Certain people exude passion and enthusiasm — you can’t help but notice it when you speak with them. Marlon Georgiou of CrossFit Nice is one of those people. His love for his gym, his athletes, and his sport comes through in every conversation you have with him. For that reason and many more, Marlon and CrossFit Nice have been named our May Box of the Month. Read on for their story.
Can you please give us a brief background on yourself and your box? I was living in Dubai for 5 years working as a personal trainer. In 2011, my life changed when I was introduced to CrossFit and met my wife-to-be in the same year. After discovering CrossFit, I was hooked. This is what I wanted to do. We moved back to the UK where I continued to learn and practice CrossFit. After living in the UK for a year, we decided to holiday in the South of France. We instantly knew the South of France was where we wanted to be — it was December, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, and the locals were outside running, rollerblading and cycling. While finding the right location was difficult, we found a derelict 3800 sq-ft. garage almost a year later and turned it into a great facility! After a long year of renovation and hard work, we finally opened our doors on February 10th 2014. In our first month we had 28 members, we have now over 100 athletes.
Were you using any other management system, software or pen and paper, before beginning to use Wodify? No. We started with Wodify from the first day! Prior to opening our box, I was a coach in other boxes that used other software that proved to be difficult to use and lacking many features that Wodify provides.
What made you decide to implement Wodify? We were searching for a complete software that would make it easier for owners, coaches and athletes to use as well as tracking athlete performance. Wodify covers all and more. In fact, we were the first box in France to use Wodify.
What was the onboarding and installation process like?It was very simple. The 1 on 1 set-up call and online help made it very easy.
How was Wodify received in your box by your athletes/coaches? Everyone absolutely loves it! It is motivating and user friendly.
How did you drive adoption and encourage users to log their results? We simply demonstrated the benefits of logging results as it has performance graphs as well as percentage goals which coaches and athletes find easy to understand and use.
Did you notice changes in how your athletes performed after beginning to see their results in Wodify? It created a friendly competitive atmosphere within our members. “Who was going to PR and who was going to take the #1 spot on the whiteboard” was the question running through every member’s mind!
What would you say to people who think technology does not belong in a box? We would disagree as technology is everywhere — in our homes, in our workplace and the way we travel. As a CrossFit box it helps us record and share data, it highlights our weaknesses and strengths, which in turn will help us map out our goals and progressions. Sure we could do this with a pen and notepad, but as history shows us the majority of members will only keep this up for a few short months. Wodify has revolutionized the way our coaches and members view data in a fun, motivating, user-friendly format. We would set a challenge to those non believers – Try it!
How has Wodify changed your box? As we have had Wodify from the very first day our doors opened we cannot compare but we know this — our coaches and members are extremely motivated to use Wodify day in and day out, even on non training days!
How has Wodify changed your personal day to day? I have coached in other boxes and I can say that it is so much easier to track members performances and attendance. It is also how we determine our athlete of the month! Wodify has many great tools for the financial side of the business.
Do you have a favorite feature? If so what? So many features to choose from but if we had to choose one it would have to be the performance charts.
Anything else you’d like to share? We are extremely happy and proud to be part of the Wodify community. The customer service is one of the best we have come across. There is never been a question that wasn’t answered by the Wodify team! We recommend this amazing software to all the CrossFit boxes. Wodify, by far, is the best choice!
Thanks for sharing such a great story, Marlon!