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Old 12-24-2006, 06:57 AM   #1
Michael Halbfish
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I'm curious about people's experiences.

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Old 12-26-2006, 11:46 AM   #2
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This question to CF affiliates is going to receive an enormous range of responses. Some have started as garage gyms with little to no equipment, others have already had fully equipped facilities, others (few if any) started with a significant initial investment.

So, depending on how you go about it I'd say somewhere between $500 and $40,000.

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Old 01-01-2007, 09:50 PM   #3
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Roger, thanks for narrowing it down for all of us. :bolt:
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Old 01-02-2007, 07:49 AM   #4
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Michael, I went into existing facilities; both were physical therapy centers with some extra floor space I could use.
I brought in my own kettlebells, Oly equipment, weight sleds, rings, etc.
Overall, it was probably under $2000.
Hope that helps.
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Old 01-02-2007, 09:49 AM   #5
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We've invested $14,500 thus far.
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Old 01-25-2007, 09:12 PM   #6
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From my post in another thread:

Our startup costs:

Rent: $1100/mo (1000sq ft.)
Util: $200/mo
Misc: $100/mo

Capital Costs:
Mats: $1000 (stall mats)
Oly set: $375ea (wichitafalls)
Cage (w/bar & plates): $275 (craigslist)
Rings: $60
Med balls: $5 ea (home made)
Rope: $50
Oly platform: $100 (5 sheets of plywood)
Glute Ham: $100
Rubber hex dumbells: $1 per pound (50's, 35's, 20's - Playitagain)
Misc equip: $200

Next: pull up bar station.
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Old 01-25-2007, 09:40 PM   #7
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Roger....thanks for your post. I now have a great handle on our new facility's budget:showoff:
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Old 01-26-2007, 08:23 AM   #8
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Most of the equipment requirement is going to be based on the number of people you are training. The incremental need to add equipment based on class size and content is yours to determine. If you are are doing private training, then the equipment requirement is a lot lower. If you have 20 plus person classes, then their is a need for A LOT of redundancy.

My equipment requirement was large due to being a class driven model. If you begin to have significant numbers in classes the equipment requirement increase. It is one of the major weaknesses to the class driven model.

Before you think about equipment and square footage, think about how you are going to implement the training.

Here is our initial list of equipment for our facility. Some of the numbers changes and have since added equipment due to class size and requirements. The prices do not incorporate shipping or affiliate discounts from suppliers.

I have made a littany of mistakes. I hope you can avoid them. You can go to our blog and check the evoluiton of equipement used, needed and how it is actually applied in training. No matter what you can make due with what you have and some creativite.

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Old 01-26-2007, 06:23 PM   #9
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What no price for the kick stereo system??

Funny how flooring is the most expensive single item.

Doug provides an excellent outline...of course you buy for your needs and numbers. You can get alot done with just some dumbbells, pullup bar, basketballs filled with sand, creativity and Coach Rut's dumbbell moves DVD.
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Old 01-26-2007, 07:14 PM   #10
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It differs a little from the original model I sent you. The 5k for the stereo was replaced with an Ipod docking station with plenty of power.

The numbers there were my forecast for worst case scenario. Equipment constrait changes the content to a lot of workouts. Especially if I am trying to implement one of the benchmarks.

Side Note: It also didn't include the 2k sqft of Zebra mats, focus mits, tombstone and kicking shields. All of which have been thus far a black hole which provides negative cash flow. (Very pleasing) On top of that, our grappeling instructor is out getting a kneee surgery and down for the forseeable future.

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