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How much does it cost to open a gym?

How much does it cost to open a gym?

One of the first steps when considering opening a gym is figuring out if it is financially feasible for you. No matter how good intentioned your gym may be, it will not function if it is not making money. Like opening any other business, opening a gym does take a large amount of capital to begin and there are plenty of monthly expenses to consider.

Although the cost of opening a gym varies greatly, you can estimate to spend between $10,000 for a personal training studio to $50,000 for a fully equipped commercial gym on equipment alone.

While it is nearly impossible to give a ballpark estimate that will encompass all types of gyms, we can give a general figure on the cost of each component. We will give you actual numbers instead of vague words so you can begin to put together your business plan. We hope this guide can help you figure out how much opening a gym will cost you and help you decide if this is a path you wish to pursue.

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This will be the bulk of your operation costs and varies significantly depending on size and most importantly location. Location will be one of the largest cost factors and can even vary widely within cities.

The most important factor is determining whether your location will get enough foot traffic for the cost. Street visibility is important if you do not plan on spending a ton on marketing but it will cost you much more in terms of rent per month. It is also important to take note of the businesses in the surrounding area to help determine if you can siphon some of their customers. For example, being located next to a health food market may attract more customers than being adjacent to an industrial warehouse. Just for a numerical comparison, a 2,000 sq ft space is estimated to cost $6,000 a month in rent in Los Angeles.

Equipment

This is definitely our favorite topic. We know you’re tired of hearing “it varies” by now, but this is absolutely true. First, you have to determine what type of gym you are. Will you be focusing on free weights, crossfit, a standard cardio and selectorized cardio machine set-up or something entirely unique? We have written various blog posts to help determine which type of equipment you should get. A small personal training studio, let’s say around 1,500 sq ft, can be properly equipped with around $10,000 worth of equipment. You can easily fit around four treadmills, 2 ellipticals, a dual adjustable functional trainer, racks, dumbbells, and other various strength machines in that amount of space. Commercial gyms usually average around 3,000 to 4,000 sq ft and equipment will run you around $30,000 to $50,000.

Employees

Although it does depend on the size, it is highly unlikely that you will be able to run a gym without any employees. Minimum wage varies from state to state, but if you’re going to hire the top trainers that will bring in and retain clients, you will need to pay them a little more. Generally their salaries range around the $25 an hour mark so you can estimate your costs based on your number of trainers from there. You will also need to hire an accountant, maintenance workers, a marketing person/team and the services of a lawyer.

Licenses/Permits

The only major license you need as a gym owner is a business license. The cost varies based upon how many employees you have but you should not expect to spend more than a few hundred. Your trainers for your gym will have to be licensed and certified though which also has some costs associated. If you hire already licensed trainers you will be good to go.

Legal Fees

It is highly recommended that anyone opening any type of business, but especially a gym, should consult and hire a lawyer. Gyms deal with a large amount of traffic everyday and legal issues are bound to arise so having a lawyer is important for protection. Gyms are also prone to injuries on-site so insurance is a necessity. To avoid further legal issues, putting a clause in the membership contract that prevents them for suing for self-caused injuries is a great idea.

Software

There is an entire market out there with dedicated gym management software. Most gym management software is on a subscription basis so you will have to factor that into your monthly budget. Prices can vary from $100 a month to $1,000 depending on how in-depth you would like your system to be.

Conclusion

These will be your major costs when opening a gym so it is important to take each one of these factors into account when formulating your business plan. Luckily, we have representatives who have gone through the entire process and opened gyms for themselves and for our customers. Contact us at our gym packages page for free consultation to help you get started on opening your gym. (UPDATED February 22, 2019)

 

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What are the different types of exercise bikes?

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Exercise bikes come in many different forms and have different benefits.

An exercise bike is a versatile cardio machine that makes a great first choice for a home gym. It offers several benefits, such as affordable cost, limited space usage, and multitasking capability. Exercise bikes generally fall under three groups: upright bikes, recumbent bikes and indoor cycles. It’s important to take into account what each exercise bike offers before deciding on one.

Upright Bikes

Out of the three main types of exercise bike, the upright bike most resembles riding a classic bicycle. The pedals are aligned under the user’s feet, while the seat supports the user’s weight. In addition to cardio and lower body, some upright bikes engage the core and upper body muscles. The user’s core must keep the body upright, while arms are engaged with special moving handlebars. Upright bikes do tend to leave their users with soreness on the rear and back. They typically have the smallest footprint thanks to their minimal design, and are easier to transport. Some models come with customizations such as TV’s that require electricity. Popular models include the Life Fitness Integrity and Precor 846i Experience upright bikes.

Recumbent Bikes

The recumbent bike’s main trait is its recline design. The seat is more of a chair that allows the user to lean back comfortably, and its pedals are in front of the user’s feet instead of below.  This type of fitness bike gives the rider the most support. Handlebars are also at the sides instead of the front. This design helps reduce stress on joints. Like upright bikes, recumbent bikes can be outfitted with extra features such as monitors and TV’s. Recumbent bikes usually offer the lowest intensity workout and fewest engaged muscle groups, but are the most helpful for those with back/knee problems or recovering from injury. The Technogym 700 Excite and Life Fitness 95R Inspire recumbent bikes are examples of this type.

Indoor Cycles

Indoor cycles are somewhat similar to upright bikes, but with a few differences. Their handlebars are farther away from the seat, shifting riders forward. Indoor cycles even allow users to stand while cycling, engaging more muscle groups in the process. As a result, indoor cycles tend to promote the most calorie burn from all the exercise bikes. Indoor cycles usually lack certain features such as heart monitors. This does allow indoor cycles to run without electricity. Gyms and fitness clubs frequently use indoor cycles in spin cycle classes, such as the Keiser M3+ and Star Trac Spinner Blade.

