82. Joe Tepe | The Strip CrossFit

82. Joe Tepe | The Strip CrossFit

In this episode Jason and in part Roz sit down with Joe Tepe is the owner of The Strip CrossFit, the only box in Las Vegas with air conditioning. Joe reached out after our episode about Open gym and when Fern and Jason jumped down the rabbit hole of drop-ins. Joe has a unique position to comment on drops in because he’s box gets over 2700 unique drop-ins every year, in fact, one stopped in doing this interview. In this fun interview, Joe talks about turning away drop-ins that want to do “their own thing,” maintaining class structure with so many strangers hitting class, and finding the balance of not jeopardizing the “best hour of the day” for his members. He also drops the best places to eat in Vegas and the craziest thing a drop-in has ever done in his class.
Timestamps: 

  • How many drop in per year? (3:40)
  • Two different drop in types (7:07)
  • Dropping in with your own programming (8:09)
  • Members come first (11:10) 
  • The math (12:14)
  • Listen to the end to hear the craziest drop in story Joe has to tell.

Joe’s Top food place in Vegas:

  1. Pizza rock
  2. Mon Ami Gabi
  3. Bacchanal Buffet

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Jason Ackerman:
All right. It is Monday and I'm here with Joe, Tepe. of the Strip Crossfit,. Welcome,.

Joe Tepe:
Joe. Thank you for having me.

Jason Ackerman:
I said that, right?

Joe Tepe:
Yes. That's yet to be just like the Indian tepee that what my parents always say.

Jason Ackerman:
So unique thing going on here. Joe reached out to me a couple of weeks ago. We had it podcast episode all about open gym.

Joe Tepe:
Yes.

Jason Ackerman:
As typical Fern and I, we went on a tiny bit of a tangent and we started talking about drop ins. And Joe reached out to me on Instagram and said, hey, if you ever want to chat about droppings, we get a ton, because as the listeners may have guessed, the strip Crossfit, is based out of Las Vegas.

Joe Tepe:
Yes. Yes. The closest affiliate to the Las Vegas strip.

Jason Ackerman:
So I said, Hey, Joe, let me let me do one better than let's help it on a phone call, do a podcast. Roz and I are going to be in Las Vegas in a couple of weeks. Let's sit down. Yeah. So here we are sitting down. We also have some cameras rolling, which if you're listening to the podcast will play. You can check us out on our YouTube channel, best hour of their day. But Joe, myself, my wife Roz. We all just got demolished by muscle anarchy leg day. So, first of all, thanks, Joe, for hopping into that with us.

Joe Tepe:
Yeah, that was a little bit worse than what I would typically like to do on a Saturday. But I was like, when? When in Rome. I'll do what they're doing.

Jason Ackerman:
And you made me do something. I didn't want to do the work out. Called for some lunges. Yeah. And for the listeners, I don't know. I'm only forty one, but I do have arthritis and my arthritis is in my big toe and that may not. That seems like a laughing matter. It seems like no big deal, but it severely impacts you if anybody has arthritis in a big toe. Hit me up and let me know what you do for it. But I've got a cortisone shot a little over a year ago. It helped. But really, the only thing that it impacts are lunges. So I said to Joe, you guys lunge, I'm going to squat. Joe basically in a very nice way. Call me a little bitch. And then I wound up doing Bulgarian splits, split squats. Absolutely the most hard version of a squat. So we came in here, Roz and I, you know, we're in Las Vegas. This is my first experience here. Roz and I are not crazy partiers, but we're out late for us. We got home. What time we get home last night, Roz?

Roz Glanfield:
Midnight.

Jason Ackerman:
Midnight. Crazy night. Midnight.

Joe Tepe:
That's just get it started out here in Vegas. That character, that's like just waking up from your daytime pool nap. Ready to finally eat like a quick sandwich from room service and then hit the nightclub afterward.

Jason Ackerman:
Well, now, we got back last night and Roz was like, I got four thousand steps in or something. And I was like, that's it. But that was like the next day. Yeah. So but anyway, we woke up. I slammed a Starbucks, had a pre workout, immediately jumped into a set of lunges and my heart rate skyrocketed. So you guys got way ahead of me. I sat down, was talking to your other droppings from the Koda Crossfit, in Boulder, which was like serendipitous because we're, you know,.

Joe Tepe:
Wearing a down roots. Crossfit shirt.

Jason Ackerman:
Yeah, I'm wearing Crossfit Root shirt. We were just in Boulder. We're thinking about heading out there. So I got a whole lot of craziness. But anyway, we're officially sitting on your casting couch, this black couch over here. Roz Look that up later. She doesn't know what that is, but

Joe Tepe:
Perfect. Better than she doesn't. As long as it's not in the browser history.

Jason Ackerman:
Refresh clearly your history. Joe First of all, I have so many questions for you. This is my first experience to Vegas.

