I don’t like machines. As for equipment I would like to have in my facility are:
-TRX or similar
-If possible some area for sprints
I guess it all comes down to the type of training you want to provide to clients and the available space.
an ideal gym to me has a lot of open space with balls, Bosus, soft foam rollers. ViPRs, sandbells, dumbbells, dyna discs, elastic resistance, cables, balance boards of any description, devices for agility.
But it also has machines; something like Freemotion that do not lock the user into one prescribed path of movement. While I am not a fan of them, they have a place in fitness, and they are ideal for beginners who are just starting out or are on some stage of post-rehab. I personally own a Power Tower (fancy version of the Total Gym) which I truly love.
On the ‘really dislike’ list are machines that can cause injury over time such as the Lateral Raise. Ab Crunch machines are useless in my book, and Leg Extensions are not for everyone.
I am very fortunate in that I have my own studio, and all the stuff that I really like, I have 🙂
I agree with Janet about the ab machines she has mentioned and too much spinal flexion. In general, most machines are also not “one size fits all”.
They are just too awkward and do not fit to meet a person’s individual needs (in addition to most not being very functional). They can have their place, however, for those who are beginning a workout program and for those who many have an injury to overcome. I do like cable machines for certain exercises.
My ideal place would have the following: Dumbbells, medicine balls, stability balls, kettlebells, TRX (love this single piece of equipment!), rowing machines, access to stairs for workouts or stair climber (stairs are another love for me), gliding discs, cable machine, foam rollers, and perhaps a few pieces of boxing equipment (I do rounds using gloves, wraps, and focus mitts).