Fan or Air Bike

Another category of exercise bike is the fan or air bike. Some classify this type as an upright bike or indoor cycle, but it’s unique design deserves a classification of its own. It works with wind resistance; the harder you pedal, the harder the resistance. This type is the only style that has moveable arms. Upper and lower body workouts can be done independently or simultaneously. Examples of this type are the Schwinn Airdyne and Star Trac Turbo Trainer.

Which Exercise Bike is Best for You?

Ultimately, the best exercise bike is the one that you most enjoy using. Having fun while using your bike will make it more likely you use it and improve your fitness. At Primo Fitness, we carry all types of these exercise bikes in our warehouse! We encourage you to try our bikes for yourself; our sales team can help in picking the best one to fit your budget and goals.

Top 5 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

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This New Year give yourself the gift of fitness and a healthier you!

New Year’s Resolutions are always trending at the start of a new year. Improved health is usually one of the primary categories these fall under. Better health resolutions can include losing weight, eating better, or dropping a bad habit. However, people typically have not been so good at keeping them, with over 80% failing. To succeed against such odds, it’s important to understand why New Year’s Resolutions fail in the first place.

1. Unclear goals

New Year’s Resolutions are often created rather vaguely. If a resolution is too basic such as losing weight, then it will likely fail with little way to measure progress. Framing a goal with defined markers of time and progress is a great first step in making a resolution. Losing 10 pounds in a month is a good example. It provides a goal that is measureable yet not unrealistic. A specific and attainable resolution makes it easier to focus your efforts.

2. Lack of strategy

It’s easy to fantasize when our goals are achieved, but it’s much harder to put a process in place to accomplish them. For losing 10 pounds in a month, strategies could include going to the gym 3 times a week, or limiting desserts to once a week. Again, a clear plan can guide how you make a resolution become reality.

3. Giving up too early

Failures will happen along the way. Too often however, people will use a setback as an excuse to give up entirely. Missing a day in your resolution’s timetable just calls for greater dedication. It’s okay if you don’t quite meet a certain goal your resolution calls for. Even if you didn’t quite lose 10 pounds in a month, it is worth celebrating those seven you did lose. Standards are meant to be bars to aim for, not restraints to prevent us from our goals.

4. No accountability

If you’re the only one holding yourself accountable, chances are you won’t get far on your resolutions. Instead, try including an accountability partner. A partner can call you out when you’re slacking, encourage when you’re struggling, or even tag along your workout and get reps in.

5. Lacking the means to meet New Year’s Resolutions

If your New Year’s Resolutions aren’t taking off due to lacking proper equipment, we can help with that! Our fitness equipment is durable and affordable. Whether it’s strength or cardio you’re after, we’ll have the right machine for your goals.

Local, walk-in clients and gyms are welcome to visit our brand new 10,000 square foot fitness equipment showroom within our 100,000 square foot warehouse. We have very competitive prices on the highest quality new and used fitness equipment. Or if you are not in the local Southern California area, call us at 1-714-957-2765 or fill out our contact form for more information.

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Our expansive fitness equipment warehouse is stocked with more from the brands you want. Explore our 100,000 sq. ft. warehouse, and you’ll find the right fitness equipment for your needs. We carry a wide variety of cardio and strength equipment, including treadmills, ellipticals, indoor cycles, upright and recumbent bikes, rowers, stepmills, multi-gyms, single station machines, racks, benches, accessories and more. All the top brands in commercial fitness equipment are here, including Life Fitness, Precor, Star Trac, Matrix, Cybex, Technogym, Keiser, Hammer Strength, StairMaster, Hoist Fitness, Muscle D, and much more. The 10,000 sq. ft. showroom in particular features several select pieces, such as a wide selection of cardio pieces, multi gyms and strength pieces.

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Local customers will enjoy walking in to browse our large collection of both used and new fitness equipment. We are happy to help those who need assistance deciding on right equipment for their home or gym. International dealers, wholesales and gym owners looking for the best prices and service are more than welcome to visit as well; we ship to all parts of the world. Our team members are prepared to help in putting together special gym packages that best suit their needs.

Come take advantage of our expert sales staff and their expertise with designing home and professional gyms with fitness equipment within your space and budget. Our team has over 100 years of combined fitness industry experience in all types of new and used gym equipment from repair and remanufacturing to moving and installating to what gear is best for your home, apartment complex or gym. You can also email or call with any questions. However, we encourage you to come in person and see if for yourself.

We are open Monday-Friday from 9-5, as well as Saturday by appointment only. Our friendly and informed staff are ready to help you in any way regarding fitness equipment. We serve local fitness enthusiasts and gym owners from all over Southern California, from Orange County, San Diego, Los Angeles – and beyond. Come on by!

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Check out our NEW Fitness Equipment Showroom!

We’ve recently moved to a larger warehouse next door to our old one. Our new address is 1909 S. Susan Street, Santa Ana, California 92704. One of the most significant features in this location is the new and improved showroom. With our expanded space, we can now house more fitness equipment under one roof, and show a variety of both cardio and strength pieces. Here are some reasons to check out our warehouse’s showroom.

Anything you’re looking for is here

Our showroom is absolutely massive, with 10,000 sq. ft. of space dedicated to gym equipment. No other wholesaler or dealer can offer the same variety and depth of fitness equipment as we can. We carry treadmills, ellipticals, exercise bikes, steppers, strength equipment, multi-gyms, dumbbells, accessories and so much more. If you’re looking for any particular piece of gym equipment, chances are we have it!

Everyone is welcome

Our showroom is open to anyone looking to purchase gym equipment. Whether it’s locals who just want to walk in and chat with an expert about the right pieces for their home, or for international clients who want to furnish a large scale project, we are ready and able to help find the best fitness equipment for the task. We also supply dealers worldwide with fitness equipment at wholesale prices.

