A large part of Caleb Ball’s equipment buying process when he first opened Pale Horse CrossFit was visiting other Affiliate’s Boxes.
“Good things came from that and bad things came from that,” said the owner of the Box in Charleston, South Carolina. “I definitely got ideas on how to improve the functionality of the gym on layout and how much equipment could fit in what kind of space I had, but the negative side to that is I took other people’s ideas when maybe I should have gone on my own.”
For example, every gym he went to only had a couple GHDs. He soon realized no one ever used them in workouts because they simply didn’t have enough.
The biggest thing Ball found when it comes to buying equipment is to determine what kind of gym you want to be and go from there. Once you’ve decided what you want, then comes figuring out where to buy it from. Christian Sciarrino, the CEO of Christian’s Fitness Factory, explained the most important factor when deciding whom to buy from is to determine if they are looking out for your best interest. “There is a big difference between a company that is just trying to sell as much as they can and a company that is trying to get you only what you need, as well as make suggestions along the way to save you money,” he said.
Red flags to look for in the buying process range from deals that seem too good to be true or if a company is difficult to reach. Plus, Sciarrino said to watch out for bad reviews.
Sciarrino also said you can tell a lot from how involved a company is in the manufacturing process, as well as if their packaging is crappy and how fast they are able to ship.
Ultimately, Sciarrino advised to partner with a company that is looking to serve you, the client. “If a company really cares about your best interest, they will put you first and everything else will fall into place,” he said.