Episode 81: Media and Events at Widespread CrossFit

CrossFit gyms are known for their events.

But few have a designated events director. Widespread CrossFit is one of those gyms and Kari Kirkendall, a co-owner of the Box, has taken on that role.

As the media and events director, she oversees social media posts, planning gym events, etc. The reason for this role is simple: the Box sees events as important to building community, and with prior experience in event planning, Kirkendall knew she could do it well.

In this episode of Box Talk, Kirkendall shares how she to came into this industry and how she goes about planning events. She also discusses epic tie-dye parties, keeping your cool when mistakes happen and how to get Coaches to contribute content for social media.

Enjoy the episode!

Show Notes

  • Kari Kirkendall’s fight against CrossFit.
  • Why she didn’t want to coach for a while.
  • How encouraging her husband’s dream ended up benefiting Kirkendall.
  • Why she has the role of “media and events director.”
  • What kind of events Widespread CrossFit looks to plan.
  • How does planning an event at the Box work?
  • Walking through what the gym’s social media looks like.
  • The benefit of partnerships with the local community.
  • Why the best things take time.
  • What the best event at Widespread CrossFit has been and why you should consider it.
  • When things don’t go as planned during events, what do you do?
  • The importance of pivoting on social media.
  • Why posting about members doesn’t have to be just about big things.
  • How to get Coaches involved in social media posts.
  • Kirkendall’s final piece of advice for Affiliates.
  • What’s that video Heather talked about?

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