Industry leading support and service

All of our equipment is backed by our expert knowledge and service. Our staff has years of experience in the fitness industry and will gladly answer any question you might have. Primo Fitness's team of mechanics go through each and every machine for quality assurance, and we will never sell any machine that doesn’t meet our standards. We have made several current videos contain further information on the value our equipment brings to the table, and are also currently working on a video that will provide a tour of our warehouse.

Come by our showroom and see for yourself. We know you will enjoy the visit!

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How to Practice Healthy Holiday Habits

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Jogging can help burn calories during the holiday season

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching and Christmas and New Year’s not far behind, the holiday season is a great time to destress. It is too easy to relax with the abundance of food. Perhaps now more than any other time of the year is when carefully-laid diet and exercise plans are ruined. Despite this, it is still possible to maintain a healthy lifestyle during this time.

Don’t skip meals before a holiday feast

While it might seem smart to pass on breakfast to eat more later, this actually has a negative impact on metabolism. If the body skips meals, it is more prone to overeating when food is available. In addition, this causes the body to tap into energy reserves in muscles and lowers blood sugar levels, draining energy and thinking ability. Eat a light breakfast that includes protein and whole wheats before a feast. This will keep the body satisfied until the big meal.

Eat slowly and properly

During the holidays the temptation to overeat is rarely higher. Getting smaller initial portions and chewing slowly can cause the body to feel full sooner. Instead of eating a second helping, those leftovers will be better off as a later meal.

Limit consumption of fats and sugars

It’s understandable to want to enjoy a traditional holiday meal. Simple preparation changes can allow holiday meals to be eaten with less guilt. For instance, try fat free chicken broth when cooking turkey, or reduce the amount of oil and butter in recipes. Even these small changes can make a difference.

Drink plenty of water

Drinking water is important everyday, but it becomes even valuable during the holidays. It’s a great way to stop overeating by satisfying the body faster. Drinking enough water also helps limit drinking other beverages such as champagne and eggnog.

Engage in some exercise

Getting some exercise during the holidays helps in maintaining a healthy weight. A leisurely stroll around the neighborhood or tossing a football around will help burn calories after a hearty meal. This is even better if the whole family joins. Another option is the Turkey Trot; many communities offer this on Thanksgiving to help burn calories before the big meal. Even chores such as raking leaves or cleaning the dishes after meals can be helpful.

The holidays are a time to enjoy family, friends, and food. By making the right choices, they don’t have to ruin your fitness goals. Instead of slacking off and making a New Year’s resolution to do better next year, end the year on a high note for your health.

How to avoid the “Freshman 15”

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Starting college can be one of the most exciting times of a young person’s life, but can also be one of the most stressful. Often this stress manifests itself in the “Freshman 15.” While the 15 pounds gained is typically an exaggeration, there is still the threat of this weight gain adversely affecting not only student performance, but also in the years following college. Fortunately, simple steps can be taken to avert this potential problem.

Watch your diet

With how many campus dining halls are designed, it is all too easy to overeat, especially on high calorie junk food. Instead, try eating smaller meals throughout the day, with more of an emphasis on fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and multi-grain carbs. Drinking water is much preferred over soda or alcohol, as these two drinks are loaded with empty calories. Another potential problem is “social eating,” or simply eating to be with other people. While this can be a healthy way to develop friendships, if unchecked, can easily snowball into overeating. It is important to be mindful of how much you are eating during these times.

Get proper sleep

It will probably be harder than ever before to get enough sleep with coursework and other priorities, but getting enough sleep remains vital. Lack of sleep has severe effects on students, from lack of energy to decreased metabolism, prime conditions for weight gain. At the same time, oversleeping has been to know to contribute to future weight gain. Around 6-8 hours of quality sleep is the optimal level for college students.

Stay physically active

Even high school athletes can quickly find themselves gaining weight if they don’t maintain an active lifestyle. However, colleges offer many resources to aid in a healthy student lifestyle. The student fitness center is a great place to workout, join a fitness class, or participate in an intramural sports league. It can also be a great way to meet friends who will help in staying motivated. Even small efforts to get active such as taking the stairs or taking a bike across campus can be helpful.

Use your school’s health facilities

Typically including in tuition costs, school health centers usually have trained health professionals such as dieticians that would be more than happy to assist. These services can include forming dietary plans or stress counseling.  Health centers also have informative health brochures, and some even offer services such as vaccinations. By having these professional resources available, it will be much easier to accomplish your health goals throughout the semester.

College is meant to be a place for young adults to gain knowledge, not weight. By being diligent in improving your physical health, it will be much easier to focus on academic performance, and at graduation, a degree won’t be the only thing you take with you..

 

How you can train like an Olympian

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The 2016 Olympics  in Rio is an event that will showcase the world’s best athletes. These athletes have spent countless hours refining their skills, sharpening their bodies and minds to their maximum potential. And while most people might not be able to attain an Olympian’s physique, there are various principles you can incorporate from an Olympic training regimen to improve yourself.

Eat a healthy balanced diet.
While it’s a tall task to match the caloric intake of an Olympian such as Michael Phelps, who famously consumes over 6,000 each day, the kinds of foods he eats can be a good model for a diet to take up. Generally, fruits, vegetables, lean protein such as chicken, and healthy fats such as those found in fish and nuts are the types of foods to target. Drinking water throughout the day (and sports drinks to replenish electrolytes during intense workouts) is also important to replace lost fluids.

