What’s in Your Layout?


Being busy running your own business, you might not get to visit as many other Boxes as you’d like.

Questions like, “How do they do layout?” or “What features make them unique?” might cross your mind when you’re moving around stuff in your own gym to make space for a new piece of equipment. Or, perhaps you’re expanding and wish you knew what others were up to.

Here, six owners open up their gyms and reveal the layout of their spaces, showcasing what makes them unique, how they think about flow and what is important when it comes to laying out their gyms:

North Rim CrossFit in Chico, California
Ryan Hignell, Owner

“We have 7,500 square feet with a dedicated childcare facility, as well as a side/overflow room for specialty classes. This allows us to run multiple classes at one time. We also have two 14-foot-wide Big Ass Fans for keeping air moving in the gym during the hot summer months. We even have a rig outside for when the weather is nice. The wood wall in the photos is also unique to our gym. It provides more of an ‘at home’ feel despite keeping the rustic warehouse vibe that most CrossFitters are used to.”

CrossFit Fenway in Boston, Massacusetts
Molly Abgarian, Manager

“CrossFit Fenway’s proximity to Fenway Park in Boston makes this space very unique. Our 400-meter run offers members, as well as others dropping in, a view of historic Yawkey Way. Boston’s reputation as a thriving college city means many university students also enjoy coming to CrossFit Fenway.”

CrossFit Sanitas in Boulder, Colorado
Tom Baker, Manager

Standout features at CrossFit Sanitas include the sled push track and a cold-plunge pool, as well as a multitude of other equipment options: “Space isn’t wasted, either. It’s a home for beginner weightlifting, rowers and bodyweight movements. Then spend fives minutes in the cold plunge pool to flush out the soreness immediately.

“Advice on space layout: Get the largest rig you can. Push it to the side so you have a large open floor plan, then attach rings and ropes for added fun and to save space. No one wants to wait for a pull-up bar. And don’t forget a cozy place to hangout after WODs.”

CrossFit Grandview in Columbus, Ohio
Brandon Couden, Owner

“CrossFit Grandview, located in the heart of Columbus, Ohio, is a 10,000-square-foot facility and is home to over 500 members. In 2012, it was moved and rebranded from its original location, which had been operated as the original Rogue Fitness Affiliate. With roots over 10 years old, this gym has a character and feel to it you won’t find in newer Affiliates. Fourteen sets of high rings and eight 16-foot ropes highlight a 7,500-square-foot training floor. The facility also features an impressive staffed retail store called, ‘The Athletes’ Corner.’”

Urban MVMNT in Charlotte, North Carolina
Stuart Brauer, Founder

“The most obvious feature that makes us unique in our market, simply put, is our branding and company name. In a sea of ‘CrossFit Xs’ we are able to avoid the brand confusion around CrossFit right from the start. Our location also has elements that cannot be found elsewhere: an in-house coffee shop — SouthEnd Grind — a co-op working lounge with free WiFi, a spin studio called Ride or Die Spin, private showers/restrooms with towel service, and an on-site physical therapist for any impairments, old injuries, etc. This allows for us to become much more than just a gym.”

TREBEL School of Fitness in Blacksburg, Virginia
Carol Beliveau, Owner

“Organization and cleanliness are two keys to success in your professional training practice. One of the most important aspects of creating an organized environment for success is having your clients understand precisely how to set up on your training floor. Our practice uses staggered colored tape on the flooring where each athletes stays and trains with their equipment.

“This tape gives the athlete a precise visual space in which to train to reduce the risk of injury to themselves and to other athletes and Coaches around them. This set up also helps the Coach to move around the space and see movements from each athlete and give corrections/comments.

“Our squat rack system also allows athletes to train in a ‘lane.’ Think of the bowling alley — each person stays in their lane with their equipment. This provides a safety zone for everyone and much better organization of equipment and management of large groups of athletes.

“Finally, cleanliness and organization are critical to success inside your facility. Make a list of tasks that must be completed weekly to keep your space looking top notch.”

Heather is the editor for Box Pro Magazine. Contact her at heather@peakemedia.com.