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Monday, February 6, 2012

It's time to put up or shut up...

Just a short one today, to make a quick but important announcement.

When I first started this blog over a year ago I didn't know what I wanted to do with it.  It began just as a way to get my many random thoughts in order.  I had some idea that I could try to coordinate my blogging with my role as president of the Minnesota Chapter of the Barefoot Runners Society.  But like most of my hare-brained schemes, those ideas weren't very well formed. 

If you've been following my adventures, you've seen this blog experience a meteoric rise in popularity.  I attribute most of that rise to my finally deciding to share what I know about barefoot running, health, and fitness.  People have gotten the idea that I know what I'm talking about, and I'm happy to play along. 

Since becoming more visible in the fitness community, folks haven't just sought out my help online.  They've asked me to come speak at events.  They've asked me to host clinics and workshops.  And they've been looking for one-on-one personal coaching and advise. 

What started as a trickle has quickly turned into a flood.  I went from zero coaching clients to several in a couple of months.  I have more folks who want my help, but either don't have anywhere to work out or don't have the money to plop down on a bunch of private coaching.  I have a crowd of people looking for me to expand my clinic and workshop schedule this year, and no good place to hold those clinics.  And I'm looking for a setup that will give me a central location to do barefoot form training and gait analysis so I don't have to lug around a bunch of AV equipment.

The answer came to me a few days ago:

"Holy shit...I think I need to open a gym!"

Every superhero needs a lair.  This wouldn't just be any old lair.  This would be a towering beacon of strength training and barefoot running awesomeness.  I imagine a space where I can host strength training classes, do personal training, hold clinics and workshops, do some running coaching, and host the occasional potluck (I'm from the Midwest...we love our potlucks). 

This idea is just thoughts on paper at this point.  The logistics of the whole thing, and whether it will even happen are completely up in the air.  But I'm a believer in the notion that if you tell people that you're going to do something, you're more likely to do it. 

I'm also a big believer in doing things that force your hand towards your ultimate goal.  For example, if you sign up for an ultra marathon, you're more likely to do the necessary training for it.  So I've taken the first step in forcing my hand towards possibly opening a Crossfit gym.  I signed up for my Crossfit coaching certification (the Level 1 cert.).  I'll be an official Crossfit trainer by the end of March. 

I have no idea what the future has in store for me.  I feel like everything I've been doing with this blog has led inevitably to this point.  I feel like I need to do this.  I'm simultaneously excited and scared to death. 

I'll keep you loyal readers updated as to my progress.  Thanks so much for your support.

Dare to dream big citizens!  Happy Monday!


  1. Hey Christian, I know Erwan & the folks at MovNat were looking for a designer to help them design a "MovNat" gym because some folks were asking for that. I think that could be an excellent idea for you!

  2. Cheers to your plan. Good luck with the pot-lucks.

  3. Potlucks are where it's at! We have one once a month, excellent time to get together for informal chats/workshops/clinics about health, fitness and well-being! I'm super excited for you!

  4. Related biz-opportunity for what I see as a total niche: There is pretty much only one opportunity for indoor running in the Winter for folks who don't want a full-blown club membership (Metrodome). This would be particularly attractive to the barefoot running community I think, but what if you had a dedicated indoor running facility. I'm thinking one of those big-box retailer shells that are left behind when a store relocates. Would folks pay $100 for an all-winter membership for indoor running? It would be even cooler (and make for longer loops) if you had terrain, and could "switch" tracks and lanes around and make different routes. Now I'm getting into crazy talk, but you gotta dream big.

  5. Friggin' sweet, Dude! I am stoked about what the future holds for MGBG.

  6. Very Cool MGBG. A friend and backyard neighbor while growing up used to own and run a gym (he now focuses solely on his Zubaz business). He'd probably be willing to share a little free advice if you're interested. I could put you in touch.

  7. Interesting idea Dan. The only thing I'd be worried about is the cost of a facility like that. If you have say a 1/4 mile track, then you have a space that is likely several thousand square feet. At $4 per square foot, that's a lot of money to keep the lights on for a couple of months out of the year.

  8. you should have a gravel pit- I'm addicted to barefoot running in the stuff



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