I remember the first time I talked with Kenny Kane. I was like, “Who is this guy and how is he so funny?”
As new to the world of Affiliates as I was, little did I know I was talking to a sort of mythological man, an OG of the industry. And there he was, joking around like we were best buds.
So, you can imagine how I excited I was to profile him for a cover story back in March/April 2017. I had an hour to talk to Kane and pick his brain about fitness, business and more. Plus, he was highly entertaining while sharing on all of the above.
What I love about talking to Affiliate owners who have been around for a while is their stories. Whether it’s about how the industry used to be, how they found CrossFit when it was just a rumor or that their membership dues were simply a bucket with cash thrown in, it’s amazing to see where the industry as a whole has come from. And Kane’s story is different then most OG’s out there; he bought a gym already functioning, but had been apart of it for awhile before Andy Petranek, the founder, was ready to sell.
The path of the Affiliate is varied and winding. I can name at least a dozen of owners that when I started with Box Pro Magazine owned a Box but now no longer do; however, most of those gyms are still in business that I can tell, just under different ownership. Based on what I’ve talked to Kane about and how CrossFit LA is still going strong, I think it can be done successfully.
So, I thought it would be helpful to release my cover story interview with him from 2017. I think he shares ideas and information that is still incredibly relevant. I invite you to listen, to laugh and to snag one takeaway in order to make your gym even better then it is today.