Garage Gym Startup (general)

Hiring a new coach (this would be our first one not through the gym if we find someone) has been difficult. Not just finding qualified applicants, but getting my ego out of the way. 

In this episode I talk about just that, hiring and how I am stopping myself and you may be too.

Have you hired before? If so, hit me up on instagram @otlfitness and let me know how it went.


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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!

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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!

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In this episode of Garage Gym Startup I talk about a really low point for me personally, what caused it, how we got out of it (my wife/business partner is awesome) and what is a MUST for your garage gym. Hint: It is a vision :)

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You can't miss this interview!

I had the incredible opportunity to sit and talk with Jason Khalipa, Father, business owner, CrossFit Games winner and overall amazing person about owning, running and building a gym. We talked about family, balance, growth, and what it takes to build the dream gym.

This is one you cannot miss whether you own a gym or any business.

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If you are in the business of owning a gym (or any business) long enough, you are going to have those people who call you with no real intentions of purchasing your service. Here's my story on a call I got just the other day and how I suggest handling it. 

Also, I talk about how you should coach a class when only 1 person shows up. Hint: Like you would coach any other class!

Follow me on instagram: @garagegymstartup

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Jae Kim has become a very good friend of mine. He is hard working, makes no excuses, and is an incredible entrepreneur. He started with a food truck and is now building a food empire here in Austin. You can also see Jae on SharkTank!

He may be in the restaurant business, but in this podcast we talk about building a foundation in your business and go in depth on the mindset of an entrepreneur. 

follow us on instagram: @garagegymstartup 

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Aja and Aryan are brothers who own Behemoth CrossFit. These two guys are truly awesome people and amazing athletes. However, it's their love for people and movement that have helped them grow their awesome gym, Behemoth CrossFit.

In this interview we cover entrepreneurship in the fitness industry, working with family, hiring coaches, and the future of their business.

I hope you can relate and learn a few things from this episode. It is a little bit longer, but totally worth it!

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Do you have a flow to your classes? Do you know how to create energy in the beginning of your class, maintain it and close it out with energy as well? One more question, how do you introduce new members on their first day?

How you control the flow of your class and how you introduce new members is very important and can create a consistency that your clients come to love and enjoy.

In this podcast I talk about how we "flow" through a class, create and maintain energy and close out classes with a bang!

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Pricing is important from the very beginning. Too often trainers/gym owners under value themselves. But how do we even know what we're worth?

The other big mistake is the business model of under cutting other gyms in the area thinking that will bring you the business. 

Let's talk pricing, things to think about when setting prices, discounts, contracts, and much more!

instagram: @garagegymstartup


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We hear about "community" all the time. In this episode I am going to cover 3 main topics about community.


1) What it actually means (at least to us at OTL Fitness)

2) Why is it important? It is a means to building your business and creating longevity.

3) How you actually do it. Remember, it starts from the top!

Check us out at:

instagram: @garagegymstartup

Direct download: garage_gym_startup_episode_8.mp3
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Partnerships are very common in the gym industry and breakups among those partnerships are too.  

In this episode I talk about partnerships, the pros, but mostly cons and being in business with your significant other.

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The Texas Water Safari was an incredible experience and much as learned between 44 hours of no sleep and getting lost in Alligator Lake. Check out my experience and what it taught me about life and business. 

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Have you ever wanted to or do you currently own a gym? Follow along as I take you through the life of a gym owner. I will be talking business, how we get more clients, how we retain them, how being a gym owner has changed my life and how not to let it ruing yours!

Direct download: episode1.mp3
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We all want to achieve something be it in the gym or in life. Regardless of what it is, here are 4 keys to reaching your goals. But remember, you can't just follow one, you need them all!

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I sat down with Daniel Nicholson, the CEO and Prez of Nada Moo to talk about his Journey, trials and tribulations as an entrepreneur. If you haven't given this gluten free, dairy free, and delicious frozen dessert a try, be sure you get some at a store near you.

You can visit for stores near you that carry this awesome product!


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The 5 Rules of The Gym and Life

There are 5 rules that I believe should dictate the way you train and the way you live. Here are those 5 rules!

@davidofthelion - Twitter/instagram

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We live in a "more" world. We want more money, more strength, more free time, more, more, more. We are so inlove with this idea that many times we miss the value in the things we currently have. 

I have added a new routine of reflection to my day and I think it can help change your life too!

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Sometimes we have a tendency to get in a comfort zone and although we feel as though we are getting things done, we aren't getting them done to the best of our ability. Get outside of the comfort zone, change your environment to one that is motivating, challenging and uplifting and you will go beyond your abilities!

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Sometimes when we get done with our day we want to just relax and take time to ourselves. But it isn't always necessary. Sometimes we must give our time back to those who need it. Your time here is short, how will you use it?

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No matter what it is in life you decide to be committed too, there will always be people who have something negative say. When you are strong, weak people say you work too hard or you are on steriods. When you do well in your job, they say "Well he/she isn't happy". 

No matter what it is, there will always be hate. Don't listen to it and continue to do what you love. Never try to please a crowd because someone will always be dissatisfied (usually because they aren't pleased with themselves). 

Work hard, be awesome!

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No mater the extent of your education or experience in life, there will always be things that come up in which you are not prepared or cannot be prepared for. 

This is a quick podcast I did while driving to work in regards to those issues, and our recent cricket infestation. 

They say running your own business is like a box of chocolates, you never know what your gonna get.

Direct download: they_never_tell_you_about_the_crickets.mp4
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We all do it, we pile everything possible on our plates only to realize we cannot handle it all. In this interview with Navy SEAL Brad McLeod, he talks about how letting go of certain things allowed him to crush it in other aspects of his life.

You don't have to do it all. Pick 1 or 2 things and be awesome at them!

Direct download: brad_mcleod.mp4
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Too many times we want to steer away from the things that bother us or make us uncomfortable in life and business. But, if you want to learn and grow, you have to put it all out on the table and be upfront with both the good and the bad.

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When it comes to leadership, no one knows it better than those who are leaders of our military. I chat with Navy SEAL/Entrepreneur/CrossFit Gym Owner/BOSS Chriss Smith Jr. about what it takes to be a leader and the traits he believes it takes to truly lead with respect, passion, and energy!

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