Joe Tepe:
Yeah,.

Jason Ackerman:
It's seems insane. But, you know, when you reached out to me about droppings, how many drop ins would you say you get a year?

Joe Tepe:
Last year we had twenty seven hundred different people. Not like multiple days, but twenty seven hundred different weavers that we filled out for the gym.

Jason Ackerman:
So, you know, those boxes listen, like we've got a lot of drop ins and people want to do their own thing. Twenty seven hundred is probably.

Joe Tepe:
Correct.

Jason Ackerman:
The most in the world.

Joe Tepe:
It's Up there. I mean, I've had some people visit from New York and in L.A. and different areas and they say that sometimes their gyms get up there. But like when I tell them that kind of numbers, they definitely kind of a little star struck, not star struck, but kind of all kind of mouth dropping like like that. That's overwhelming, almost.

Jason Ackerman:
Well, yeah, I mean, our good friend Randy and Roxy live in Orlando and they called for a Crossfit, Mousetrap. Yeah. And they get here. Oh, yes. But I mean, that's got to be on par with with something like that. So I guess, first of all, a lot of questions about that. But yeah, I'm surprised because I'm in Vegas and I don't drink a lot. You know, we don't do anything crazy and I barely wanted to work out today.

Joe Tepe:
Yeah.

Jason Ackerman:
So all these drop ins are partying but then still coming back.

Joe Tepe:
I think it's I think it's a. Instagramable, worthy kind of thing, I guess you could say it's like it's like it's kind of like back in the day when you went to Hooters or Hard Rock, and the only reason you really went was because you want to go home back to Ohio or Nebraska with your T-shirt. It was it's kind of that same kind of like grind it out, sweat it out, grab a t shirt and go back home and talk about like, hey, I was in Vegas for the weekend. It still did. Crossfit,.

Jason Ackerman:
So before I ask you about the financial implications and the positives of this. Yes, the craziest drop in store you have as far as like has someone come in and so wasted that they just throw it during the warmup.

Joe Tepe:
I've had a couple of people stop mid workout and kind of be done with it because they were a little hung over. They're asking for party aides or do you have any kind of clear hangover? And it's almost like, do I even want this guy kind of doing it or do I just kind of put him on a assault bike in the corner and make him sweat a little bit?

Jason Ackerman:
But I made us sign a waiver, which. Yeah, probably which is probably smart .

Joe Tepe:
What's the almost need like someday to be able to breathalyzer when somebody walks in here for a 6 a.m. class?

Jason Ackerman:
That's not a bad idea. But so we know if someone comes in, had they been drunk during the work out.

Joe Tepe:
I've never seen anybody drunk. But I mean you could definitely I mean smell some people and kind of say, hey. I mean, take it easy today or like back it off a little bit on the weights. Like, don't go overhead with as much as what you would typically do. But we try to cater also like our weekend workouts are typically a little bit more cardio based, less 225 cleaning jerks overhead like it's more hey, let's let's move a kettlebell or let's move some dumbbells and quite a bit longer, more like cardio once. Not only that, but like if somebody has a friend or like they're buddy or their neighbor that they're meeting in Vegas, it's a little bit more, hey, come with me and do this workout. And I don't have to kind of teach as much on those, but you can still get a great experience with Crossfit,.

Jason Ackerman:
Would you say you get more droppings on the weekend?

Joe Tepe:
Different types of droppings like so I mean, we are also the biggest convention city in the world. Yeah.

Jason Ackerman:
Our uber driver was saying that there in the week you get a lot of tourism because of this.

Joe Tepe:
So we have to I mean, I would say that that we have two different but there's two different kind of models of a drop. And we have the one that's here for work that wants to replicate what they would have done at home, which is their Crossfit, workout, eat breakfast and go to their meetings. And then we also have that vacation or where they're here, they're gonna go to a pool afterwards, but they still want to get a nice workout in and be able to do something similar to what they were doing prior. So like Monday through Friday, like 6 a.m., 7 a.m. in the 8 a.m. can get pretty hectic, pretty crazy with quite a few people dropping in for that.

Joe Tepe:
Speaking of speaking of a drop in. We have one right now.

Drop in:
Dropped in.

Joe Tepe:
How can I help you?

Drop in:
Yeah, pretty crazy walk.

Jason Ackerman:
While we're sitting here, we just pause and came back when you had someone.

Joe Tepe:
Yeah. two Hours after we closed, typically there'd be nobody here at the gym right now.

Jason Ackerman:
But, you know, that's really the direction I want to go with. This guy that just showed up Joe from Ottawa looked to be about 60 years old.

Joe Tepe:
Yeah.

Jason Ackerman:
You know, decent shape for a 60 year old. But immediately, hey, I got my own programming. Yeah. So let's dive a little bit into that. We'll come back. We'll circle back to the money thing.

