One of the first problems faced by those who decide to open a Box is what equipment to buy and how arrange it in the space available. We do not want to go into which supplier is better but it is undoubted that the old saying "who more spends, less spends" is more than ever valid.
The price of a product is not only due to its manufacturing or design, which are still two factors of extreme importance, but also to everything that is behind such as after-sales assistance, advice from the seller in helping you choosing the most suitable equipment as well as the availability in stock of the goods ordered or the conditions of payment. This is why to evaluate a product is not enough to stop at the price but it is important to understand what actually services the supplier offers us for money that we’re going to pay.
In any case, before deciding, it would be a good idea to visit some boxes already equipped with that specific brand and try the equipment by yourself. Yes, just make a Drop-in, test in person all what you think will be part of the endowment of your box, have a frank chat with the box Owner and be told how he found himself with that company. You'll discover hidden sides of the trade in CrossFit equipment for that you not even figure out and you will understand alone to whom to turn for the final choice while having in many cases incur a slightly higher cost..
Use your imagination to figure out how to arrange everything you've bought and organize spaces so that you can make perform easily and safely the WODs
As for the address of the layout of the Box, for example on how to arrange the rig or how to organize the warn-up area or other similar things, keep in mind that apart the rig, that once placed is a problem to move all the times, a Box is like a TV studio, where everything finds different places depending on the periods of the year, the development of the community and the habits of the people who will change as the Box grows.
So use your imagination to figure out how to arrange everything you've bought and organize spaces so that you can make a WOD for the number of people you've thought is the maximum of each class. Obviously this same number, indicative, will be the starting point to organize the equipment so, for example, decide how many barbells and what type to buy, how many bumpers of 5, 10, 20Kgs etc.
Always keep in mind that, at least at the beginning, almost none of the fellows at the Box will be able to handle loads particularly high, then adjust your choice accordingly and do not be like those that fitted the box with 10 pairs of 25Kg bumpers and only two by 5. Ok, we’re exaggerating, but it happened too often to see boxes sized on the trainers and not on customers. In any case, your supplier should be able to advise you in the best way, also helping you to choose and size the equipment, if you have already decided by how many people will be composed a standard class of your Box.
The advice is not to exaggerate with the number of people, both because at the beginning, except for rare cases, you will not have the box immediately full and it is better to have a complete assortment of tools rather than a large quantity of few things. Better having a single rower and an assault bike, rather than tens of handlebars of all sizes.
If you are already an expert trainer, which in theory should be the norm, draw to your experience to understand how to size the equipment and especially how to organize the layout of the box since, class after class, you should have understood from you what are the typical problems related to the exploitation of the space of your box and its consequent layout.
Among other things, the address on layout is not only about the arrangement of equipment in the area used for WOD but also to the disposition of people so that everyone has their own workspace without interfering dangerously with the others. Very often in fact it happens that the elements of a class tend to distribute themselves in a random way without unfortunately thinking to possible dangers caused to themselves and the others. It is your task to prevent these behaviors both educating people, either checking or suggesting their disposition.
All this reasoning then turns into a number that will be the amount of money you'll have to invest to buy everything you need and that will impact your business plan under investment, or Capex if you want to define them with the appropriate term. Just to clarify let us explain things like we would do to a 4 year old: investments are all those expenses that serve to start a business or to support their development. Among them we can for example place the expenses incurred to adapt the room where the box is located, the equipment, the furnishings, the plants and in general everything that once paid does not generate more costs If not maintenance ones. Is a boiler an investment? Yes. A set of barbells? Also.
It is important to make this distinction because in theory the money invested should at some point return to the pockets of those who made it available because an investment is always made in order to earn a profit. Think about it, if you borrow 50K Euros from me, I expect you to return it to me within a certain time with a certain interest so investing that money in your Box I do nothing but put it in the condition of getting a profit. I mean, money must work. The same reasoning you will have to do it, whether it should return the money to someone, or even to yourself. If you are unable to predict how and in what time recover your investment, you are definitely starting off on the wrong foot. In fact at this point we should introduce new characters in history, called depreciation, but for the purpose of a proto business plan, for the time being, we do not consider that they exist.
And you've already made your investment plan before opening the box? And have you already evaluated and calculated how long it will take you to recover the invested capital and in what way?
Opening a Box Part. 02 was last modified: January 1st, 2018 by Wonderwod