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I learned over the years that you shouldn’t spend more than you make. When I moved from my old location to what is now the Cave, I kept that financial approach in place.

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Just about everything we bought was used. The rest we made ourselves or had skilled friends  make it for us.  On rare occasions we bought new stuff, but only as needed.

In contrast, all around there was  a major fitness organization hitting hyper growth and bigger fancier gyms were springing up around us quickly.

I stuck to my original plan and heard through the grapevine that I was being mocked as “the old guy with the dumpy gym”, and  who in their right mind would want to train in a place like that? They  didn’t have anything fancy or shiny there, no mirrors, no sound system, no amenities of any kind.

I have to laugh now, looking back, a number of those people are gone now.

My training philosophy is still very basic as is my gym.

I am now older and the Cave is going strong!

Nothing fancy, just results!

 

Our athletes use steel clubs and maces just about every day. Our program uses both.

Sometimes in our macefit.com classes and other times as a warm up for barbell training like you see here.

Don’t limit your thinking! Adding macefit.com to your existing training program can improve your performance overall.

 

make-up tests

General warm up (10 minutes)

resistance band pull a parts x 100 reps

Sanddune power steps x 100 reps

Adex club barbarian pull overs x 25 reps

Sanddune push ups x 15 reps

specific warm up (5 minutes)

bench press test

rest as needed

specific warm up (5 minutes)

deadlift tests

**Note:  no conditioning/accessory work during tests**

I used to run very large martial arts classes, up to about 100 people at once.

Over they years, I found it was much better to work with smaller groups

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  • better coach to client ratio means more quality instruction
  • safety is improved
  • results are better
  • less overhead

When I transitioned to the strength and fitness world, I started out small, like many people do. Unlike many others, I decided to keep my gym small, “old school-style”.

Big fancy gyms are all over the place in  my area, like yours I’m sure.

https://www.insidermonkey.com/blog/7-most-expensive-gyms-in-america-360537/2/

So, if you have a small warehouse gym or other small gym, and love what you do,

here’s some tips to keep you up and running in the midst of all the monsters around you:

  • don’t be intimidated by the big chain gyms, they cannot offer what you do
  • plan before you spend, and spend less than you make
  • buy used equipment or make your own whenever possible
  • don’t buy what you want, buy what your client need
  • build your reputation by getting measureable results for your clients through excellent coaching
  • keep advertising to a minimum, it is often a waste of money (in fact, we don’t advertise our gym at all)
  • don’t take credit cards, the processing fees are way too high
  • small gyms don’t need software to track their clients progress
  • don’t buy expensive sound systems ( we don’t have any at all)
  • remember, no one person will make or break your gym
  • don’t chase after “super stars”
  • don’t follow fads
  • build on the basics
  • invest in your own training regularly
  • keep learning from credible sources

I hope you find this helpful!