Joe Tepe:
Yeah.

Jason Ackerman:
How many of these. Twenty seven hundred people that are dropping those are unique.

Joe Tepe:
Yeah.

Jason Ackerman:
I Heard you tell Joe. Yeah. 25 your first day, 15 and additional.

Joe Tepe:
Yeah. I think that's it. That's are kind of not trying to beat anybody over the head type of pricing wise.

Jason Ackerman:
They're from 4 day that 100 bucks.

Joe Tepe:
Yeah. Yeah. Otherwise. Yeah, you're right. You want to work out four days in a row and I mean, it's almost a full monthly membership. We like hey. Like if you wanna come in your first day, it's twenty five and then any additional. I've obviously got to know you a little bit. I've got to watch it move a little bit. It's a little bit easier for me to kind of coach you day to day three and so forth as opposed that first day where I really got to ask a lot of questions before I put you under a barbell or before I send you out on a 4 K Ru n or anything like that and know that you can handle it. Day two, day three. It's like, alright. I've seen a workout or two. It's like I have an idea of it's not watching you through the next movement, but I have a good idea of kind of what you're capable of. I guess you could say fitness wise.

Jason Ackerman:
So of the twenty seven hundred unique droppings. How many of them reach out to you and say, hey, I want to come to your box, but I do my own programming? I mean, this guy. Quintessential. You don't need to do anything other than your average Joe programs and yes, strip and Fern and I talked about it numerous times. Yeah. People are Roz hate so that I go on these rants, but people are dumb. Now, granted, we just came in here and did muscle anarchy.

Joe Tepe:
I didn't do my work out for the day, but fun to do his own. Didn't want to come in yesterday for bench press day, but he on a hotel workout.

Jason Ackerman:
Part of that is we wanted to sleep into it. How many of those people are telling you, Hey, Joe? Can I do my own thing?

Joe Tepe:
So, I mean, we're pretty good about asking what? Doing your own thing means. Like, I answer all the emails, I take those on my as my responsibility. If if you're asking me do your own thing as in like you have a little extra warm up or you have a little bit extra cool down with some like different kind of muscle like accessory work, that's that's different. Now if you come in and you say that, hey, like I follow comp train or I follow Invictus or I follow misfits and I want to set up a bench and a barbell and a wall ball and a box and everything else and take up a quarter of the gym and drop weights in the middle of the workout. I have two hours the day where I'm happy to let you do that. Otherwise, I suggest suggested gym down the street that all that will allow you to do it. That might have a little bit more space.

Jason Ackerman:
How much money are you taking away every year by saying no to those people?

Joe Tepe:
I mean, I've never sat down and thought about the exact dollar amount, but I mean, you're probably looking at a couple hundred bucks a week or more. I mean, sometimes they will fit into that nine or eleven spot or if they said that they can't come to the afternoons. Depending on what the workout is and what it entails or sometimes allow it.

Joe Tepe:
But it's a one off, one on one kind of a kind of grey area basis. My biggest thing is, is it getting quite a few drop ins is that I don't want my members to feel second rate to the one day experience. And as much as I want the people to come in while they're on vacation, have the best one hour of their day while they're here in Vegas. My primary focus is my my members and making sure that they don't feel that they are playing part of the role of helping out or basically making somebody else's experience better. I mean, we try to kind of welcome everybody with the same like as a member. But hey, like we're not going to go through like, hey, this is Joe from Ohio. He's visiting us for today. Everybody say hi, wave and introduce yourself. We go through our regular workout and we we are friendly, but he's one of our members for the day, right?

Jason Ackerman:
It's a hard balance of, hey, we appreciate your twenty five dollars, but these are the people that are giving me thousands of dollars over the course of the year. Yeah.

Joe Tepe:
And I mean, as much as it is a nice added benefit to our experience and to our like monetary over the course of a year and over a month, it one hundred members is four times the amount of profit or money of our two hundred and fifty drop ins a month. So let's let's break that down.

Jason Ackerman:
That's a twenty seven hundred drop in a of the year. Yeah, of course that's unique. And like we said, just doing the math. That's ten thousand dollars. If they're only coming once.

Jason Ackerman:
Yes. Do that math correctly?

Joe Tepe:
It breaks down to about 5000 thousand dollars a month.

Jason Ackerman:
Wow, OK. So you're making 60 grand a year simply on drop it.

Joe Tepe:
Correct.

Jason Ackerman:
That's probably more than a lot of boxes are grossing with their members.

Joe Tepe:
Yeah.

Jason Ackerman:
Now, of course, I assume and you know, you can't really see it. Obviously, if you're listening, you can't see it. But in the cameras. It's a good sized space. We have 3000 square feet.

Joe Tepe:
Yeah, a little under three thousand square feet of usable gym space.

