Hello Again Laura,
There is no “best” of anything however, have you attended IHRSA? This would be a good starting point to see what brands and type of equipment you like and what fits your business model.
I Hope This Helps,
I think it depends on your clientele and budget.
Here’s an article which details some basics. The rest will depend on your budget and clientele.
this is still not very specific. I am just making the assumption that it is personal training only with 2 or 3 trainers.
You should have two pieces of cardio equipment. I would go with one treadmill and one elliptical.
For strength, you will need dumbbells and a rack to put them on, 2 sets of 2 up to 15 pounds and 1 set up to …. depends on the clientele. Tubing and bands, ankle weights, balls of different sizes, Bosus and bench(es), mats, a TRX.
As far as larger equipment is concerned, that depends a lot on your budget and clientele. At my studio, I have now a dual axis cable tower, a total gym Power Tower and a Bowflex. If I had to decide again which to get first, I’d go with the total Gym and then the cables. I use the Bowflex the least but when I started, the others were not yet available.
I wish you good luck.
This depends on the type of training you will be offering.
What are the needs of your clientele?
What is your area of expertise?
Who is your target market?
I have seen personal training studios jammed with machines and others with a TRX, free weights and a Bosu
Writing up a business plan and outlining your services is advisable.