Sleep on time.
When working out, top athletes usually aim to get around 8-10 hours of quality, restful sleep. Quality sleep not only helps repair tired muscles, but also ensures sharper focus.  Early to bed and early to rise is the key, especially since waking up early in the day offers the double benefit of getting your workout early in the day, which is a great way to start the day. If you can fit them in your schedule, short naps less than an hour long can also be rejuvenating after a workout.

Don’t let your routine get stale.
Even the best Olympians don’t solely focus on drills directly relating to their sport. Basketball players for instance, incorporate various exercises in the gym to supplement their shooting, passing, and dribbling drills. By changing up workout routines, your body is focus to adjust and is challenged more than by just sticking to one routine. Furthermore, it can be more fun to try different exercises and can boost your willingness to push yourself to do your best.

Prepare mentally

For Olympians, competition is as much a mental game as it is a physical one. Many incorporate various rituals that help pump them up for the big day, such as reading and listening to music. Having a specific routine can also your big workout a similar boost. As Olympians prepare for events years in the making, they create goal-oriented plans to help map out what they want to accomplish. Similarly, by devising a plan, you can maximize the direction your workouts take you.

Work with others who share your goals.

It’s no surprise that Olympians who train together as a team bring out the best of each other in competition, whether they are in gymnastics, rowing, or track. Even rivals competing against each other have been known to train together in preparation for a big event. Similarly, getting a team or even one person who shares in your fitness can be a big boost in motivation and confidence for all involved.

While various physical attributes may put Olympians in a position to be able to compete on the world stage, it is their work and discipline that will decide who proves to be the best. In the same way, implementing such ideals can go a long way for anyone looking to accomplish their goals.

 

Last Minute Father’s Day Fitness Gifts

This weekend is Father’s Day and is certainly one of the best times to get dear old Dad a gift he’ll love. But instead of getting another ordinary necktie or mug, consider giving him  a gift that will help better his health. While it might be a bit harder to guarantee that heavy duty piece of fitness equipment will make it to your door by Sunday, there are plenty of other last minute gifts that will encourage your dad to get in better shape.

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  1. Fitness Tracker

Fitness trackers have swelled in popularity recently, and a big part of it is the functionality they provide. These bands track a variety of health measurements, but the most common of them are heart rate, steps taken, and sleep quality, with other features usually included such as GPS and notifications.  FitBit, Garmin, and Nike are just a few of the brands that retail trackers, so there’s bound to be one Dad will love.

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2. Resistance Band

A resistance band is a flexible piece of equipment known for its ease of use. It enables a wide variety of exercises simply by utilizing it with the user’s body weight or with heavy, stable objects. With so many exercises available,  Resistance bands are portable as well, so Dad can take it with him to stay in shape on a business trip.  

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3. Towel

Whether Dad likes to workout at home or the gym, either way he will probably end up sweating up a storm. A specially designed fitness towel will let Dad wipe himself off when he gets too sweaty. When looking for which towel to get, the best ones offer some combination of moisture absorption, odor protection, and cooling properties. It’s these kinds of features that Dad will appreciate the next time he reaches for his towel after a workout.

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4. Rowing Machine

Rowing machines are great in that they activate so many muscle groups on the body. At the same time, the rowing machine’s low impact nature means less pressure on user joints. They are typically compact, which makes them easy to store and transport. and are available at almost any fitness retailer.

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5. Punching Bag

Is Dad often stressed out after a long day in the office? Let him blow off some steam by doing work on a punching bag. It will provide him a great way to vent while providing a cardio workout at the same time.

Any of these gifts would be a great gift for the fitness conscious father. This Father’s Day,  consider giving Dad something that will help him be his best.

 

The Best Cardio Machine For You

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A cardio machine is an excellent addition to a home gym, as it provides a way to get much needed cardio exercise without having to go outside. With so many different kinds of machines available, it can be a challenge deciding which one to run with. While we’ve recently looked at the benefits of treadmills in a previous post, ellipticals and stationary bikes are also viable options to be considered. Here is an evaluation on how each of these cardio machines stack up.  

Treadmills

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Pros:

  • Treadmills  offer plenty of options for users to customize their workouts, such as incline, speed, and specific training programs.
  • Replicate a natural form of running, so they have little to no learning curve.
  • Promote the most calorie burn compared to other cardio machines.
  • The high impact nature of a treadmill helps in promoting bone strength.

Cons:

  • Since a treadmill is high-impact, it can be potentially harmful on those with weak joints and ligaments.
  • Treadmills require little involvement from the upper body, so these muscle groups aren’t engaged.
  • Usually bulky and difficult to fit into tighter spaces
  • Treadmills usually cost more, and this goes up with their various additional features.

Ellipticals

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Pros:

  • Involve the upper body in its movement, so these muscle groups are active alongside the lower body.
  • Low impact, making it desirable for those with weaker joints.
  • Can be run in reverse, allowing it to target more lower body muscles than other machines.
  • Users often perceive that they are not working too hard, but in reality their bodies are working harder than they think they are.

Cons:

  • Not quite as beginner friendly as other machines, as the upper and lower body motions in unison might be a little tricky at first.
  • With less impact, it also means bones aren’t as strengthened as other machines.
  • The motion ellipticals require is not typically used in everyday life.
  • The spacing of elliptical steps might not fit well with a shorter or taller person’s stride.

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Pros

  • Takes up less room than other machines, so it can be more easily placed in areas with less space.
  • Usually regarded as the most comfortable, with different seating options depending on the model.
  • Users control how fast the bike works, which makes it a safer option than other machines.
  • Zero impact exercise, so they can be good choice for those recovering from injuries as many models offer support designed to help parts like the back and ankles

Cons

  • Bikes usually offer the least amount of calorie burn, partly due to no involvement from the upper body
  • Bikes force the majority of their stress on the knee, which is a common area for troublesome joints
  • Being in a seated position for a while can wind up making your rear end sore.
  • Improper form can actually harm user ability to use bikes effectively.

