The Rundown - Issue 6


Introducing The Rundown!

Each week we comb the internet for the most impactful news and content in coaching, training and people being their best and bring it back to the TrainHeroic blog.

Think of it as your assistant coach that updates you once a week only with stuff you care about and does a great job of making your life easier and keeping you in the know!

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Here’s what you need to know this week:

What Does the Future Hold for CrossFit Affiliates?

As the infamous singer songwriter Bob Dylan once said, "The times, they are a changin'", and this mantra holds true for the CrossFit Affiliate. In a segment of the fitness industry that has seen massive growth since 2011, the competitive landscape of opening a gym has changed, and it's time to accept reality and evolve.

Recently we published an article on the TrainHeroic blog titled "Accepting Change: One Man's Opinion on the Future of the CrossFit Gym", and the article really resonated with the Affiliate owner crowd.

Here's the jist of it - the landscape has evolved from the days of Pukie the Clown. If you want to reach a wider market, you need clean facilities and top notch branding, better education for your coaching staff, additional offerings to the WOD, and you must know what your local market is looking for. 

So, what do you think? Leave a comment below with your thoughts, and be sure to mention how long you've been in the Affiliate grind!


High School Teams in Washington State Are Forfeiting Rather Than Play School with NFL-Sized Talent

I'm torn. Reading this, my first reaction is "coooome oooon! Man up and get the work done!", but at the same time, I can totally relate. Playing on a notoriously bad high school football team, we were always under sized and behind in just about every other metric.

Regardless, we buckled up and gave it hell.

But, at the same time, the word is out about the legitimate dangers of concussions, and playing NFL-sized talent is certainly increasing that risk.

So, my question is this: is the cost to benefit ratio worth it to play a game in which you are likely going to lose? Sound off in the comments and let us know your thoughts.

This Week in People Being Their Best: 34-Year Old College Linebacker Jeron Jache and a One-Arm Bar Muscle Up

Man. This story is rad. Jeron Jache of Iowa is a 34-year old collegiate linebacker. Talk about a dude who never gave up on his dream. Here's the story:


Good on ya, Jeron. Keep being a bad ass.

And in the CrossFit world, this guy just did the world's first unofficial single arm bar muscle up:

3 Must Read Training and Coaching Articles

If you are looking for some further reading, here are my top three articles from around the web in Training and Coaching.

THIS is a much needed article on how to evaluate a strength coach. The strength coach is often the first hire a new head football coach makes, and some of the top strength coaches are making more money than coordinators, but there are no clearly defined performance benchmarks.

THIS article by TrainHeroic contributor Chris Holder is pure gold. If you are unfamiliar with Chris's work, take a few minutes to browse the TrainHeroic blog and get familiar. From the article:

"What the hell does this have to do with strength training and fitness? I’m glad you asked. There is not an individual reading this article who doesn’t have a goal that they are trying to achieve in their fitness. “I want to get stronger,” “I need to get leaner,” “I need to make it to Regionals this year,” and so on. I would venture to guess that nearly all of you, deep in the recesses of your soul, want this goal with every fiber of your being. But 99.9% of you have also created a story around that goal that has given you an out. An out if you fail. An out if you get injured. An out if you just aren’t there yet."

And finally, THIS article will give you a much needed kick in the ass.

About The Author

Colby Knepp is the man behind the Marketing at TrainHeroic. He's also a husband, father, strength coach, former rugby athlete and life-long learner. Colby is a big fan of a Moscow mules, ass-to-grass squats and Korean BBQ.