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.
You could actually keep it very simple and low in cost if you can get away with some kettlebells, a couple of battling ropes, some jump ropes, one or two sledges (if you need to have them), a couple of pull-up bars mounted on the walls, some plates and a few free weights (these are optional). Since you already have enough TRX at your gym these equipment should be more than plenty (in my opinion) to create some challenging and dynamic workouts. As for cardio equipment a couple of Concept 2 rowing machines should do the trick. All of the above should not cost you more than $3000. Your space is not that big and the last thing you want is to make it look smaller by adding some big cardio or other weight equipment. It will take some creativity but it will bring in some good revenue with just these few pieces of equipment. All of the above you can search and find them on Craigslist, stores that sell second hand equipment, from gyms that are closing or updating their equipment or apartment complexes that are looking to get rid of some of their current cardio and strength equipment.
I have created large classes with even less equipment from what I have suggested above. Again, this is only my opinion. I hope this helps.