In the end, these are just a few of the factors to considering when picking out the ideal cardio machine, and the best cardio machine is the one that you like using the most and will thus encourage you to use it to improve your cardio. If you have any questions, our team is more than happy to answer any questions you might have!

 

How to Exercise in Hot Weather

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With summer approaching, the weather is warming up and many people are taking their workouts outdoors. Exercising outdoors can be a fun and rewarding experience but when the temperature starts to rise it is important to remember extra risks that come with it. We have compiled some tips that will help you safely work out in the warm weather.

  1. Dial back your workout when you’re starting out

Remember that you will not be able to perform as long or as intensely as you normally could indoors. Your body has to expend extra energy to cool down in the heat and is more prone to heat-stroke. When you’re first starting to work out in the sun, dial back your routine to be shorter and lower intensity. Like with any type of activity, you can slowly increase your workouts in order to acclimate to the higher temperatures.

  1. Dress appropriately

Gyms usually have air conditioning on, but it is different outdoors. It is essential to dress properly to deal with the heat. The keyword for clothing is light, both in fit and color. This will help keep your body cool by allowing better air circulation over your body as well as reflecting sunlight.  Dark colored clothing absorbs more sunlight, which will increase your body temperature and leave you more prone to heat related injuries.

  1. Keep hydrated

Proper hydration is one of the best ways to maximize the workout efficiency in the heat. Thirst is not a good indicator of when to drink, as the body is already getting dehydrated at that point. Drink water plentifully before the workout. Six to eight ounces of every 15 minutes as you exercise is a good baseline of how much to drink. The body also loses salt and minerals sweating, so a sports beverage can help in replenishing them. Don’t completely replace water for these however, as these have more calories and sugar. For short sessions water alone will be sufficient.  

  1. Protect yourself from the sun

Being out in the sun means you are more vulnerable to sunburn. Not only is it painful and damaging to the skin, it also weakens the body’s ability to cool itself and retain fluids.  In addition to light clothing, sunscreen of at least SPF 15, sunglasses with UV protection, and appropriate head wear will help reduce the risk of sunburn.

  1. Avoid the hottest parts of the day

Try to limit your workout to morning and early evening hours, when the sun is not at its peak. This will also help to keep the temperature of hard surfaces such as asphalt and concrete down.  

 

 

Tips on Buying a Used Treadmill

Don’t dread the tread(mill)

Ask someone to name a piece of gym equipment and they’ll probably name the treadmill. There is no modern image of fitness more tired and true than a person running in the gym on a treadmill. The first consumer treadmill designed for home use was developed in the late 1960s and ever since then, the treadmill has become a staple of American fitness.

Modern gyms are beginning to look like the set of Star Trek, with touchscreens, LCD TVs and alien looking machines abundant; but the treadmill, minus a few bells and whistles added to the consoles, has stayed fundamentally the same. This is because the treadmill simply gets the job done in a variety of ways. The best way to buy an affordable used treadmill, that will last, is to buy one from a used gym equipment supplier, such as Primo Fitness!

Benefits of a treadmill:

1.       Ease of Use

First, the treadmill is extremely simple to use. People instinctively know how to walk and run, so there is no learning curve required to use the machine. Treadmills may differ cosmetically and internally, but once a person has used one, they can use them all. They also do not require adjustments to the machine itself for different people. Once someone hops off, someone else can hop on and immediately begin their workout. The simplicity is what draws many to the treadmill.

2.       Calorie Burning

Statistically, running at top speeds will burn the most calories per hour. Running at an 8.5 minute mile rate can burn 679 calories per hour for a smaller person and 940 calories for a larger person. This is compared to cycling at a moderate 12-14 mph pace, which will burn 472 calories per hour for a smaller person and 654 for a larger person. If weight loss is a person’s fitness goal, running on the treadmill is one of the most efficient ways to melt away the pounds.

3.       Consistency, convenience and safety

Some users may dislike the treadmill and deem it as boring, but this consistency and predictability is highly beneficial for a workout. Running outside can be risky as running over random curbs, cracks, holes or errant banana peels can lead to serious injury. Other hazards such as cars and innocent bystanders are also eliminated by running on a stationary treadmill. Treadmills allow for smooth continuous running in the convenience of your home or gym, so users are free to run regardless of weather. Also, it is quite difficult to run around the block with a TV strapped to your head, so alternatively, many treadmills have the option of attaching a screen so you can enjoy your sitcoms while burning some fat.

4.       Customizing and progress checking

Essentially every maker of treadmills, whether they are Precor, Star Trac or Life Fitness, equips their machines with a console. These consoles can control various aspects of the machine, such as speed and incline. Many newer treadmills also come with pre-programmed workout routines for a variety of different fitness goals. Both beginners and seasoned veterans can reap the full benefits of working out on a treadmill. These consoles generally also come with trackers that can determine exactly how far a person has run, how many calories they have burned and even what their heart rate was. This allows users to easily track their progress and follow a goal-oriented routine.

What to look for when buying a treadmill

There are dozens of treadmills on the market, so choosing one can be overwhelming. Here are a few factors to consider.

1.        Brand

The top brands are generally the top brands for a reason. Life Fitness, Precor and Star Trac are some of the most recognized and best names when it comes to treadmills. Choosing a treadmill from one of these brands will generally ensure that you will receive a top quality and durable machine.

2.       Commercial or Residential?

The decision of buying commercial or residential is highly dependent on your budget. If you’re thinking of purchasing a residential unit, your cost will generally be lower but these units are generally less durable than commercial units. When buying a used treadmill, it is suggested to go for a commercial unit, because they are built to run 24/7, there will be no issues in a one or two runner household. Buying a used treadmill generally saves you half off of MSRP.

