Independence Day is quickly approaching and we at MDI came up with three different event ideas to help you, the box owners, not only sell t-shirts but build and strengthen the community in your box. We present to you, celebrating Independence Day..... the CrossFit way!
#1: Slip & Slide Kick Ball
I know you've all seen Youtube videos about this one. It's seriously a blast. Having been tested by one of our staff members, this one is sure to be a hit with your members. The fun thing about this is it is a family friendly game so get the spouses and kids involved!
Materials needed for this event are;
4 Rolls of Plastic or Tarps
4 Inflatable Kiddie Pools
A Large Ball
A Water Source
You take the rolls of plastic and lay them out like lanes, with a kiddie pool at the end for each base. Fill the pools and water down the lanes. Dish soap helps keep them slick but you must add water from time to to time. Remember to allow plenty of time to fill your pools. It's great to grill out during or afterward as this game tends to last a while. Play just as you would normal kickball.
#2 SpikeBall Teams Tournament
The SpikeBall craze is making its way across the country. It's a fun game that you can involve anyone that wants to play and by creating teams of two you can make it a fun event for your box members.
To play this you will need to order the game from the website. We've included the How to Play below:
1) The sport of roundnet is played 2 vs 2, with a hoola hoop sized Spikeball net placed between the teams.
2) A player starts a point by serving the ball down on the net so it ricochets up at his opponents. They have up to three hits between them (just like Volleyball) to control the ball and bounce it back off the net. When they miss, you score.
3) Did we mention that there are no boundaries? Once a point starts, players can move or hit the ball anywhere. (spikeball.com)
#3 Water Balloon Dodgeball
This is another one that will help everyone beat the heat. Create teams in your box ahead of time by having everyone sign up. This is another game that is family friendly and can involve spouses and kids as well.
The materials needed for this are pretty straight forward:
Water balloons (look for the packets of easy fill water balloons)
Buckets or coolers to hold each teams balloons
A Water Source
This is played just like regular dodgeball. For a fun spin, if someone gets out have them perform 5 reps of a body weight exercise (i.e. Burpees) to get back in. Catching the balloons to get someone out maybe difficult so to substitute that, if a balloon is thrown at a person but does not break, the person that has thrown it is out.
There you have it, three fun ways to celebrate the birthday of our country in a way that helps build and strengthen your community. To help market these ideas to your box we have created some free done for you designs as well as some customizable designs. Have your athletes buy their team shirts now!
With Cinco De Mayo right around the corner we thought it would be fun to offer up a sugar skull as the free design of the month!
Feel free to download this image and upload it to your store so you can customize it, add your gym name on the skull and offer it to your athletes!
We are excited to announce another option for your athletes. This option eliminates the cost of shipping which is always great!
This works by allowing your athletes to use coupon code FREESHIP when checking out and their orders will ship directly to your gym with other orders that are placed in a certain date range.
Orders that are place by the 1st will ship to your box on the 15th of the month.
Orders that are place by the 15th will ship to your box on the 1st of the month.
Each order will be individually packaged with the invoice and name clearly on display so that your athlete can pick it up.
Standard shipping options that are offered now will still be offered. If your athletes want their gear right away they can still choose to pay shipping and receive it as soon as the order is processed.
This option is for your athletes that want to save those shipping costs and don't mind waiting a few extra days for their gear.
This is just another way for us to offer the best products for the best prices with the most options for you and your athletes.
Use the following graphic to advertise to your members that free shipping is now available.
Copy and paste the following to let them know how it works and the timeframes they can expect:
Orders that are place by the 1st of each month will ship to the box on the 15th of the month. Orders that are place by the 15th will ship to the box on the 1st of the month.
Memorial Day MURPH stirs up feelings in all of us. For some of us it stirs up feelings of anxiety as box owners prepare their athletes for this yearly test of fitness.
For others it stirs up a bit of vomit in our mouths as we remember last year, on our knees, just trying not to collapse into a pool of our own body fluids.
For the sickest of us all it stirs up excitement as you can't wait to put your body through the hell that MURPH is and watch your bodies experience it as well.
Whether you feel anxiety, nausea or excitement we all feel the same thing, or we should. Gratefulness.
Grateful for the man that gave his life for our country.
Grateful for EVERY man and woman that gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we are free to celebrate in this exact way.
Grateful, for every family member that lost their soldier but holds their head high knowing they will never be forgotten.
As Memorial Day draws near we urge you to not only plan an awesome event that your athletes can walk away from knowing they've accomplished something but to honor the men and women that we do this WOD in honor of.
We, at MDI Apparel are striving to help you achieve that. This year we have a new set of designs for your box to help make sure no one forgets what they are working for. Below you will find the designs we are currently offering.
Designs will be $25.00 each and ask that you email us which one(s) you would like so that we can invoice you, customize them, and get them loaded to your store. They are fully customizable to your box and are sure to make the point that your athletes, while working toward fitness, work for something greater this time of the year.
STEP ONE: Choose a design below
STEP TWO: Message or email email@example.com the options, colors, and anything else that you want customized.
STEP THREE: We'll load to your store so that you can create the products and use the following promotion with your members!!
In order for them to get the shirt for FREE, they must use CODE: MURPHSHIRT
Allowing your athletes to customize your predesigned shirts is one of the amazing services we offer.
Athletes can change the color of the design, they can add text such as their name or a funny quote and can select what color of shirt they want.
Some of these features can be hard to explain to your athletes so we have created a video on how to use these features. This will serve as a simple way to let your athletes know exactly what they can do and also some of the print guidelines for them to follow when customizing the shirts.
Below you will find the link to the video. Feel free to share this with all your athletes to educate them on just one more awesome feature of your apparel store.
We are SO excited to announce that we have solidified a connection to be able to bring you all MURPH vests! Not just any MURPH vests either, these are the same vests that are worn by the games athletes.
We also want to make this a great deal for everyone so when you purchase your MURPH vest you will get you MURPH shirt for free.
Once available the vests will be $189.99 plus shipping. You'll then be given a code to purchase your MURPH shirt through your gym website for free.
This is an amazing deal and opportunity. Please share this with your athletes! Who doesn't want to feel like a games athlete while they're sweating out MURPH?
This month we are featuring this amazing new product but it's not for you, it's for your furry friend.
Your gym dog can now rock a customized doggy tank that shows off your gym as well as how cool he is.
Your dogs no longer have to be jealous of all your athletes sporting your gym apparel, they can have their very own!
This product has already been added to the store options. Just go onto your store and you can create this product to be available with all your other products!
MDI Apparel constantly strives to give you the best service and to make the best products available. With that in mind we will be adding four new products to your stores soon.
These products are, men's shorts in different styles, women's shorts in different styles, women's leggings and women's sports bras.
All of these will come in different colors and will be fully customizable for you gym like our other products. We are in the process of adding these now and hope to make them available by May 1st.
ACH Switchover Program
We are happy to announce a program that we have used to helped other boxes with in the past and are now making it available to every one of our affiliates. The ACH Switchover Program.
What is this program?
This program is design to help you switch all of your members over to ACH payment.
Why do we care how your members pay?
Simply, because we like helping you save money! It costs owners less in transaction fees if more of your members use ACH to pay their monthly membership dues. It also creates more traffic to you store boosting your sales.
How does the program work?
The program works by offering any of your members that switch to ACH payment within a 4 week time period a credit (usually enough for a free t-shirt) to your MDI Apparel store. This helps in two ways. It saves you money by lowering your transaction fees and it creates more traffic onto your store, creating more sales.