Luke D. Kayyem wrote:
Dear CrossFit Affiliates. I have been asked by Couch Greg Glassman to meet with him and Freddy Camacho and discuss the controversial challenges that CrossFit Affiliates are facing. If you have any professional questions or issues please email them to me. "This is our chance to speak up"
Coach is listening[email protected]
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Some positive comments from affiliate follow. Then...
Russell Berger wrote:
We have now cancelled this meeting. The meeting was not to "discuss the controversial challenges that CrossFit Affiliates are facing". We have already heard all of your concerns in your own words, and they are not new. This was an offer for you to meet with Greg and Dave so that they could clarify HQ's position and explain (in person) how you have misunderstood the Affiliate model.
Unfortunately, you have attempted to exploit this opportunity by trying to turn yourself into an official spokesman for our Affiliates. Our Affiliates speak for themselves, and If they wanted an official liaison between themselves and HQ, I'd hope it was someone who didn't blame his businesses shortcomings on others being given the same opportunity he was.
You've really missed the point Luke, and it's a shame. To use a Greg Glassman quote, "The CrossFit affiliate agreement is a hunting license, not a freezer full of meat." CrossFit teaches the movements, spreads the word, and licenses the legitimate purveyors of fitness. It does not get in the way of legitimate, free market competition. This will not change. A CrossFit affiliate is a professional service - with equal or greater impact in its clients' lives as any doctor or lawyer. Professionals don't have territories - in fact they almost always locate their places of business near each other. To advocate for franchise rules is to compare CrossFit affiliates to KFC and McDonald's. The comparison makes no sense.
CrossFit HQ has deep respect for the perspectives of each and every affiliate, which is why we grant them such a huge amount of individual freedom to make their dreams a reality. I hope that you can eventually come to terms with this and are able to focus your energy back on creating greater value for your clients.
Looks like Freddy, this Luke guy and several of their supporters have met the criteria, per the affiliate agreement, for expulsion from the klan.