3.       Make and Model

There are hundreds of different types of models of treadmills out there so it can be a little overwhelming trying to choose one. An easier method would be to figure out what features are most important, such as a touchscreen, different workout routines, incline or decline options, etc. If you’re not sure what you want, feel free to ask the salesperson for their suggestions.

At the end of the day, the best technique to decide which treadmill you want is by taking it for a test run. There are many different options out there, so if you’re looking to find the right path to fitness, feel free to ask one of our Primo Primo Fitness for their treadmill suggestions.

Difference between the Keiser M3 and M3+ (Plus) Indoor Cycle

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We have received a new shipment of the incredibly popular Keiser M3 Plus indoor cycles. Unlike our last shipment, you may have noticed that these are the M3+ (Plus) instead of the regular editions. When consumers are looking to purchase a new Keiser indoor cycle, it is important to know the difference between the two because pricing on the two different models also varies.

The one and only difference between the two models is that the Plus has adjustable handlebars. Fortunately the seat is adjustable on both so you might be able to manage with the regular edition if that is the only one you can find. Both bikes have the magnetic drive, the monitor, the water bottle holder among other features.

Technogym Synchro 700 Excite Review with touchscreen console

Technology is evolving at a rapid pace and the fitness industry isn’t immune to this trend. Technogym, as their name implies, prides themselves on their cutting edge gym equipment loaded with the latest technology. One of their defining models is their Tehcnogym Synchro 700 Excite elliptical crosstrainer. While there are many commercial grade elliptical on the market, Technogym separates itself from the pack with the latest in gym and entertainment technology.

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The Technogym Excite 700 elliptical is powered by a rear drive trajectory and belt driven system that ensures a smooth and impact-free movement which is the main draw of the elliptical. Treadmills are high impact machines and can put strain on the joints if used frequently, so an elliptical is a great low-impact choice for cardiovascular exercise. Compared to other elliptical crosstrainers, you’ll notice that the two platforms where your foot rest are fairly close together. Technogym has designed the Excite 700 this way in order to ensure a natural posture.

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Technogym has also engineered their elliptical to be accommodating to users of all fitness levels. The difficulty level can be easily adjusted with the Fast Track Control which is independent from the display. The resistance levels are adjusted manually by two buttons on the elliptical. There are 25 different difficulty levels so any user can reap the full benefits of working out on this elliptical. The Technogym 700 Excite also comes with built in fitness programs such as quick start, CHR, training zone, weight loss and customizable profiles.

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The display on our Synchro 700 Excite elliptical crosstrainers are the latest from Technogym. These consoles are fully touchscreen with a plethora of features and options. Most importantly, the display has all the essential readouts such as heart-rate and calories burned. There is a heart-rate monitor built right into the handgrip to track progress. This console is also Wellness compatible meaning that users can watch TV, control his/her iPod or even listen to the radio while working out.

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This is a top of the line cutting edge elliptical crosstrainer that not only delivers optimal performance but the latest in technology. We have a few of these units available for sale at the blowout price of $699. There is no more affordable option if you want a neat little touchscreen built into your commercial grade elliptical. The Technogym 700 Excite Synchro elliptical crosstrainer is a great choice for users of all levels.

New Gym Equipment Showroom

Our Santa Ana warehouse has been receiving so much foot traffic from people looking for gym equipment that we’ve decided to remodel our entire warehouse to make it more accommodating to our customers. If you’ve ever visited our warehouse before, you know that we’re never short on equipment but getting to a specific unit took a little bit of maneuvering. Sometimes customers would want to test out a gym machine that was in between other machines and it took a bit of time to move everything out of the way. In order to speed up the process and have our customers in and out more efficiently, we made a drastic change.

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Through weeks of hard labor by our skilled staff, Primo Fitness created a showroom within our warehouse and organized equipment in a more logical fashion. When customers walk in, they are immediately greeted by our testing area. We have placed our most popular treadmills, elliptical cross trainers, exercise bikes and other cardio machines right at the entrance of our warehouse. They each have their own area and customers can try them one after another in order to compare the models directly.

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All of our gym equipment is commercial grade so they are built drastically different from equipment found in retail stores. We wanted our customers to be able to feel the difference and the only way to do so was by allowing them to test out the units. Besides the difference in performance, commercial grade units are also much more durable than home units. They are designed to go 24 hours a day with hundreds of people using it so an individual won’t have much luck damaging it.

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If you’re in the local Orange County area, we hope you can stop by and take a tour around our newly remodeled warehouse. We hope to see you here and help you on your path to fitness!

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We are located at:

1909 S. Susan Street

Santa Ana, CA 92704

Hours:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday

Lemond Revmaster Pro Indoor Cycle Review

It’s 2016 and indoor stationary cycles are more popular than ever. January brought an influx of new users to spin classes and it looks like they’re sticking around. If you want to take the excitement of those classes home, there is no better option than top purchase an indoor cycle. Today we will be reviewing the latest generation Lemond Revmaster Pro Indoor Cycle.

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Lemond continues to be a leader in group cycles and the next generation Revmaster Pro drastically improves upon the original. The silhouette of the bike has been modified to more closely resemble a road bike as opposed to the straight angular design of the first Lemond Revmaster bicycles. This is accomplished because the bike is designed with a narrower crank to replicate the geometry of a quality road bike.

The new Next Generation X-Frame also improves upon the adjustability of the bike. While in riding position, the user has access to all seat, height and handlebar adjustments. The bottom bracket catridge also has a two piece design for modular service.  There are also new Cam handles located in the front of the Lemond Revmaster. They are comfortable and easy to use and offer quicker on-the-fly adjustments without the difficulties associated with threaded handles and pop-pins. These additions have increased the adjustment range of the bike which allows for a better and more comfortable fit. The seat is also easily exchanged for more riding options to fit personal preferences.

