Location can make or break your competition and it really comes down to two questions: 1) Do it in house or at an alternate location? 2) Do it inside or outside? We’ve made this decision process pretty simple for you in the chart below.
In-House vs. Alternate Location
Logistically speaking, in-house is always easier, carries less risk, and is the cheapest option. It’s your home turf that you are in every single day. Your equipment is there and you are familiar with calling logistical audibles on a daily basis. On the other hand, there are two very good reasons to look elsewhere – you need more space or you found an amazing location that will take your comp to the next level!
While alternate locations are sometimes necessary, they add logistical and financial complications. Shuttling equipment to and from, paying rent for the space, and many times incurring extra insurance charges are just the tip of the iceberg.
We have a two rules of thumb you should use.
- If it’s your first competition, eliminate risk, start small, and use your own gym. If it’s not big enough, make sure the finances work out for an aternate place and hire a pro. Seriously, it’ll be well worth having someone run the show for you if your first comp is offsite.
- If you have an existing competition and have become quite the pro, only go offsite if you absolutely have to. If you’ve outgrown your space or want to level up a bit, then go for it…as long as the finances make sense of course!
It’s as simple as that!
Indoors vs. Outdoors
We have seen some absolutely AMAZING outdoor competitions. Think beaches, ranches, mountain tops, and outdoor stadiums. Honestly, it was the locations that made the events! BUT…the weather doesn’t always cooperate and that can be an absolute nightmare – pouring rains, absurd heat, high winds, and even thick fog. If you roll the dice and go with the outside route, you must prepare for the worst. Keep in mind this can sometimes come at a cost – e.g. renting a huge tent to cover your competition area. At the very least, it adds one more thing to your plate.
The rule of thumb here is quite straightforward—unless outside will absolutely take your competition to the next level, don’t do it!