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Starting a CrossFit Box: Legal foundations

The legal foundations needed for starting a CrossFit Box are not significantly different from starting another kind of fitness business – however, there are some distinctive aspects that arise so read on for some things to think about as you establish the legal foundations for your CrossFit® gym. Choose an entity type A CrossFit® Box can...
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6 tips to build a solid Fitness Professional reputation

I love to work out.  Exercise is my hobby. I do not craft, I do not paint things for fun, and come Lord Jesus if I try to bake. Just pray for the whole family if the neglected Kitchen-Aid Mixer comes out. Pursuing my fitness goals is my happy place. I train hard for about...
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Training the elite amateur athlete: legal issues

An elite amateur athlete may be just as serious as “professional” athlete. What makes an athlete “professional” is largely determined by the national body governing the specific sport, but it needs to be said that receiving compensation is not sufficient to make an athlete “professional.” For example, federal legislation provides some funding for amateur athletes;...
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Can I write off my family vacation as a fitness professional?

Can I write off my family vacation as a fitness professional?

Sounds great doesn’t it? Work and vacation in one, especially if you can just write off your family vacation on your taxes! So, here’s the question we’re discussing in this article: So can you write off your family vacation if you undertake training or work as a fitness professional for a session or two at...
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Fitness Professionals: are you giving medical advice?

Fitness Professionals: are you giving medical advice?

When we ask “where is the line?” when it comes to fitness professionals giving medical advice what we are really asking is what is the scope of practice for a fitness professional? While it is fundamental, we often need to state the obvious clearly: Fitness professionals should not provide medical advice to other individuals, unless...
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Fitness Professionals: Do you need Liability Insurance?

Fitness Professionals: Do you need Liability Insurance?

Fitness professionals need liability insurance. But, what is it? and why do you need it? Liability insurance is any kind of insurance policy designed to provide legal defense and to cover the damages that may be awarded against you if you are found liable There are many different kind of policies – which are largely...
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dba vs LLC for fitness professionals

dba vs LLC for fitness professionals

So maybe you’re not doing this personal training thing as a business yet, or you just teach one class a week as a 1099 contractor for a gym. You might be wondering the difference between a dba and an LLC? And why you might choose one over the other. Or maybe you have a great...
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10 Ethical Guidelines for Fitness Professionals

10 Ethical Guidelines for Fitness Professionals

When running a fitness gym or coaching athletes, you have to be worried about more than just plan creation and marketing.  There’s what is legally required and there is professional and ethical behavior. Let’s talk about 10 ethical guidelines for fitness professionals. Be Honest in your representations They say you should fake it until you...
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Do fitness professionals legally need to be certified? (US, Australia, Canada, UK & Brazil)

Do fitness professionals legally need to be certified? (US, Australia, Canada, UK & Brazil)

The question of whether fitness professional legally need to be certified is a fundamental question, both for those starting out in the industry and for those who’ve been around a while who might be under the impression that industry practice might equate with legality.  Let’s talk briefly about the situation in the following countries: USA,...
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Working with Minor Athletes – Special Legal Issues

Working with Minor Athletes – Special Legal Issues

It is that time of the year, when the new school year begins, school physicals are being feverishly done, and parents are registering their children for athletic leagues, and school teams. Working as a fitness professional with minor athletes gives rise to special legal issues. Here are 9 such special legal issues that relate to...
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