When you have decided to open your own gym, it is essential that you take the time to choose the right sort of equipment. It is important to remember that you are not only shopping for yourself, you’re shopping for your future patrons who will come to you to workout. In this article, we have outlined some of our favourite tips for choosing commercial gym equipment.
- Determine your space limitations
It is important to remember that a lot of your gym will be taken up with non-equipment areas (such as lobbies, office, bathrooms and utility rooms). If you’re a franchisee, it’s also important to note that your franchiser may have set up standards that you must follow for how much room these features are required to take up.
- Choose your equipment mix
Once you know how much space you have to work with, it’s time to start looking at the equipment you wish to provide. In many gyms, it tends to be split between 47% strength, 33% cardio and 20% group pieces. If you’re a franchisee, you may have specific rules on how much space you need to devote to each of these areas.
- Visualise your gym
To get an idea of what commercial gym equipment you could invest in, it’s a good idea to visualise your space. Whether you draw a birds eye view on a sheet of paper or whether you use software that allows you to create different floor plans, this can give you an idea of where everything can be placed in order to create the best flow.
- Determine financing or leasing
You need to decide whether you will purchase the equipment outright or whether you will lease it. There are pros and cons to each option, so it is important to weigh them against the needs of your gym. When renting, you can upgrade whenever you like, for example, whilst owning the pieces gives you freedom to use them as you like.
- Consider maintenance and warranties
When you’re investing large amounts of time and money in your equipment choices, you want to ensure that they’re going to withstand the tests of time and consistent usage. This is why it is important to consider how the pieces are going to be maintained and whether they’re covered by a warranty (and, if so, how long it is).
- Determine whether you will network
You will find that offering a networked cardio workout experience is not only beneficial to your patrons, it is beneficial to you. Having a cloud-based platform that patrons can use to keep track of their workouts can keep them motivated, encouraging them to hit the gym on a regular basis and even invite others to join them.
We hope that you found the information and tips provided above useful in choosing commercial gym equipment. At the end of the day, it is important to think about the kinds of workouts and goals that your future patrons may have – this will provide you with plenty of hints as to what you should invest in. And don’t hesitate to seek advice or assistance when required.