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Survey Says: 6 Improvements We are Making

Posted on by Alycia

Thank you for taking the time to fill it out with your thoughts and suggestions. The fact that you told us the good, the bad, and thought about improvements, shows that you care about the gym and our success in the future.

You spoke and we listened.

1.Schedule:

It seems as though the majority of people are relatively happy with the current schedule (which makes sense, since you joined the gym). Currently, we have availability to add 9am, 12:30pm (in November), and 4:30pm, but there weren’t quite enough responses to warrant the addition of a new class. If you absolutely can, and will, make it out to any of those class times during the week, post that to comment or email me. I’ll keep tally, as we’re willing to add the classes whenever you are ready!


ANNOUNCEMENT: We are returning to our pre-summer 7:30am class schedule, beginning next week. This schedule is Mon, Wed and Fri.
(That will open up some opportunity for Tues/Thurs 9am or 12:30, fyi).

2.Favorite Thing to Do in Class:

Barbell strength movements came in on top, followed by Olympic lifts. This is great, since our gym is a ‘strength-biased’ CrossFit gym, and we intend on staying that way. So, you’ll be seeing more of the same with the barbell lifts, and you’ll be getting some extra coaching in the Olympic lifts as well. Our coaches are all hard at work learning the in’s-and-out’s of Olympic lifting from a variety of sources, so as to provide you with the very best in coaching and technique advice.

There wasn’t any one thing that was a clear “least favorite”, so we’ll continue to incorporate a variety of skills and movements into our classes.

3.Seminars:

Olympic Lifting, Gymnastics and Mobility were the top three choices. Be on the lookout for upcoming seminars (taught by pro’s in the sport!) on Olympic Lifting and Gymnastics.

Alycia is working her way through a 200 page book on mobility and self-myofascial release (the pain ball and foam roller stuff),  so prepared to be brutalized…I mean, repaired during upcoming classes. A mobility ‘mini-clinic’ will probably happen a few times a year as well.

Seminars will happen on the weekends, per your suggestions.

4.Yoga:

18 of your said that you would take Yoga if it were offered on a weekly basis for a minimal add-on fee. Beginning in mid-October, you’ll be getting your wish! We are offering TWO class times/week – Wednesday at 7:45pm and Saturday at 11:15am. The two times allows for the option to add 4 or 8 yoga classes/month into your current CrossFit schedule. Yoga is something that we believe EVERY athlete at our gym needs to be doing, so we are keeping the pricing super-low. You’ll have the option to sign up for a weekly Yoga add-on for $25/month, or a twice-weekly Yoga add-on for $40/month.

More info on Yoga is coming in the next big blog post. Stay tuned!

5.Coaching:

You rated our four coaches, and they all scored well! Strengths and weaknesses were pointed out, and our general thoughts on things were re-enforced, meaning that we are all on the same page. Coaching is a lifelong learning experience, and all of our coaches are engaging in continued outside education in the form of seminars, CrossFit gym visits, coaching and lifting forums, coaching DVDs, books, and more. Overall, your responses lit a fire under our butts and we’ll be working extra-hard to uphold our status and to make improvements where necessary.

6.Additional Suggestions:

Showers: YES! Our next location (YES, we are very close to a final agreement on a stand-alone building that’s just a few hundred feet down the street. Possible move-in date of February, 2012) will have showers to make morning, lunchtime, and afternoon classes a possibility for more people.

Music: Our current playlist is a compilation of music from our members. If you don’t like it, bring in your own to add to the mix. The music is ‘approved’ by Justin and Alycia, but basically anything goes. Just burn us a CD, or somehow get your music to us, and we’ll add it ASAP.

Water: We will be selling bottled water, as well as large reusable water bottles in the front area within the next few weeks. We will also be selling PaleoKits soon (beef jerky, nuts and fruit, for easy paleo snacking on the go!).

Charity: We would LOVE to do something to support our local community, and to give back to those in need. Ameet had a great suggestion about doing something as a company (offering a fitness ‘scholarship’ to local children), or getting our members involved in a locally-based charitable endeavor. We think this is a great idea. If you have a charity or organization that is of particular significance to you, please note that in comments or email Alycia. We’d love to do a fundraiser WOD, or to put our muscles to use with a town clean-up project, habitat for humanity project, or something like that.

Partnerships: As we expand, we are looking to partner up with local companies that have similar goals of making people healthy and happy. If you know of a great small business that you think could benefit from being associated with our gym (and likewise, us benefiting from them), let me know! We are not big on offering discounts to customers of other stores (our prices are already so low per class for what we offer)but we love having friends/partners in the area that we can work with on projects, events, etc. We also occasionally barter for creative services (photography, graphic design), rehab services (massage), and we can barter for cleaning services, etc.

Thank you again for the ego boost, and the kick in the pants. It’s because of you that we are driven to become a better gym.

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9 Responses to Survey Says: 6 Improvements We are Making

  1. sara says:

    Can’t wait for more info in the Crossfit Aspire!

  2. Dave says:

    Nice! I’m excited about the water, trying out a plaeo kits, and that shower option means I can WOD in the morning again before work – awesome! Thanks Aspire!

  3. Kate says:

    Thank you, very exciting stuff! I’m looking forward to the seminars, charities, PaleoKits, and of course the new location :)

  4. Tricia says:

    If you were to add a 4:30 class, I would definitely make that class and that would actually enable me to bump up to coming to probably 3 days a week! :) Keep me posted if you do!

  5. Alycia says:

    Cool. Anyone else? I’d be available to teach a 4:30pm any day. Are there days that are better/worse for you? If our classes are consistently more than 3 people, we can probably make that work. Just gotta get people to commit to it.

  6. LeeAnne says:

    Although I am out nursing a torn meniscus right now,when I am able to get back I would love a 4:30 class!

  7. Kate says:

    LeeAnne I was wondering where you were!! Recover fast, I miss you :)

    BTW – I mightttt very much so enjoy a 4:30 class after cross country season ends, but I can’t be one to officially commit to it until I try it out and see if it’s a go!

  8. Alycia says:

    torn meniscus? That stinks! how did that happen? Email me at alycia@crossfitaspire.com or call us today or tomorrow. I just want to be sure that we are in the loop with any injuries you have. I hope you have a fast recovery. Healthy people tend to recover faster, so try to get an extra hour of sleep each night, and dont eat any processed food ;)

    Speaking of injuries, Kate, have you been to Dr Matthews yet? or are you ribs feeling better?Forgot to ask the other day.

    hmm….I’m hearing 4:30pm. Anyone else want 4:30? I’ll ask during class. That would be fine with me to offer it maybe on Tuesday/Friday or something like that.

  9. Kate says:

    it seems that they’ve been getting better, thanks! im going to give them a little more time, hopefully I won’t need to go … until next random injury at least :)

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