Jason Ackerman:
Two beautiful locker mean, really nice locker room showers. AC the only box in Las Vegas with air conditioned.

Joe Tepe:
Yes.

Jason Ackerman:
And. But but. My point is it would be a little bit of truces for drop ins to do their own programming.

Joe Tepe:
Correct.

Joe Tepe:
While there's class getting on. The setup is very much so that one coach can engage with everyone and there's no rig in the middle or kind of segregation of space. But in that same capacity, if somebody sets up a bench or sets up a back squat, you are pretty much right in the middle of the class.

Jason Ackerman:
Yeah, you welcomed us yesterday. You know, it's Saturday now because the episodes up Monday. But you said, hey, come on Friday, you can do your own thing in the corner. And I didn't do that. The reason I ne and we went to the hotel gym because I don't want to be in your way. And again I don't want to be that Asshole.

Joe Tepe:
Correct.

Jason Ackerman:
Doing my own thing in the corner.

Joe Tepe:
Grey area. Yeah. Grey area on a Friday night show in Las Vegas. Most people aren't working out. So when you said that, I was like, OK, like we can make accommodations for a Friday evening now. That was a Tuesday afternoon at 5 o'clock. I'd be like, no. Join the class and do the bench press and suck up into the buprees.

Jason Ackerman:
Yeah. For the record, Roz, I'd love to do. We're just in the middle of fighting some muscle anarchy courtesy of Dave LIPSON and Thunder, bro, cause we're testing it out and doing some cool stuff with them and Camille. Yeah, but I'm a firm believer. No one needs to do anything outside of class. We even said we were having a conversation earlier. I said games athletes should do classes too. Yeah, right. It's the motivation. It's the community. It's the TRYING to be the person next to you. Sure. Games athletes need to do a little more programming, the volume, etc..

Joe Tepe:
Yeah.

Jason Ackerman:
How? How do you have that conversation with people, is it simply, hey, no, go to the local box that allows you to do it? Or is it, hey, here's why I think you should do class.

Joe Tepe:
I mean, I try not to delve too much down the rabbit hole with each person in terms of wild. Why what they're doing is wrong for one day. But all sometimes I'll get on a on a high horse on a pedestal, but like say, hey, like it's OK if you take one day off of this set programming and do some constantly varied non kind of. Dave Castro was to come out and say, hey, we're squatting after you already did a squat workout the day before. Yeah, big deal. Like, Hey, you're doing what Dave says. Like you just did a thousand overhead squats. If he tells you five hundred more, you're going to do it. If that's the next open workout or if that's the next event in the Crossfit, games like that,.

Jason Ackerman:
Crossfit, games I'd Marry the next day. They had muscle ups. Yeah. Anyway, I heard Pat Sherwood talk about this years ago. The analogy of Michael Phelps, the Olympic swimmer, showing up to practice on day one in swimming and then on day two showing up and saying, Hey, coach, I see you got swimming written down and again. Yeah, I thought we'd do something different today. Yeah, right. Crossfitters are like, well, I can't squat two days in a row.

Joe Tepe:
Yeah.

Jason Ackerman:
So.

Joe Tepe:
Oh, you know what? Add to that. I mean I'll leave it up to one of my coaches or myself if you show up and say, hey, I got something else and you're like, hey, I just squatted yesterday, I might say, hey, instead of the squats, let's let's do a deadlift or instead of, hey, you just did a shitload of cleans in the back row and do snatches instead.

Jason Ackerman:
Right.

Joe Tepe:
And that still participating in the class. But just like you would for somebody who broke their arm constantly or being able to adjust the workout to fit that person. Now if they're completely adamant about doing their own and they do not want to follow it, great. We have two hours a day come in during those hours. Otherwise, hey, there's other places that you're more than welcome to do whatever you'd like and follow their rules. But unfortunately, our gym doesn't set up for that.

Jason Ackerman:
Have you had someone come in, say I'll do class, but kind of secretly try to trick you and do their own thing in the corner?

Joe Tepe:
Not to that, but like I've had like people like the way they'll be like one hundred and fifteen pounds and then they'll throw one hundred eighty five pounds on it.

Jason Ackerman:
Like I need you go heavier.

