What kind of equipment does one need to run a “perfect” gym? The topic of necessary gym equipment is one that often causes a lot of heated discussion amongst both gym-goers and gym owners.
Sure, the majority of gyms have specialized machines but the downside of these machines lies in the fact that they single out and focus on specific muscle groups. The thing about these machines is that they could more accurately be described as great-to-have, rather than must-have. With that in mind and without further ado, here are a couple of necessary sports equipment items that provide the best cost-to-value ratio to any gym as well as offer the best versatility.
1. Squats rack
The reason why a squat rack is such an important piece of gym equipment is that it’s simple, inexpensive, and versatile. What do we mean by versatile? Well, a squats rack can be used for squats, deadlifts, different types of free weight rows, and much, much more. Moreover, it’s a place where free-standing weights can be arranged.
According to experts behind CyberFit, the majority of squats racks can also be used as a pull-up or chin-up bar, while some even have extensions that allow them to be used for dips. When observed from this perspective, it becomes more than clear that a workout rack, a barbell, and some weights can provide you with an opportunity for a full-body workout.
While a bench for a bench press can come as a singular setup, a standalone bench is a more versatile solution. For instance, you can combine it with a half squat rack in order to improvise a bench press. Just because it’s improvised, this doesn’t make it any less efficient than the actual (specialized) setup. An adjustable bench can also be used for incline bench press, etc.
Then, you can use the bench on its own in order to do your biceps curls while sitting down. Bent-over dumbbell rows are probably the most iconic exercise for lower-back muscles. Needless to say, you need a workout bench to execute them properly. Alongside with squat rack, once you get a bench, you virtually have everything you need.
3. Dumbbells and kettlebells
We’ve mentioned multiple times that benches work great in combination with dumbbells. By combining them, you can work out your lower back muscles, your chest, your biceps, etc. On their own, they can be used to work on everything ranging from your biceps and triceps all the way to your oblique muscles.
Kettlebells are another inexpensive choice that takes a minuscule amount of space in your gym but provides your patrons with the ability to improve their workout regimen. There’s a whole new workout regimen, sometimes combining calisthenics and free weight workout. Overall, it’s a decision that you’re unlikely to regret.
4. Power tower
Another thing you need is a power tower. This is a piece of inexpensive equipment that will be useful for different muscle groups. Here, you can do dips, which work your chest and triceps. Chin-ups work your biceps (primarily) and back (secondarily), while pull-ups do your back (primarily) and biceps (secondarily). A power tower can also be used for different kinds of abs, especially those focusing on the lower area.
Lastly, the great thing about the power tower is that it’s incredibly frugal. Even more expensive versions are unlikely to dent your budget. Second, you have standalone or wall-mounted versions, which means that they can be easily adjusted to the available space in your gym. Overall, they offer you something that every gym desperately needs – options and versatility.
You want to provide your patrons with a chance to do some cardio at the gym. Ellipticals are so great for a number of reasons. A lot of people are there to lose weight, which means that a treadmill might be too hard on their joints while skipping rope (the most efficient and the cheapest alternative) would be even worse.
When properly maintained, ellipticals are silent, efficient, and fun. Modern gym-goers might also want to mount their smartphone there so that they can watch Netflix while working out. This will boost the efficiency of your gym, as well as increase its appeal to the most tech-savvy of your patrons. It’s a minor investment for a major value gain and, as such, it’s definitely worth it.
In the end, it’s not just about the budget. It’s also about the amount of space that you have and your ability to provide your patrons with a full-body workout regardless of how many people are at the gym. In that regard, it’s far better to have 5 squat racks, than 1 squat rack and 4 different (specialized) gym machines. As you expand, increase your budget, and move into a bigger space, you can reconsider and reevaluate this position.
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