I have a 750 square-foot studio that I just opened this year. I’m trying to find out where to get the least expensive and most efficient cardio and strength equipment. I have a TRX that accommodates up to seven and retainer plus free weights body weights etc. I would like to incorporate some heavier weights pulleys and at least two pieces of cardio appointment but my budget is limited and I don’t know where to start. I’m looking at the ultra glide I was wondering if anyone has used it in the facility. Leasing is another factor that I’m considering and was wondering if any trainers or studio owners have any companies that they recommend.
Like Dawn, I purchase from Perform Better. I’ve never bought large equipment from them (everything I train with has to be portable), but I buy my portable equipment from them frequently. I like that they can help you design your space.
I’ve gotten to know the folks at Iron Company and they’re a reputable supplier. They carry just about everything to outfit a gym.
I’ve also bought from OPTP and had good service.
What do you want to be able to do with a cable machine? If you want just a basic pulley system, try a CrossCore. Since you’ve already got TRX, you’ve got the way to hang a CrossCore. It’s not technically a cable machine, but it functions like one. You and I might have different needs – portability is critical to me and might not be as critical to you, although the ability to take it down and use the floor space for something else might attract you. Anyway, I hang a crosscore, attach a kettlebell or other weight, and I’ve got a cable machine that I can pull down on. We do this a frequently in my small group classes. If I want to pull up, I have to hang two CrossCores, one low and one high, and click the ropes together so that I have two pulleys. I don’t do it very often, but it can be done.