Joe Tepe:
You completely change the stimulus. But I mean I've also been like wow, I'm shocked where I've also had somebody like we had a workout the other day that was a ninety five pound snatch for high reps right after assault bike and toes the bar and instead of ninety five pounds, he loaded 135 on his bar and I'm like, oh, this guy's going to take three years to get through his workout. And he was the first one finish. So I was like holy shit. Like, OK. Like, so I mean it kind of plays both ways. And I mean, I kind of I mean, kind of take it as a case by case. I mean, if the person doesn't look like they know what they're doing, this guy happened to be a coach and I mean, kind of loaded it. And I told him this stimulus during our briefing at the board and he's like and loaded it on his bar. I'm like, all right, let's go. I mean, I went I'm like, this is gonna crush him. And it didn't. And I was like, all right. Like, I could be wrong, too. But I mean, I've never had anybody like that. I obviously being so close. Our biggest thing is that sometimes we'll get like the buddy who's like, I want to, like, beat up my friend who's never done Crossfit,. And they'll drag him with zero experience and it's snatches for the day or heavy deadlifts and you'll have 10 or 15 people in a class. And it's like I'm watching a guy like turtle shell every single deadlift. But he wants to go as heavy as his body. And in trying not to spend too much time where you're actually not coaching everybody else because I'm correcting one person for the entire forty five minutes. And that's where sometimes the abusive part of the dropping can kind of get a little like affray or kind of sideways is that. Yes, you do. Crossfit,. I'd love to have you, but I don't want you to subject your buddy to a class when he has no idea what he's doing. And sometimes they're not honest in what they actually do and not I work out all the time and I'm like, do you do Crossfit,? Like I do like some high intensity, like some interval training. I'm like, what gym you go to? Where what Crossfit, gym do you go to? And they're like, Oh, I don't do Crossfit,. I'm like, OK, little shit. Like the workout today snatching. Now I got teach us guys to snatch without being too rude to him to say, hey, like I can't teach you in 15 minutes how to snack long. Don't you have a full while coaching 12 or 13 other athletes that want some feedback and want me to be engaged with them as well? And that's where kind of the it kind of comes in where you're a little hesitant to accept those people, even though it's yet twenty five dollars, but it's not going to give them the best experience. And now, not only that, it's not also giving everybody else what they're paying for on their memberships.

Jason Ackerman:
Well, let me ask a couple more rapid fire questions about drop ins. Do you charge other affiliate owners? Because that's a big question. An affiliate. And there's a misconception out there, like Crossfit, free for drop ins, you know, if you're a member here or there or I'm a Level 1 coach, etc.. Do you charge regardless?

Joe Tepe:
I do. And I'm pretty firm on that . Erm so I'm pretty firm on the job that everybody pays a drop in just like I mean. Now if you're here for three or four days, typically a tape first one, then the rest are free. It's a case by case. I don't I don't play it the same way on every single person but in the same respect I was just in Lauderdale for my cousin's wedding and I mean the owner was very adamant about wanting to waive my cut. I'm like, no. Like, hey, like, here's the 20 dollars. I buy a t shirt. Something along those lines to be able to practice what I preach. I guess you could say, I don't want to charge somebody and take away everything else. But at the end of the day, I don't visit 20. I don't visit one hundred and fifty different affiliates every year. No one could take advantage of that same type of return.

Jason Ackerman:
Well, I think something they overlook is, hey, we are just off the strip. I don't need to dive into it. I mean, you're welcome to tell us. But I'm assuming your rent is more expensive than some dude in Des Moines, Iowa. No offense if you're in Iowa. I know I said that Des Moines, Iowa. But the point is it's maybe a little more of a suburb than the strip in Las Vegas. Yeah, your rent's probably more. And you deserve to charge for them outside of Roz and myself, who's been the most famous people that have dropped in here? I mean, that's comparable to Roz. But if you had any high level Crossfitters or, you know, celebrities, drop it.

Joe Tepe:
No celebrities. I mean, unless you're talking like kind of like Crossfit, type celebrities, but like Margo stopped by. She's go out.

Jason Ackerman:
Margo Alvarez, she's been on the show best hour of their day.

Joe Tepe:
Allison, I'm going to forget her last name from Crossfit, down in Miami. I forget she's another regional athlete. Ralph Ralph Duran from Norco. But most the problem is, I mean,.

Jason Ackerman:
THis is between Roz and I, your most famous drop and then.

Joe Tepe:
Yes. Yes.

Jason Ackerman:
I want to. Do you want to? I think you should start is like if I go to those restaurants and they have the celebrities that have ate their on on the wall and want to take a picture of us.

Joe Tepe:
The problem that I have of all that goes back into the tangent. Typically, those celebrity athletes all like yourselves all want to do your own individual,.

Jason Ackerman:
Dammit Joe.

Joe Tepe:
So I send you down the street to somewhere else. And I've I've had like two. Neary Like a month before reopened. She asked if she could come to visit aims at Games Athlete next Neil Reed anymore. I think its name is. But she asked about coming in. But again, asked about her own programming. And most games competitors are more than all of them are more than one hour.

Jason Ackerman:
So there. So you. That's a really fine line. Like, I don't care. So let me. Matt Fraser.

Joe Tepe:
Yeah.

Jason Ackerman:
Emails. You let him do his own thing or he's headed down the road.

