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EP050: Building the Community through Crossfit with the Vaydas

By Chris Peach

This is a special day for me and this show - the 50th episode! If you have been listening for a while, you may have noticed a common theme with many of the guests: I either met them at or through the “gym”. I decided to tie all of those guests together by inviting the founders and owners of the CrossFit gym I attend - Brian and Lisa Vayda. In 2012, they were taking a road trip and started dreaming about taking their passion and turning into a business. A few months later, that dream would become a reality. And within a year, the reality was this: they had created the second largest Crossfit gym in the entire state of Arizona! During the interview, we break down why they were able to achieve such a high level of success early on and how they almost lost everything right at the peak of it all. We discuss the ups and downs in starting and keeping the gym alive and some the greatest challenges we all face as entrepreneurs. One of the biggest takeaways from the episode is the very personal story about one of the toughest moments inside their journey as husband and wife entrepreneurs, and how they were able to push through when many of us would have called it quits. Here is the list of interviews from this CrossFit gym: Episode 42: Morning Routines, Extreme Focus, and Non-Stop Learning with George Laughton Episode 38: Retired at 34?! - with John Gaston Episode 36: Innovate or Die, with Jason Beck Episode 34: PD S.W.A.T. Officer Goes Debt Free Episode 29: How to Interview Your Next Financial Advisor Episode 28; Payment Shock and “Oh Crap!” Mortgage Mistakes All the show notes, links, the PDF download, and anything Brian and Lisa mentioned can be found at

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