Whether you are planning on opening a gym business or simply dream of having your own gym at home, determining which equipment to invest in can be confusing, frustrating even.
One reason behind that is the constant evolution of the fitness industry. As the years go by, new fitness trends appear. And alongside these, new exercise tools and equipment emerge in the market.
Fortunately, gym essentials remain constant. Some equipment has stood the test of time (and fitness trends) simply because they deliver what they promise.
Here’s a brief list of the gym equipment you may want to add to your shopping list.
For resistance training
Resistance training is a type of exercise that uses resistance (in the form of dumbbells and barbells, bands, bodyweight, kettlebells, etc.) to contract the targeted muscles. The end goal of this training is to strengthen and, in most cases, to increase and tone muscles.
Dumbbells and barbells
Barbells and dumbbells are your quintessential strength training tools. And for a good reason — they actually work!
With a set of barbells and dumbbells, one can train almost every part of the body. These come in a variety of weights, sizes, and shapes, making them accessible for newbies and challenging enough for more advanced exercisers.
Kettlebells are similar to dumbbells in a couple of ways. For starters, they come in a variety of weights; that is, light to heavy. Second, they can be used to train practically the whole body. Although kettlebells have been around for quite some time, these resistance training equipment have risen in popularity in recent years.
A pull-up bar is used primarily to train the back muscles. However, it can also be used for training the core muscles. This essential equipment can provide a challenging workout for people of different fitness levels — from those who are just starting out to those who have achieved elite level fitness.
Benches, squat racks, and functional trainers
Benches are used to perform a wide variety of exercises, including those that target the shoulder and chest muscles. Squat racks, on the other hand, are used for exercises that target the leg muscles.
Functional trainers like the Force USA – Monster G9 enables people to perform a wide variety of exercises, from the chest and back to leg exercises. This equipment’s versatility makes it a welcome addition to just about any gym.
For cardiovascular training
Compared to resistance or strength training, the goal of cardiovascular training is to exercise the vital parts of your respiratory and circulatory systems, specifically, the heart and the lungs.
Although running has achieved some sort of renaissance during the last few years, treadmills have remained popular.
One reason behind that is that you can get a solid cardio workout no matter what the weather or season is outside. Second, you can get an easy warm-up or a challenging workout with just a few adjustments on this machine.
Running can be jarring to the joints. This is why some people prefer to ride a stationary bike instead of running outside or on a treadmill.
Rowers or rowing machines are another popular fitness equipment. Unlike the stationary bike and the treadmill which rely mostly on the legs, the rowing machine targets the back, chest, arms, and legs.
Putting cardio and strength training together
A good exercise regimen will seamlessly combine both cardio and resistance training, leading to a healthier, fitter body. That is essential, whether you are trying to shed a few extra pounds or trying to get into your ideal shape.
Which equipment should you get?
This will depend on a few factors, including your available budget and space. At the very least, invest in strength training equipment and at least one cardio machine.
Look into even the trendiest or the oldest gyms currently around, and you will surely find these types of equipment in there. Trends may come and go, but these essentials remain on top of the list of equipment used by people with different exercise goals.
When putting a gym together, keep these types of equipment on top of your shopping list. You and your clients can implement a wide variety of exercises and fitness programs with these. From there, you can add new pieces of equipment to reflect your desire to follow new trends or to ramp up the physical challenges offered in your gym.
Kelvin Garner is the owner of Garner General Trading, a one-stop solution for all fitness needs in the UAE. The Garner team have put many years into sourcing a high-quality and affordable range of home and commercial gym equipment. From selecting the right equipment for your personal needs and space available to the professional setup in your home, Garner General Trading is there each step of the way.