Joe Tepe:
We'll talk. I mean, you won't be. Hey, you have like these hours to be able to do it. And then I'd love for you to jump in and do the class are like, hey, like we're using all the racks for it. If what you can do takes up the corner area. Sure. And I'll make some of those exceptions on a case by case basis. But without having an idea of what you're looking to do and what you're wanting to do in that in that open gym, it can be very tough. If we have 15 people, we're doing back squats out of the rack. The entire gym space is pretty much being used. Now, if it's running interval with pull ups, maybe and you come in handy the deadlift or I just need a row for intervals off to the side. Sure. Come on and use the rowwer for an hour or two hours, not knock it out. But I mean it's it's truly kind of trying to find out what their intentions are, what they're looking to be able to use, and then does it fit in with what we're doing? And does it does it affect the hour of the day of my members?

Jason Ackerman:
Most important, you know, I've heard Matt Fraser's a big listener, best hour of their day. So that's, you know, is like, hey, depending on what you're doing, you can drop in here.

Jason Ackerman:
I want to ask you specific questions about the strip Crossfit, Vegas. Yeah. This is unique to me, OK? Las Vegas is crazy.

Joe Tepe:
OK.

Jason Ackerman:
There was people up at midnight last night. Roz.

Joe Tepe:
Yeah,.

Jason Ackerman:
I wasted to drive. What's the average member do in Vegas here? Like, what are the members?

Joe Tepe:
I mean, our members, our location, we are close to the strip. Some 90, I should say 90. Price Seventy five percent of our members work somewhere on the strip. They either come before work or after work. They either work in a casino or one of this like businesses very close to the strip.

Jason Ackerman:
Do they complain about the smoke in the casino? Because that's a little for someone like me. I hate it.

Joe Tepe:
Yeah, women. Most of our members don't like. Like we don't have anybody that really works in nightlife. Like we have a couple like like nightclub people. People that work in nightclubs is like cocktail waitresses and VIP hosts and like restaurant servers and stuff like. But we only have one like like cards dealer,. So I mean,.

Jason Ackerman:
Have someone that does?

Joe Tepe:
Yeah. And I mean, he doesn't really complain about smoke or anything like that. But I mean, obviously there's different times where like during the World Series where you won't see him for like three weeks because he's working.

Jason Ackerman:
That the heroin right?

Joe Tepe:
At Rio over 30. But he'll work for 18 hours and then try to sleep for a little bit. Go right back into work. And I'm like, all right. Just put your membership on pause and we'll see in a month after it comes down for a little bit.

Jason Ackerman:
Do you have unique hours to accommodate the people that are working?

Joe Tepe:
I originally, when I thought of our hours that I thought, hey, like maybe a midnight class could work. And I was like like throwing around some different ideas like that. But at the end of the day, most people are pretty set to the same hours as every other gym. It's like 6:00 a.m.. Typically as early as you want to go and it starts dying off after the seven o'clock class. I could probably add in a maybe even go into a nine, but it would just bleed out the seven. Like I feel like most people would can get it or make it work in that time without extending further and further into the evening time.

Jason Ackerman:
There is a little bit of a push out there and the Crossfit, community to be open 24 hours a day.

Joe Tepe:
Yes, I did that, I I looked into it. But the I I am a very if and nobody here is kind of looking at the gym, but I'm a very OCD type person when it comes to how to treat the equipment.

Jason Ackerman:
Your gym, is very clean, how they organized, you put a way all of Roz's equipment.

Joe Tepe:
Yeah, we both did as she was laying on the floor now. Now she beat us in the workout. But I don't like. I mean, if I'm not here, I feel like people treat equipment differently. They're loading improperly on the bar. There's a bunch of tens on there. They're dropping stuff from overhead. And I mean, I'm very I don't I don't want people to be here without a coach.

I feel like I would be sitting on on my computer at home watching the security cameras and then coming in over the intercom saying, hey, like, please don't drop that dumbbell from overhead. And people be looking up and around, be like, where's this coming from? But I looked into it. I thought about it. I just didn't feel that that fit back into the hey, like Crossfit, is to be coached. And I mean, if you want to do your own like there's gyms that have open gym space, there's gyms that you can go in and like global gyms that have functional fitness areas now. I felt like, hey, they're paying a membership. They're paying for coaching. Let's provide the coaching. Let's show them why they should be here during a class, not just giving them extra hours to come in and back squat.

Jason Ackerman:
What is the greater Las Vegas Crossfit, community like? Are you guys supportive of one another?

Joe Tepe:
It's good. I mean, there's a lot of community events in terms of different workouts. Like there's another one that's coming up the end of this month called the Apollo Games, which I did last year with one of our other coaches. They're fun. I mean, it's I'll be honest, it's just like any other metropolitan type of city. I mean, as much as everybody is, like all people live here. Yes. Like there's doctors, there's bankers, there's like health, like there's like grocery stores. We don't all live in hotel rooms.

