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2016 NFLPA CrossFit Program Underway

“We work with the good people at CrossFit to help players obtain their Level 1 Certification, which opens doors to being coaches and trainers.
We also want to expose players to the business side of CrossFit to help open their eyes to entrepreneurial opportunities available.” The NFLPA notified players about the off-season opportunity through e-mails and social media in the winter.
While he already has his Level 1 Certification, he said he came to the program to get exposed to different ideas and methods.
“I wanted to see what was happening at other Boxes and pick up new ideas to keep my Box growing,” Bradley said.
“I was brand-new to CrossFit last year, but after this experience and visiting the Boxes, I fell in love with it,” Chick said.
“I’ve been putting a business plan together over the last year.
Hendel, on the other hand, opened only the second CrossFit gym in the state of North Carolina back in 2006.
Taylor opened CrossFit Petworth within the last two years but in a very competitive marketplace.
With such varied experience, player participants were able to get a wide range of advice when asking about starting a business.
“The program is a great resource, and I’m enjoying the opportunity to hear about not only the fitness side of it, but the business side as well.” The players drilled the panelists for the full two hour allotment, getting into specific areas such as marketing, equipment, demographics, class offerings, insurance, financing, staffing and more.

CrossFit athletes and NFL players now have more in common than impressive bench press results.

Thanks to a program run by the NFL Players Association’s Player Affairs and Development Department, 10 active and former players are learning the ins and outs of the business of CrossFit:

  • Carlos Bradley (Former Player)
  • Carl Bradford (Linebacker, Green Bay Packers)
  • Justin Forsett (Running Back, Baltimore Ravens) and wife Angie Forsett
  • William Henderson (Former Player)
  • Vonta Leach (Former Player)
  • Tim Masthay (Punter & Co-Alternate Player Rep, Green Bay Packers)
  • Earl Mitchell (Defensive Tackle, Miami Dolphins)
  • Logan Paulsen (Tight End, Washington Redskins)
  • Tim Semisch (Tight End, San Diego Chargers)
  • Stan White (Former Player)

“We have a lot of players transition into life after football without being sure what it is they want to do,” said Leslie Satchell, NFLPA Senior Manager of Player Affairs and Development. “We work with the good people at CrossFit to help players obtain their Level 1 Certification, which opens doors to being coaches and trainers. We also want to expose players to the business side of CrossFit to help open their eyes to entrepreneurial opportunities available.”

The NFLPA notified players about the off-season opportunity through e-mails and social media in the winter.

“My curiosity has been piqued in recent years about CrossFit,” Masthay said. “I’d had limited exposure to it, so when I saw the union put this event together, I said, ‘Hey I’d love to go to D.C. and learn more about CrossFit, both the training side and the business side.’”

CrossFit is self-described as a strength and conditioning program that implements constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement. The three-day NFLPA-run workshop in Washington, D.C. offers something for everyone, whether a player is unfamiliar with CrossFit or he is already well into his career.

The program started by taking participants to different CrossFit facilities in the area – CrossFit Petworth, HumbleBeast CrossFit and Trident CrossFit. At the Boxes, players were able to hear directly from owners about what works best for their business. On Day 2, players will dive further into requirements for Level 1 Certification, including foundations technique, nutrition. They will also master movements…

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