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 🙂