Hi Patricia. By now you probably have made whatever equipment purchases that you intended. I’d be curious as to what you purchased and how you made your decision? I wanted to weigh-in on your question here because I think that equipment purchase decisions come down to several factors. Perhaps the two biggest factors in my opinion are intended use (what kind of training will I be primarily performing) and unfortunately cost (what can I afford).
How did you ultimately decide your purchases?
I love Life Fitness when I use machines. If I had just one machine to work with it would have to be their Dual Adjustable Pulley with a vest and multiple handles. Very versatile. Takes up very little floor space. It’s a workhorse!
That being said I do very little training with machines and use mostly dumbbells, barbells, body weight, stability balls, TRX, BOSU, etc
When purchasing machines for your fitness establishment you want to consider multiple uses by multiple types of persons. I think that Free Motion has done it best in the versatility department by concentrating on functional motion. When it comes to cardio machines, you should step on them and try them out first to make sure its a good fit for YOUR clientele. I have a Cardiozone treadmill that isn’t fancy but it has a 22″ wide 62″ long belt and a 500 lbs weight capacity; I happen to train very obese individuals so its a great fit… for ME.