This is a commercial grade indoor cycle so it is definitely built to last and withstand punishment. There is improved corrosion resistance thanks to the new electrolytic nickel plating which is stronger than stainless steel. The fender also has integrated brake assembly which provides improved braking and also functions as a moisture guard. While most indoor cycles are chain driven, the Lemond Revmaster Pro utilizes a Kevlar belt instead. This reduces the amount of noise and there is essentially no maintenance because it does not need to be oiled and does not stretch.

The Lemond Revmaster Pro Indoor Cycle was created for users of all fitness levels. It is simple to create an optimized workout with the brake and resistance features of the bicycle. The resistance knob adjusts easily to increase or decrease the intensity of the workout. Pressing down on the knob also activates the brakes for a safe workout. There are micro turn adjustments in order to create smooth transitions to higher resistance levels on the fly.

If you’re looking for a high end modern indoor cycle the Lemond Revmaster Pro is a great option. It is aesthetically pleasing with its modern road bike-like design and has all the features you would expect from a recent indoor cycle. Ours also have a fitness monitor attached to track your progress during a workout. Contact Primo Fitness for more details about this bike.

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Cardio Machines that Only Use Arms

Nearly all the standard cardio machines you find in the gym (treadmills, elliptical crosstrainers, and bikes) require using your legs, but there are times when that isn’t an option. Whether you’re going through rehabilitation, wheel-chair bound or just went too hard on leg day, there are a variety of different machines that deliver a quality cardio workout while utilizing only your arms.

The name that you’ll most commonly see these machines referred to by is “upper body ergometer/exerciser” or UBE. Although they are not as mainstream as other cardio options, different fitness companies do put their own spin on this machine.

Technogym Excite Upper Body Ergometer

Technogym Excite UBE Upper Body Ergometer

The Technogym Excite UBE is one of the most technologically advanced upper body cardio machines. The Excite TOP as it is sometimes called provides excellent training for the upper body. It serves to not only burn calories, but also tones and strengthens the shoulder, torso and core muscles. The crank is also adjustable and it comes with a removable seat so users in wheelchairs can easily use. It also caters to all fitness levels with over 30 different difficulty levels. There is also a monitor attached that gives all relevant readouts to be able to track your progress.

SciFit Pro1 Upper Body Exerciser

SciFit Pro1 Upper Body Exerciser

The SciFit Pro1 Upper Body Exerciser is one of the more versatile upper body cardio machines because it can be used in both a seated and a standing position. The SciFit Pro1 further improves accessibility by having both a wheelchair platform and true step-through design. It is ideal for ground based training and is highly adjustable. Some of the options include an adjustable tilt head for different heights and ranges of motion. The arm cranks are also adjustable and they can be used in either direction. It has a low starting resistance so it can accommodate almost any user. The monitor also comes with built in workouts and fitness tracking information.

Matrix Krankcycle

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The most compact and space efficient upper body cardio machine is the Matrix Krankcycle. It has a clean and sleek silhouette making it a perfect fit for modern looking gym. This machine was created through a collaboration between Johnny G and Matrix and was designed for a cardio workout that strengthens both the core and arms.

Both of the arms move independently from one another which allows for a great variety of movements. It can also be lowered to chest level and used as a pseudo rowing machine. Similar to the other upper body exercise machines, there is also an option to adjust the resistance level. The head of the Krankcycle can be titled in a variety of positions and the seat can be removed for wheelchair accessibility. The cranks on this machine are also on a more narrow access compared to the other machines on this list. This allows for a higher rotation per minute and a more intense workout.

These are the three primary upper body cardio exercise machines on the market. They all offer the same great benefits of a cardio workout that requires only your upper body. If you are interested in any of these machines, feel free to contact one of our sales representatives for more information.

What exercise machine is Adele using?

If you’ve seen this now famously viral image of Adele using a piece of gym equipment, you’re probably wondering what machine it is. The fitness machine that Adele is using is the FreeMotion Dual Cable Cross Machine. Whether it’s part of her New Year’s Resolution or just her getting ready for her tour, it’s great to see Adele taking fitness seriously, even if she does look miserable.

Now you’re probably wondering what this machine does and why the great Adele would be using one. Luckily, we’re fitness equipment professionals so we’ll break down why Adele is using this piece of equipment.

  1. The cable crossover is ridiculously versatile

While most other strength machines only target one or two muscle groups, the cable crossover machine can work out any muscle group. It does not have a fixed path of motion so users can get really creative and execute a variety of exercises to target different muscles. This is why we also recommend this machine for home gyms with limited space since you can basically do anything that a strength machine can do.

  1. It’s time efficient

Adele is a very busy person so she can’t be wasting time running to different machines. Since the cable crossover is so flexible when it comes to exercises, she can easily perform an entire strength routine without switching machines. The Freemotion Cable Crossover that she is specifically using is selectorized so she can easily adjust the amount of weights just by pulling the pin. She can do bicep curls, tricep extensions, lat pull downs and much more. It also reduces rest time between exercises so it also increases intensity.

  1. It allows you to train natural movements

Other strength machines have a fixed path of motion which is great if you’re targeting a specific group of muscles. If you’re looking for function training though, performing motions that you use in your daily life on the cable crossover can help make your entire life easier. Since you can determine your own range of motion on this machine, you can tailor it to activities and motions that you normally do every day.

If you want to work out just like Adele, you can contact us at 714-957-2765 or email us at [email protected] and ask for our cable crossover machines. We offer shipping worldwide!

How to Keep Your Fitness New Year’s Resolution 2016

This probably the 500th “How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution” post you’ve probably seen in the past week or so, so what makes this post different than the others? We’ve written a standard New Year’s Resolution blog post last year so we have decided to switch it up for 2016.