Jason Ackerman:
I drove in from and we landed in Boulder where we drive. Roz. We drove to Moab. We drove to the Grand Canyon. And we drove to here now. Yeah. And I was amazed that there's such a vast amount of land in the United States that, yes, not used empty. I mean, first of all, the Grand Canyon itself is the huge Roz and I walked almost the entire south rim and then driving here. It's just like land. But then all of a sudden you get to Vegas. Yeah. And it's like this city. And I was doing some research. It's like the twenty eighth biggest city in the country or the world even. But it is cool like you say, that this is a city, there's a Whole Foods is this. But it's in the middle of the desert.

Joe Tepe:
Yeah. No I get it every time I mean it. The number one question that I'm asked by a drop in is what do you have members now? Do you have members like you have members here like. Yes, people live in Vegas.

Jason Ackerman:
How many members do you have?

Joe Tepe:
One hundred and forty six. Last time I checked.

All right. So there's people listening in a box, owners. And, you know, they I've always told Bob Soto is if you have one hundred members like you're running a successful box yet, you're out here in Vegas for the hundred and forty seven members substantial me. Give me the one thing that this strip Crossfit, does. Well, that that's why your box is successful.

Joe Tepe:
I think that we're a very structured class from start to finish.

Jason Ackerman:
I like that you didn't community because every box with a community.

Joe Tepe:
That's not it, class structure class. Each of our coaches, I make them sit through a month of watching me coach a class and then I also make them then replicated the class after get them comfortable going through the progressions that everybody goes through a warm up that we all move through together that. It's not written on the board that the coach is there to coach and to guide the hour of the class. We get people from all over that. It will sometimes, like at the classes started 8 a.m., for instance, and they already have their box out there. They're there Wall Ball and everything already set up in their stations out the, wow wow that's at the end. Like, that's the last 15 minutes. We got forty five more minutes of making sure you're warm and stretching and open up everything. Like all like like usually we just kind of warm up ourselves and three, two, one, go at eight o'clock and I'm like, no, no. I mean a lot of that I got to take give credit to. I mean I was a member at Max Effort Zack Forrest to who's another Crossfit, HQ staff member and it was ingrained that hey like we all warm up together, we all move together, the coach leads and it just kind of that six years of having that kind of always, hey, nobody does it on their own. We all go through it together. We all warm up. And then it's the coach's job to make sure that the hour moves on that pace. So, I mean, I took a lot of those kind of things in terms of like going to replicate that and making sure that no matter if you came to the 6:00 a.m., the noon or the 5:00 p.m., that it was the same consistent workout, that there wasn't one coach doing a really good job. And the other ones kind of were kind of a free for all that. Everybody follows that same kind of template.

Jason Ackerman:
I love it. Roz Any questions for Joe while you're here?

Joe Tepe:
No. Dinner recommendation shows there.

Roz Glanfield:
I was just about to ask. Can you give me your top three favorite foodie spots?

Jason Ackerman:
So top three just in case you hear, Roz, ask Joe for his top three favorite food spots in Las Vegas,.

Joe Tepe:
In Las Vegas or on the Strip?

Roz Glanfield:
No, just in las Vegas.

Jason Ackerman:
The greater Las Vegas area so that we can go to, Joe. For the record. Fantastic recommendation last night going on. Yes. All you can eat sushi. Roz was hesitant. She doesn't like buffets.

Joe Tepe:
It's not buffet. You order everything off the menu. The dinner is amazing.

Jason Ackerman:
I miss I misspoke and she.

Roz Glanfield:
He told it was a me a buffet. And I was I don't do buffets.

Jason Ackerman:
There's a there's a there's a fine line. Buffets have kind of become the word signifying you can eat as much as you want. Correct. You know, and I posted that picture last night and tagged you in it because that was the Quintus had to Roz. I just said the quintessential picture of you. You're at a restaurant on your phone trying to figure out your macros because you want to find the perfect balance of a one to enjoy this. But I want to hit my numbers and I eat so much that I really had a hard time sleeping. That's how much I ate. I had 34 pieces of sushi.

Joe Tepe:
Tough. It's a big menu.

Jason Ackerman:
Yeah, it was. And the seaweed salad? Yeah, it was dull. It was great. Sushi. I got only. So I'd like to go back there and like we go back to my Roz.

Joe Tepe:
No, there's so many other good money issue that you can go to a different all.

Jason Ackerman:
You can eat this one fly circling away. That's like we're on radio, unfortunately. Like I said, our site liking the fly, but getting at, sir, this question, please. Three spots and we're gonna go to one tonight because.

Joe Tepe:
Pizza rock.

Jason Ackerman:
Im in,.

Joe Tepe:
They have.

Jason Ackerman:
I'm in, Roz,.

Joe Tepe:
Eight different eight different types of doze of pizzas. We go again and beers. I feel like craft beer.

