It takes more than just a Level 1 Certificate to run a successful CrossFit affiliate. In this series, learn about the various ways affiliate owners and trainers evolve and plan as they work to lead the fitness industry.

In Part 11, the conversation continues as CrossFit Inc.’s Tyson Oldroyd talks about the importance of building a program around general physical preparedness (GPP) with Pat Burke of MBS CrossFit, CrossFit Verve founders Matt and Cherie Chan, Nicole Christensen of CrossFit Roots, and David Tittle of CrossFit Low Oxygen.

The Chans say their first impression of an affiliate comes from its programming.

“When we go to do drop-ins, that’s how Matt and I pick the gym we’re going to drop into—looking at the programming they’ve done the last week,” Cherie says. “And that gives you a really good idea as to how well they understand the intent of a GPP program with CrossFit.”

In a time when a lot of clients want to do what CrossFit Games athletes are doing, complicated and multi-part programs have become abundant, the group agrees. Mimicking Games training in your everyday programming puts an affiliate at risk of overtrained athletes and insufficient coaching, Matt says.

“(When the programming is multi-part), and there’s a complicated movement in one or two or even none of the parts, how much coaching can actually be happening when the workouts themselves are going to take 45 minutes?” he asks.

Video by Mike Koslap.

5min 37sec

Additional reading: “Programming: In-House or Outsource?” by Emily Beers, published June 1, 2016.

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