It takes more than just a Level 1 Certificate to run a successful CrossFit affiliate. In this series, learn about the various ways affiliate owners and trainers evolve and plan as they work to lead the fitness industry.

In Part 14, the conversation continues as CrossFit Inc.’s Tyson Oldroyd talks about balance and dedication with Pat Burke of MBS CrossFit, CrossFit Verve founders Matt and Cherie Chan, Nicole Christensen of CrossFit Roots, and David Tittle of CrossFit Low Oxygen.

As an affiliate owner, being dedicated to your business is important for its success. But what happens when other things in life demand your attention?

Matt says it can be detrimental to the business to have too many high-priority pursuits—if you’re training for the CrossFit Games or splitting your time between gym ownership and another career, for example.

“You have your passions … but in reality, if you’re pouring your heart and soul into one thing, something else is going to suffer,” he says.

Oldroyd echoes that sentiment, remembering something Australian CrossFit Games Masters athlete Matt Swift said: “You can only have one most important thing.”

Cherie agrees, but she adds that striking a balance is important because life is inevitably full of many important things.

Video by Mike Koslap.
5min 15sec

Additional reading: “Dirt Rowed” by Emily Beers, published Jan. 5, 2016.

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