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Old 03-25-2009, 06:58 AM   #1
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number of clients per square feet

i searched for something along these lines but didn't find anything.

i am working on a business plan for an affiliate. i am a trying to figure out how many people one can feasibily train at one time given a specific square footage of space, or how many clients one could expect to accomodate throughout the day.

if anyone is willing to share, i would be interested to know:

how many members does your affiliate have in total,?
how many at each class at any given time?
and the total square footage of your box?

thanks.
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Old 03-25-2009, 07:02 AM   #2
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Re: number of clients per square feet

i refined my search and was able to find some threads on this topic.
but if anyone is willing to share this info, that would be great. thanks.
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Old 03-25-2009, 08:15 AM   #3
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Re: number of clients per square feet

You should think about:
What types of workouts you will do - e.g. mostly dumbbells, or main site WOD, or make your own, etc.
How many people will your pullup bar hold
How many rowers, GHDs, squat stations you will have

I did some estimates once and I think a 10x12 space could hold everything a crossfitter would need to do main site WODs, save for GHD and rower. This included pullup bar & rings, o lift platform/bar/weights and accessories.

If you do the main site WOD you limit your max class size by pieces of equipment.

If you make your own WODs your class size is limited by the number of stations you can create.

Using dumbbells, medballs, and other portable implements allows for dynamic station setup and larger class size. Use of squat stands, pullup bar, GHD, or rower limits class size.

At this point the discussion becomes one of quality vs. quantity. At what point does the quality of the programming suffer because the class size is so large as to exclude certain exercises? You might think this would be a great problem to have but it is a challenge to providing good service and keeping the class size large.

On the other hand, most of your clients can get a fine workout using dumbbells, medballs, parallettes, empty o bars, and their body weight. However, you would exclude the highest performing athletes because they could get a better workout following main site WODs in their basement.

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Old 03-25-2009, 08:40 AM   #4
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Re: number of clients per square feet

10 square foot per person is a good figure to work with.
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Old 03-25-2009, 09:19 AM   #5
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Re: number of clients per square feet

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10 square foot per person is a good figure to work with.
Seriously? You sure you don't mean 100sf (10'x10')?
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Old 03-25-2009, 09:36 AM   #6
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Seriously? You sure you don't mean 100sf (10'x10')?

Yes that is what I meant to say, 100sf. Thanks for catching it.
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Old 03-25-2009, 11:55 AM   #7
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Re: number of clients per square feet

I heard Andy at CrossFit LA had 300 clients in a 1600 sq ft space. Others have much less in places over 4 times that large.

The official answer is depends.

How smart can you be with your space. Do you have outside area that can be utilized. Is space more economical than area like LA.
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Old 03-25-2009, 01:31 PM   #8
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Re: number of clients per square feet

Don't forget that you can have people train in "rounds" too. So if you have 30 people and only room for 15 to work out at a time, split it up into 2 groups.
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Old 03-25-2009, 02:07 PM   #9
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Re: number of clients per square feet

100 sq ft per person would be the limit of a class (for me would be around 13-15 based on sq footage of training space...)

But 10 or so square feet per person for limit of enrolled students sounds pretty close. I was thinking 200 would be my MAX for my 1500 sq ft, but 150 would be comfortable.
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