My preference would be to start out with limited, but versatile equipment. I started my business with jump ropes, adjustable steps, dumbbells, adjustable dumbbells, pull-up bar, bands of all different resistance amounts, a suspension trainer, cones for different types of drills, an exercise ball, a ten pound medicine ball, a small bench, etc. Total start-up costs of under $1,000.
If funding pressures are less for you…you have more options and more decisions to make. Best of luck to you with your new venture!
You should start by deciding how much you have to invest initially and then search out equipment that will allow you to do at least the basic exercises that you want to have clients do. I teach CECs for Fitness Pros, but I am not a serious business person so I don’t teach business exactly. I do include some information on equipment purchasing and selection, along with my experiences with starting and restarting businesses. Anyone wanting to discuss this type of topic is welcome to get in touch with me through my website, www.hawaiifitnessacademy.com . I wouldn’t mind answering a few questions and providing a little moral support.
I agree that there is still not enough information here. It depends on your budget, your clientele, the size of the studio and the type of training you or your trainers will be providing. You can have a studio with very few equipment up to a number of free weights, machines and other functional training equipment.
If you can provide more specific information we might be able to give you better answers.