OK, I am a pastor of a church and I want to offer fitness classes at the church. So, I am writing a grant proposal. I want to request enough money to send two people for training/certification and to buy equiptment to hold a class for 10 people.
Figuring how much money traing will cost is easy. I realize that what sort of equiptment depends on what sort of classes are offered, but generally what would be a good start.
I am thinking 10 Yoga mats, some combination of resistance bands, and maybe something else.
What do folks here think? what combination of resistance bands would give me the right assortment to cover most folks? Aside from Yoga mats and bands what else might I consider?
Are there places that sell bundles or sets of equiptment for people starting new classes or facilities?
I suppose I should point out that I can only use stuff that doesn’t need dedicated space, it needs to be able to be put away or stored
Do you know what type of certifications your trainers will be getting? Also, what type of classes do you have in mind? This will determine the type of equipment to buy (along with the space available).
As for locations to buy used equipment here are a few options:
-Donations (since you are a pastor in a church you could use that to ask people to help with donations).
-Check around to see if any other gyms or personal training studios are closing because you might find some good deals.
-Stores in your area that sell second hand equipment
I hope this helps. Hopefully others here could provide you with more options.
considering that space is limited, your idea of mats and resistance bands is right on the mark. There are several distributors for those bands, and I am including a link to one of them http://www.optp.com/Thera-Band-Latex-Free-Resistance-Band-150-Feet-Bulk-… . I would buy them in bulk so that you can cut them to the desired length. I assume that you have novice exercisers, and thus I would buy one roll each of the lowest three levels. The bands hold up fairly well but need to be replaced when they have tears, and buying rolls enables you to do so quickly without ordering again.
I would also get some tennis balls (or pinky balls http://www.optp.com/Super-Pinky-Ball?kw=pinky%20ball#.VSxuLfnF-So) which can be used for myofascial release and double up as exercise equipment.
I wish you good luck.