Episode 37: Balance in Business and Competition at CrossFit Omnia

CrossFit Omnia

The competitive nature of CrossFit has exploded.

Whether it’s the intensity with which members approach the Open or the annual release of the Games film, competition and the focus on it has continually grown. However, it seems the only ones making it anywhere close to Regionals or the Games are full-time athletes.

However, Rj Smith, the owner of CrossFit Omnia in Denver, Colorado, shared that is not the case. He revealed how the competitive team in his gym has made it to the Games while having full lives and careers outside of the gym. It’s all about balance for them, as it is for him. An owner of a gym, Smith also has a real estate company. He shares finding the balance between the two is a challenge.

Listen to the podcast episode below and learn how Smith handles competitive athletes in his gym, how he finds the balance of life and work, and his top lessons learned over the years.

Show Notes

  • How Rj Smith’s girlfriend moving introduced him to CrossFit.
  • What took Smith from owning one gym to opening CrossFit Omnia 30 days later.
  • The pros and cons of partnership.
  • Where the name CrossFit Omnia comes from — and Rj’s second choice.
  • Why Omnia has seen incredible growth over the past year.
  • What the competitive scene looks like at CrossFit Omnia — and why it’s different from what you usually find.
  • How they decide who is on the team.
  • The pros and cons of having competitive athletes in one’s gym.
  • How Smith keeps his competitive athletes part of the gym’s culture.
  • Keeping the athletes humble and finding the balance.
  • Making competitive athletes understand what’s actually important in the gym.
  • Finding the balance between the gym and Smith’s other full time job.
  • What members don’t see when it comes to the finer points of owning a gym…
  • Smith’s top lessons he’s learned over the years.
  • How doing less has actually helped the competitive athletes at Omnia.

Heather Hartmann
Heather is the editor for Box Pro Magazine. Contact her at heather@peakemedia.com.


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    Stephen McColl

    April 9, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Who is eating chips during this podcast

    • Heather Hartmann

      Heather Hartmann

      April 9, 2018 at 4:30 pm

      No one! I promise! The mic was giving feedback that wasn’t picked up in our audio tests. It’ll be better next time! Sorry about that, Stephen.