1. The internet is full of workout videos, good ones and bad ones, of which we can all learn a lot. I personally like to follow weightlifting pages that post clips of pro weightlifters’ performances. One great one is Hookgrip’s Instagram or Youtube page which have countless of slow motion videos of lifts, where you can really see the techniques.

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  2. As a service designed to help gym owners manage their businesses, WODconnect is involved with different kind of gyms in different stages. In most cases we work with gyms from the very beginning of their life cycles, so we have the opportunity to witness the twists and turns of the process from close. The founder of WODconnect is a gym owner and has the experience of opening and managing three CrossFit gyms in Finland, and the growing gym network in Finland often turns to us when they need advice.

    In addition to helping gym owners personally, we thought it would be a good idea to collect our thoughts in a series of blogposts. So, we started to write about all the basic subjects related to opening a new gym. The aim is to outline all the important steps every new gym owner will most likely face in the process. Without going too deep in the details, which can only be done with gyms case-by-case. Here’s our first contribution – it’s about you and your initial plan as a gym founder.

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  3. We launched the first version of our booking system about a year ago, and have been developing it since. Today we have quite a nice number of gyms and athletes using it, and we’ve been shaping it step by step to match both groups’ needs. As a result, we have a booking system made specifically for functional training and CrossFit gyms. So, what’s in it for athletes and gyms, how does it work?

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  4. As a gym admin you have the possibility to let WODconnect post your gym’s workouts, class schedule, seminars and other information automatically to your gym’s website. This helps your customers to reach all the information easily, and reduces the time you need to spend posting it.

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  5. Great news for athletes and gyms using your booking system! We have implemented a feature that many of you have wished for – the iCal feed. This is how it works.

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  6. New stuff for gym owners coming up! First one is an addition to sales reports. For those of you who are selling several different products, it’s important to know what are the best sellers and what’s not moving from the shelves. To provide a clear understanding, we added a separate sales report for products, including seminars.

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  7. We were practising snatch with Skills Transfer exercises. I like the method of learning step by step, it makes it easy to learn. I’ve been a bit afraid of olympic weightlifting movements, worrying about breaking my back or some part of my body by doing it in a wrong way. But now, after doing many repetitions of those, they don’t scare me anymore. I only have to make sure that I have use a proper amount of weight. I like the fact that in CrossFit, there’s always a coach looking after me during workouts and assuring that I’m doing the movements right. At our gym, during our On Ramp, there’s always two or even three coaches present, which makes it really safe.

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  8. It’s always fun to notice people using your product in new ways. WODconnect’s workout tracking system was created for actual gyms, but it doesn’t mean anyone couldn’t create an own gym there. In fact, we have noticed more and more different kind of ‘gyms’ created. It turns out that it’s common to follow more than one programming, and many people do extra workouts in addition to their gym’s main programming. To schedule those workouts people have created different gym feeds. The most common and maybe the most useful ones are for competitive teams or advanced athletes, as many CrossFit gyms have a special programming for these groups.

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  9. Another week of CrossFit workouts is behind now. This one was much easier than the last one. I think I’ve learned my lessons – I’ve listened to my coach and did take it a bit easier this time. And I felt much better afterwards, of course. I’m starting to like it!

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  10. It’s about 2AM now and I can’t sleep. At the moment the pain in my shoulders is overwhelming. Especially the left one. I don’t remember when anything has hurt this much physically. Even when I broke my finger two years ago, the pain wasn’t as bad. Is this really part of the process for everybody, or is there something broken? Was the 10! workout we did with a 20kg bar too much? Really?! What can I do to this agony? I mean I can’t sleep because of the pain… Is this really worth it?

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