Jason Ackerman:
We got to wait along.

Joe Tepe:
No, there's no way that most of that going on is just because it's a very small one. It's good. That's why I told you to go to that. One where you wouldn't have to wait.

Jason Ackerman:
And the Uber driver was like, how do you know about. Yeah. I was like, hey, my buddy Joe recommended it. Yeah. There's.

Joe Tepe:
There's other ones that are bigger, like in terms of like all you can eat sushi. They wouldn't have to wait, but that one's worth the wait. In terms of quality,.

Jason Ackerman:
Roz is Giving us the wrap it up.

Joe Tepe:
Yeah. Number. Two something on the strip. Mon Ami Gabi could be not necessarily straight for the food, but because they have the patio that overlooks the Bellagio Fountains

Jason Ackerman:
We went there last night.

Joe Tepe:
Awesome place. Just I mean, atmosphere wise, you can kind of watch kind of the fountains and relax outside as long as it's not 110 degrees outside. And then number three, the one that recommended to you, if you want a buffet on the strip, go back and all at Caesars.

Jason Ackerman:
I think the one you told us, we're going there tomorrow, right?

Joe Tepe:
Yeah, it is the one buffet that I mean. It's not put out in large portions. They reap. They refill it very quickly so that it's kind of fresh, more fresh food. And then if you want to get off the strip, I mean, there's a million different restaurants. What about it?

Jason Ackerman:
We're gonna go bacchanal tomorrow. Yeah. Pizza Rock tonight.

Joe Tepe:
There's multiple locations for pizza rock. So you can go to a couple of different ones. They're not far one downtown on the old strip and then there's one on in Green Valley, which is their original one.

Jason Ackerman:
Well, I love it. Hey Joe Another question last. Yeah, a book that you recommend. I always like to ask my guests for a book. They recommend it could be anything. I've had the bible from Greg Ahmanson all the way to my book. Yeah. No one has mentioned my book. You know it. Well, wait. Roz and I am having to look it up. We have on your eating the definitive guide to flexible eating rice. Put out a journal. So you guys can obviously check that Own Your Eating column. And of course, best hour of their day is set to hit bookshelves around the Internet in the near future. But do you have a book you recommend?

Joe Tepe:
I'll be honest, I haven't read a book since high school. I hate to say that. I just started trying to based on some of your podcasts, looking into other people's books. They recommended. Yeah. I'm a. I'm an articles guy. I've been like I've read and listened to a lot more stuff.

Jason Ackerman:
Give us one thing that you think the listeners should check out other than best out of there,.

Joe Tepe:
Other than best hour of there? I would say the active life being able to coach people through recovery if they get hurt. That's one of the best ones that I've found. I also spent quite a bit of time. I hate to say it, but on Crossfit, I'm going back through all the.

Jason Ackerman:
Don't hate that's Great.

Joe Tepe:
No, I mean, I know that's a generic kind of ploy to it, but it's one of my favorite things where I mean, especially just looking at how things have changed over the years with that and how teaching like the basics has still been the kind of base of what we're doing and what we're kind of bringing to people that are just checking out Crossfit, 13 years later,.

Jason Ackerman:
Hey,the basics work. I appreciate you letting us drop in. I appreciate you. I mean, on the pod cast.

Joe Tepe:
My first podcast.

Jason Ackerman:
Well, you did a great job. You did a great job. And I appreciate the food recommendation. So those that want to check out Joe, you can check out the strip Crossfit, on Instagram and be have a personal Instagram.

Joe Tepe:
Jay, T.P. LV is my personal. Yeah. Does strip Crossfit, I answer all the questions on there. If you were going to drop in or plan a time to Vegas,.

Jason Ackerman:
Hit a Vegas hit up the strip Crossfit,. You won't regret a beautiful box. Great guy. Thank you very much. Absolutely. Thank you. We got video.

Jason Ackerman:
We got a handshake. Yeah. And they were real back. For those of you that might have thought you were gonna tune out for Joe. Thought of something, Joe.

Joe Tepe:
The craziest thing enough like a drop ins ever done was we are getting ready for a workout and the guy brings out his giant roll of tape and starts rapping one of my bars with tape. And if you don't know how tough it is to take off tape, when you don't tape any of your bars, you're very up like.

Jason Ackerman:
That is rude.

Joe Tepe:
And that guy and it wasn't it wasn't a open workout. It wasn't a like named workout. It just happened to be a tows the bar workout. He's like, I don't do toes bar on a non tape bar. And I said, well, you're going to learn it today. Yeah, well he's got it written in Baghdad are ripping it back off the rig.

Joe Tepe:
But yeah, he was a he was a master's athlete actually top 200 in the world and he said I've never done tows the bar without a tape bar. And I said well we're going to learn it today. And that was the most awkward conversation with somebody about the way that they presented a workout. I guess you could say I love it.

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