The point is that you can start a CrossFit gym with little or no money – or you can blow it out with 10,000 square feet and spend a ton.
Your choice. Here are a few tips we learned along the way.
Think first about the style of programming you will be doing before you open your gym. This will dictate the equipment you will need. More bodyweight and endurance? Then you may not need a huge CrossFit style rack for heavy lifting. Going to add in a strongman element? Then you will want to look at atlas stones, prowlers, tire and dog sleds. Make those decisions now to drive your buying decisions for gear.
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Basic CrossFit Equipment needed to start:
Gym mats – $100 to $1000 plus depending on how much area you want to cover. If you have concrete floors and just want to provide an area for mobility and sit-ups then the first number. Filling up a room then the latter. We bought a few horse stall mats ($22 each) and slowly built our floor out over time.
Pull up bars – You can make a simple pull up bar for next to nothing (PVC with webbing = $9) or you can spend $100 to $200 for a larger model. Eventually we spent $1200 for a Rogue Infinity Rack System as that gave us the ability to have lifting stations and pull ups and hang rings for dips and ring rows.
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Don’t try to make your own as that is a waste of time. You can pick up a good set of wooden rings for $50 to $65 from Muscledriver, Rogue Fitness or CFF wood Olympic rings. Rings are great as you can use them for dips, ring rows, pull ups and warming up. Get at least 1 set per 6 athletes and grow from there. We like the wooden rings best.
This is one piece of equipment that you can make yourself. Take an hour with a few friends and knock out a few boxes. Homeade boxes ($30 in wood) will wobble some. If your gym grows and you want a more professional box then you can go with the Rogue plyo boxes ($125) or CFF Wood Plyo Box. These boxes are CNC machine cut so less chance for wobble. You will need 2 or 3 of different sizes ($375)
We started out with one homeade wall ball (basketball filled with sand = $5) and then added one Dynamax medicine balls ($100 with shipping).
We never looked back and continued to add wall balls of all weights from 12 to 18 lbs. A back up is the Rage Fitness wall ball that we like also.
It is good to have a few durable jump ropes in the gym.
Expect to spend $12 to 20 on average and you will need 6 or so to start.
You can buy better more expensive jump ropes $25 to $45 but many athletes that are good at double unders will bring their own ropes.
Go ahead and spend the money ($250) for your first good barbell. The Rogue bars work fine. Get at least 1 JR bar (10 kg) and one aluminum training bar (5 kg). Make sure you buy the US built training bar. We have heard of gyms buying cheap Chinese training bars with poor quality and bearings. You can wait a little while on a nice Olympic barbell as most of your clients will not know the difference. Once you do by an Oly bar you will pay $350 to $850 for an Eleiko barbell.
Having good bumper plates will be a corner stone of any gym. There are a wide variety of plates so take your time picking them out. The Rogue Training Bumpers By Hi-temp are great. Some athletes really like the bumpers from Muscle Driver USA like the Pendlay economy plates. Try to find package deals, with free shipping (very important) and the bumper plates that are nice quality. Maybe there are cheaper one out there but always remember to calculate your cost per plate to your front door.
Clock Timer: At first we used our watch or timer on phone. Eventually our gym grew and we purchased a MDUSA Wall Timer for $150 to $250. This was a good purchase and it is working fine today. Go ahead and step up and get a good timer and you will know you spent good money on a item of value.
You will want to have a Concept2 Model D Rowing Machine.
You at least need to have one to start and add more as you get more clients.
You can probably hold off for a little while but eventually you will need to get a good quality GHD machine ($700). We like the OFW Glute Ham Developer GHD. Pick one that is stable and doesn’t rock. A good choice is the Legend GHD and also the Rogue Abram GHD. Those are solid.
You can start off with just a few kettle bells and slowly add more as you get more clients. If your short on space you can have more kettlebells and less barbells. It takes more room to use a barbell and they are more expensive. There are many lifts that you can do with the bells like swings, dead lifts, squats and more.
Dumbells: It is up to you on dumbbells as some CrossFit gyms have them and others don’t. Some coaches like to use them to scale barbell lifts and use for farmers walk carries. This is an item that you can buy used and paint if needed. Depending on how many you want expect to spend $100 to $500 or so.
Questions from athletes in our gym.
Question: How much does it cost to open a crossfit gym? Check out the info above.
Question: How much does a crossfit barbell cost? You can spend as little as $100 for a used barbell and on average $200 to $350 for a good barbell.
Question: How much does it cost to open a gym in texas? We just got back from an event in Texas and no surprise is that everything is big out there. The CrossFit gym we visited had a ton of space and was much cheaper than other areas like San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Denver and Miami. Depending on what gear you buy – that cost will stay the same compared to other metro areas. Your big savings in Texas will be in getting more space for less cost per square foot. Good luck with opening your gym in Texas.
How can I find out more info about CrossFit? Check out the website here: www.crossfit.com
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