Garage Gym Startup

In this episode I cover 4 topics in regards to business, life and a big promise I made to my wife because I want bringing too much negativity!

A big issue we are currently facing in the business is construction next to our building and a big lack of communication from our landlord. 

If you are a garage gym owner, I think this is a great (and short) episode to check out!

Direct download: episode_34_GGS.mp3
Category:The Fitness Business -- posted at: 7:37pm EDT

For many years I have used the content and resources Zach Even-Esh has provided both online and in person. From purchasing his books to going through the Underground Strength Coach Certification Zach has really been a go to for me over the years.

I believe this conversation in important for anyone who is currently training out of their garage or a small space and looking to expand. We also discuss having a job while owning a may be surprised what Zach says about this and his new endeavors.

I cannot wait for you all to listen to this one!

Direct download: GGS_episode_33_zach_even_esh.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 5:12pm EDT

Miranda Alcaraz may be remembered by those in the CrossFit community by Miranda Oldroyd, her maiden name. Since her time as a star in the CrossFit games, she and her husband Julian Alcaraz have built one of the most amazing online fitness communities around through their business, Street Parking. 

I was really excited to have this conversation not only because I think Miranda is awesome, but because we are in a time when online is the way to go. However, it is not for everyone. Not only do you need the smarts for programming, but to truly build an online platform/community you have to have the ability to build brand. You are fighting in a crowded space with a lot of "instagram starts" many of whom are fitness based. Miranda and the Street Parking crews ability to build their brand and their community is truly amazing.

I hope you all enjoy this episode!

Direct download: ep_32_miranda_int_final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:10pm EDT

I sometimes think about what I would have done differently if I could go back knowing what I know now. I wouldn't change much, and honestly, I think it's all a learning process. But, if I could go back, there are a few things I would have done and done differently in order to better prepare myself for the future of OTL Fitness.

7 years will teach you a lot, but I know I still have a ton to learn.

I hope you enjoy the episode. Follow our gym @otlfitness on instagram or the show @garagegymstartup.

Have a great one!

Direct download: ggs_episode_31.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:27pm EDT

One thing many forget about the small business owner is we don't have a 401k match by our companies. Many times we pay out of pocket for our insurance. And for many, "retirement" isn't even a thought.


In order for us to be ready for the next phase of our lives, owning the real estate we run our gym on can be a huge life long benefit. 

In this episode, Dave Nichols of CrossFit Flower Mound talks about the purchasing of the real estate his gym currently operates on.

This is not advice to any listeners to purchase property. This is simply Dave talking about what he's done in his business. 


We hope you enjoy!

Direct download: episode_30_dave_nichols_interview_.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 7:13pm EDT

In February of 2019 we published an episode on changing prices for your gym and or business. This episode did extremely well and made us realize price changes can be difficult but many people are needing to go through them.

Well, on March 1, 2019 we went though our official price change. For some, this change was as much as $90 more than what they were previously paying. To say the least, we were scared. We were afraid to lose members or hurt feelings. However, as our rent took another increase, we knew it was necessary in order for us to keep our business alive.

This episode is an update on the price changes, the effects it had on our business both good and bad, how we went about it and changes we made to our class times.

If you are even considering changes in your pricing, Pt. 1 of price changes and this episode are a must!

Please take 1 min. to leave a review!


 Coach David and Courtney de Leon

Direct download: pricechange2.mp3
Category:entrepreneurship -- posted at: 5:04pm EDT

In episode 28 I talk about garage gyms and whether or not I believe they are going extinct and what you can do to avoid taking the wrong road when it comes to starting your gym. 


The industry is changing. Will you be ready?

Direct download: GGS_episode_28.mp3
Category:The Fitness Business -- posted at: 12:03pm EDT

A price change can be one of the hardest things to do as a gym owner. In the process you will lose members, question yourself, and maybe think about changing your mind. However, if done correctly, you could be setting your business up to survive for years to come. 

In this episode I talk about the changes we made, why we made them and how we think it will help us become a better business. 



Direct download: episode_27_price_change.mp3
Category:The Fitness Business -- posted at: 2:04pm EDT

There are a ton of great podcasts out there for business and life in general. As I drove to work, I thought I would share with all of you my favorite go to business podcasts that help keep me informed and motivated!

Direct download: GGS_Episdoe_26.mp3
Category:The Fitness Business -- posted at: 12:15pm EDT

Recently I have felt like I'm getting too comfortable when it comes to business. Complacency, in my opinion, is a disease. We must be self aware and get out of the feeling of complacency and make moves.

I also talk about creating ideas in this episode. Ideas should be something we have everyday. We don't have to act on all of them, but constantly be thinking of what is next and how you can be ahead of the curve.

Being a gym owner isn't easy, but I wouldn't change it for the world!

Don't forget to check out the VLOG. Search "Of The Lion Fitness" on YouTube to see the episodes.

Direct download: garage_gym_start_up_episode_25.mp3
Category:The Fitness Business -- posted at: 9:50pm EDT