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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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Why your CrossFit box needs a lawyer drafted release form

You might have wondered, why does your CrossFit® box need a lawyer drafted injury and illness waiver and release form? Why can’t you just ask one of your fellow affiliates for a copy of theirs? What would it hurt to just create one yourself by compiling part from this one here and another part from...
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7+ Steps to Marketing your CrossFit Box Legally

Let’s talk about marketing your CrossFit box legally. CrossFit® is one of the fastest growing brands within the fitness industry both within the US and Internationally. CrossFit® is a registered trademark. CrossFit ® is not a chain of fitness facilities nor is it structured as a franchise. Rather, CrossFit® is a network of licensees who...
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9 liability risks of operating a CrossFit gym

Are you thinking about opening and operating a CrossFit Gym? Do you already operate a CrossFit® box and you’re trying to make sure that you have crossed your t’s and dotted your i’s so that you and your business are limiting the risks of liability as much as you can? CrossFit® has become one of...
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Can I Copyright an Exercise Routine?

You may have these kinds of questions: Can I copyright an Exercise Routine? Can I copy an Exercise Routine created by someone else? Can I use an Exercise Routine created by someone else when I teach a class? Let’s talk about each of these in turn. The short answer is yes, you can copyright an...
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Supplements and Fitness Professionals: Special Legal Issues

Supplements and Fitness Professionals: Special Legal Issues

Supplements and Fitness Professionals. For good or ill these two topics seem to go hand in hand. But what is their relationship? We have talked about how to make sure that you are not offering medical advice as a fitness professional, and the legal issues with offering nutritional advice as a fitness professional. There are...
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Client confidentiality and the fitness industry

Client confidentiality and the fitness industry

While it is somewhat unclear exactly when HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (42 United States Code § 1320d)) applies to fitness professionals, there is no doubt that it raised the stakes when it came to privacy. It is clear that client confidentiality is an area of concern in the fitness industry. HIPAA...
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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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Fitness Law: Why Equipment Maintenance is key

Fitness Law: Why Equipment Maintenance is key

Sometimes the most obvious things are also the ones that ignored: like fitness equipment maintenance. One of the most effective ways of decreasing costs associated with litigation and being sued is to avoid being sued in the first place! Truly, it is more cost effective to pay in prevention than in trying to solve a...
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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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