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By Jerry C.
From Cathedral City, Ca
Sep 12, 2012

Just curious if anyone has an idea of what the average enrollment size is for a climbing gym.


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By Andy Laakmann
Site Landlord
From Bend, OR
Sep 13, 2012
Racked and loaded... name that splitter behind me? Hint, its on Supercrack Buttress

The short answer is.... it depends!

There are gyms with 3000+ members, and gyms with 30 members. Seriously. Every climbing gym is a totally unique market. Some gyms make 80% of their money on day passes and birthday parties and have very few members. And others make 90% of the revenue on memberships.

I'd say the average sits around 300 or so, but that average is really meaningless.

If you are thinking about a gym in the Palm Springs area... there are some challenges. Gyms draw their clientele from a 20 minute radius of middle and upper middle class folks between the ages of 20-45, and that area has a BIG sprawl without a high concentration of the target demographic.

(BTW - I develop the main software running almost all major climbing gyms in North America... www.rockgympro.com . Thus I'm not just blowing smoke. I spend my life talking to gym owners).


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By Jerry C.
From Cathedral City, Ca
Sep 13, 2012

Thanks, just curious what kind of numbers these gyms make.


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By Andy Laakmann
Site Landlord
From Bend, OR
Sep 13, 2012
Racked and loaded... name that splitter behind me? Hint, its on Supercrack Buttress

You mean revenue? So gyms gross less than $100k per year and others more than $3,000,000 per year.

It all depends.

But one things holds true: the gyms that do the best are run by individuals who excel at business and customer service skills.

Running an profitable climbing gym is hard, far harder and far costlier than most people realize. Climbers who have access to a profitable and well-run gym should consider themselves lucky.


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By Unassigned User
Sep 13, 2012

Here is a similiar question, what is a normal rate that you guys pay for gym membership?

I look at 120 for a 3 month enrollment. Or 17 dollars a day at our brand new gym in town, 650 for a year.

sbrockgym.com/rates

Just curious if these are normal prices/low prices/high prices.


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By Andy Laakmann
Site Landlord
From Bend, OR
Sep 13, 2012
Racked and loaded... name that splitter behind me? Hint, its on Supercrack Buttress

Absolutely normal prices for a nice gym. Those are on the lower side for exceptional gyms.


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By Unassigned User
Sep 13, 2012

Thats awesome. The new one in Santa Barbara is supposed to be better than Vertical Heaven in Ventura.

I have not yet climbed at either but from what I have heard they are pretty awesome.


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By Jeremy Hand
Sep 13, 2012
slopey

12$ boulder day pass 15$all inclusive day pass $66/month $59/month student $45 EFT $545/yr $480/yr student


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By Brian Allen
From Palm Desert
Sep 16, 2012

I for one would love a Coachella valley gym but I agree with the comments above about the lack of a dense population.

It's been a thought in the back of my mind but I'd be doing it for the wrong reasons. Maybe up near the 10 and Monteray near those new business parks? Location would be tough call in the desert.

Brian


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By 20 kN
From Hawaii
Sep 16, 2012

I wonder how many members the Earth Treks gym in Rockville, MD has. They charge an outlandish $20 a day or $100 a month (plus initiation fee) to climb there. I guess the residents of MD are really desperate to climb.


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By Stickygreens
Sep 16, 2012

Joining with a partner cost my partner and I about 450$ each a year, great gym with over 120feet of vert climbing


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By Greg Springer
From Minneapolis
Oct 10, 2012
Friends big puppy

$380/year ($589 when not on promotion) for a rope+bouldering gym with minimal workout machines/weights. I'm not sure of the enrollment for this gym, there are a few locations and it's the only total climbing gym in town.


$380/year ($380/year when not on promotion) for a bouldering coop with barebones workout machines/weights/ropes. There are something like 100 active yearlong memberships to the coop


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