Starting a CrossFit box can be complex, especially when looking at what equipment you’ll need to get started. In this article we look at outfitting your CrossFit Box – a guide on equipment.
One of the first challenges when you decide to start a CrossFit box, besides choosing a name, location and affiliating, is knowing what equipment you’ll need and where to get it from. Equipment forms the base from how you train members and the right equipment can have a huge impact on how well you run as a business.
When deciding what equipment you need, you have to start with what your goal is and how many members you want to cater for. You should cater for your start and potential growth without over-gearing yourself.
If you’re looking to start a new CrossFit box and only really want to stock the essentials, then this way allows you room to test out your programming and then order more equipment as your membership grows and as your programming matures. The risk here is that you’re ill equipped and don’t offer your members what they want and rightly need. Imagine a member not being able to participate in a session or having to limit demand based on equipment shortages. Make sure you can hold a full pre-planned session/class where every member has enough equipment as per workout requirements.
Essential Equipment List
* Pull-up Bars
* Squat Stands
* PVC Pipes
* Olympic Barbells
* Olympic Barbell Collars/Clamps
* Olympic Bar Holders
* Rubber Bumper Plates
* Fractional Weight Plates
* Gymnastics Rings
* Medicine Balls
* Foam Rollers
* Jump Ropes (unless your members use their own)
* Plyo Boxes
On the other hand, if your goal is to have a top-class and fully equipment facility with all the bells and whistles, then be sure of what you want and need. Chances are that you won’t use all that shiny new equipment from the start, but you will be sorted out for when you grow and your programming starts including all that different equipment. The key here is not to buy the wrong stuff that will go to waste. The other risk with buying too much too soon is that if it goes unused for too long, those funds could’ve been used in other areas of your business.
Additional Equipment List Considerations
* GHD Machines
* Technique Barbells (for younger or older athletes and for coaches in demonstrations)
* Concept2 Rowers
* Adjustable Benches
* Climbing Ropes
* Olympic Weightlifting Platforms
* Air Bikes
* Jerk Blocks
* Power Sleds
* Axle Bars
* Speciality Bars (Cambered and Safety Bars)
Where to Get the Best Quality and Priced Equipment for CrossFit
Once you’ve decided on what you need, you need to decide where to buy from. There are various equipment suppliers in South Africa, and most of them are new to the game of supplying quality equipment. You want to buy from a company that will service all your needs when starting on this venture – after all, your equipment is an asset to you and something you’ll need to invest in wisely.
Equipment Supplier Check List
* Find an equipment supplier who offers a large range of quality equipment at good prices.
* The range of products is important as well as the potential brands which that supplier may represent in South Africa. Top international brands will not have a new or insignificant company represent them.
* Establishment is important. Find out which equipment suppliers have been around the longest and who have been involved with the CrossFit community from the start. Companies who have been around the longest and who still service the community will likely have the best product knowledge, best quality products, best before and after sales service, and have shown that they are here to stay and are not just the ‘flashy’ new suppliers on the block.
* Service is also very important, so finding a company who has a good infrastructure and a team who have good product knowledge and who know the industry and are involved with CrossFit and other functional fitness sectors is important.
* Personalised assistance in compiling an equipment list is also something that a good equipment supplier will offer. Their goal should not be to sell you stuff you don’t need, but rather to help equip you correctly and to ensure that you get what you need and the right quantities from the start.
* Preferential pricing should be an option. A trend started by REBEL Elite Fitness (a leading supplier of functional fitness equipment) in South Africa was to offer CrossFit boxes and gym/training facilities preferential pricing to help grow the industry. Equipment suppliers should offer this preferential pricing, growing their relationship with you and the community at large.
When looking at all the above, one company in South Africa stands head and shoulders above the rest… REBEL Elite Fitness! Anyone who knows anything about CrossFit or functional fitness in South Africa will tell you that REBEL Elite Fitness was involved with CrossFit in South Africa from its inception; from supplying the first lot of equipment to the first CrossFit boxes to supporting the first CrossFit Africa Regional held in Johannesburg. Check them out on www.rebelstore.co.za – you’ll be pleased you did!