What should I do if I have non-CrossFit contractor trainers?

There are a couple things to know when having non-CrossFit trainers conduct classes.

  • Are the classes going to be offered by your business, or will you be leasing space to these trainers for their own operations? 
    • If these trainers are leasing space for their own operations, then your policy does not extend coverage to them. They would need their own policy in place, and we recommend having your business named as an Additional Insured on their policy. 
    • If the class/service is being offered under your operations, as long as the offerings are within the CrossFit RRG guidelines, then your business is covered in the event of a lawsuit. However, the trainer may or may not be covered, should they be individually named in a lawsuit. 

The safest way to conduct business with non-CrossFit trainers is to require they purchase their own coverage. This protects your business from their operations and provides an additional level of comfort should there be a claim unrelated to your business.




If you are considering adding some non-CrossFit services or classes to your offerings, we need to know a bit more about what you are planning. Will these services be offered by your company, or will you be leasing out some of your location space to another trainer or entity for their own operations?

  • If the additional services are being offered as part your company's operations, as long as the offerings are within the CrossFit RRG guidelines, your business is covered by your CrossFit RRG Liability policy in the event of a lawsuit.  However, the policy may or may not extend to the trainer who is teaching the class should they be individually named in a lawsuit.
    • If the trainer is a CrossFit Level 1 or higher certificate holder or is a W-2 employee of your company, this policy will provide them coverage if they are individually named.
    • If the trainer is an Independent Contractor and not at least a CrossFit Level 1 certificate holder, they need to have their own policy in place.  
  • If these additional classes are not being provided as part of the operations of your CrossFit Affiliate, we recommend that your company be named as Additional Insured on the subleasing trainer's/entity's policy in order to protect your business from their operations.  It's also important to consider a Sublease or Independent Contractor Agreement. This agreement should specify responsibility for common areas, including the parking lot.  You can access a sample Independent Contractor Agreement here.  There is a video on our YouTube page that may also be helpful as you consider this arrangement.  We recommend that you review the agreement you plan to use with your local attorney in order to address any laws in your area.
    • The safest way to conduct business with non-CrossFit trainers is to require they purchase their own coverage. This protects your business from their operations and provides an additional level of comfort should there be a claim unrelated to your business.

As part of your hiring practices, we advise implementing background checks.   You can access our background check service by completing the application here.  This should only take about 5 minutes to complete.

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