without Toomey-Orr, would be recognized as the best of the past decade, Katrin Davidsdottir.

Although Katrin Davidsdottir has not won another championship since 2016, her performance has been nothing short of phenomenal, and in fact, she has actually been the second most consistent woman in the entire sport since 2015.

In this article, we are going to take a deeper look at what Katrin has done over the past 9 years to better understand just how consistent she has truly been.

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  The Easiest Way to Double Your Average Client Value, Increase Client Retention  

The Easiest Way to Double Your Average Client Value, Increase Client Retention

Although CrossFit affiliates have the freedom to run their businesses any way they see fit, the large majority have adopted the same business model: Sell group class memberships for $165 a month.

Case in point: In 2023, 80 percent of revenue at CrossFit gyms came from group class revenue, with a median price point of $165 a month for unlimited group classes (up from $160 in 2022 and $156 in 2021).

  • Other, much smaller revenue streams include personal training (12.8 percent), nutrition coaching (3.2 percent) and hybrid memberships (3.1 percent).

This data comes from the annual State of the Industry Report recently put out by Two-Brain Business, which this year included 13,444 gyms worldwide and data from gym management software companies PushPress, Wodify, Kilo and TeamUp.

Why this matters: When it comes to average client value, 2023 data shows gyms might be leaving money on the table, and a whole lot of it, as personal training, nutrition coaching and hybrid memberships are all higher ticket services, yet most gyms are heavily focused on lower ticket, group class-only memberships.

  • According to the report, the average cost of a hybrid membership is $337 a month—hybrid being a monthly membership that includes group classes bundled with at least one other service, such as nutrition coaching, personal training, online coaching or individual design. (Further, the average price for nutrition coaching as a stand-alone service is $152 a month).

All this is to say, in theory, a gym owner could more than double their average client value by turning group class memberships into hybrid memberships.

What they’re saying: Those who offer hybrid memberships say that adding them has helped increase, not only average client value and overall revenue but also client retention, as high-ticket, high-value memberships keep their clients more accountable than pure group class memberships do.

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