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  1. Use technology

Sometimes technology gets a bad rap, but for fitness it is a pretty great thing. There are so many apps that do so many different fitness related things so there’s surely something that will help you keep your resolution.

Daily Activity Apps:

There are apps that remind you to stand up every twenty minutes (Stand Up!, Twenty) which is great if you have an office job that requires you to sit nearly eight hours a day. If you’re just looking to make your overall life fitter, even outside of exercise, an app called Human allows you to pinpoint all the little activities you’re doing such as climbing stairs or taking casual strolls.

While not a daily activity app, we definitely have to mention Charity Miles as one of our favorite apps. You can earn money for your choice of charities for every mile that you run, with nothing out of your pocket. You’re getting fit while helping the world, not a bad incentive to get out there and run for a bit.

Workout Apps:

There is no shortage of apps out there that will help you during your workout. Those days of having to buy a workout video and doing the same routine time and time again are long gone. These apps right on your phone will help you get a quality workout in wherever you are and whenever you have time to spare.

The Johnson & Johnson 7 Minute Workout app is free and helps you get in a high intensity workout in only seven minutes. While a full workout is recommended at least 5 times a week, sometimes you’re pressed for time but that doesn’t mean you should give up working out entirely. This app’s interface is clean and gets to the point. There are videos which help guide you on how to do each move.

If you’re more focused on strength training and body-building, JEFIT is the app you’re looking for. It is essentially a giant database of strength training moves conveniently organized by the body part you want to target.

Fitness Tracking Apps:

Whether you’re working out at home or at the gym, you should definitely invest in some fitness tracking applications. Most modern cardio machines have built in fitness tracking into the console and the latest Precor and Life Fitness models allow you to connect your phone in order to store the data and keep log if it.  If you unfortunately cannot bring that data with you, there are a ton of great fitness tracking apps out there for free or for a very reasonable cost. A couple we like are the Fitbit app (even if you don’t have the devices, they’re still great for tracking) Cyclemeter (despite the name, it tracks more than just cycling statistics).

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  1. Don’t get injured

This one seems pretty obvious, but we can’t emphasize enough how much an injury can derail your new workout routine. This is especially a major concern if you haven’t exercised in a while and are just beginning a new fitness program.

Increasing your flexibility will help you avoid injuries when beginning to work out. You can try a few yoga poses and look for exercises that will improve flexibility. Doing a light warm-up (a quick jog, some jumping jacks) and then stretching after your muscles are warm will reduce injuries. If you’re utilizing free weights and dumbbells for the first time, it is absolutely vital to research proper form for the exercise you’re doing. It may look vain, but check yourself out in the mirror to make sure that your posture and form are correct. It is also worth investing in a personal trainer for your first few outings for some guidance.

Also, just try to stay away from foreign activities and extreme sports that can hurt you. We know it looks fun, but maybe stay off the hoverboard right before you’re about to start a new workout routine.

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  1. Track your progress

Many people become “addicted” to working out once they start seeing progress. Progress isn’t necessarily just numbers on a scale, since muscle weighs more than fat. One of the most popular and fun ways to track progress is to take periodic pictures. There’s a reason those diet programs love showing before and after photos. Just remember that progress doesn’t happen instantly and it may take a couple of months to really start noticing.

At the end of the day, you’re in control of what you do. While we hope our tips help out, just remember that we believe in you and you can do it. Never give up on those resolutions!

Last Minute Christmas Fitness Gift Ideas

You’re scrambling for that last minute gift for your favorite fitness fanatic but you can’t find anything in the stores. You can’t buy equipment at a retail store because you know that Christmas gifts are meant to be enjoyed on Christmas. It’s no fun unwrapping a box with a treadmill in it and not being able to use it. Why put your dearest friend through the torture of having to install a complicated piece of gym equipment? We give you a list of some fitness equipment that you can just come by, pick up and deliver it to your recipient right in time for the holidays.

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  1. Indoor Cycles/Spin Bikes

Indoor cycles are the most portable commercial grade fitness equipment you’ll find on the market. Unlike the retail stores, all of our equipment is fully assembled and ready to go. This is how we’re able to allow customers to test out the exact machine that they can purchase. If you’re worried that a fully assembled exercise equipment unit won’t fit in your car, it is not a problem at all with the compact spin bike. We were even able to load one into a Mini Cooper.

Indoor cycles are also relatively inexpensive compared to other fitness equipment. A fully functional commercial grade model starts at $300 in our warehouse. We have a wide variety of brands ranging from Keiser, Matrix, Lemond, Schwinn and more.

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  1. Benches

These aren’t the benches you sit on while feeding birds at the park, these are heavy duty benches built to withstand a ton of punishment during a workout. Since most home gyms don’t have enough space for a full strength circuit, most exercisers will opt to use dumbbells and barbells for strength training. In order to properly execute these exercises, they’ll need a bench to work out on. Even power racks and cages benefit from being paired with a bench.

There are many different types of weight benches but the one we recommend most for its versatility is the adjustable (sometimes called 0-90) bench. Adjustable benches can be used as a flat bench, decline bench or an incline bench to assist in a wide array of exercises. There are fitness benches in every gym across the world so it would be a great gift for someone starting off their home gym.

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  1. Steppers (Stairstepper)

While they can be quite tall, most steppers don’t take up much space footprint wise so they can be a great gift/addition to someone’s home gym. Treadmills are generally the preferred choice for cardio machines, but steppers are great in their own way. They are low impact so they won’t put a considerable strain on your knees and joints. They’re also great for toning and strengthening the lower body.

They’re also extremely effective at burning calories because, if you don’t use the rail support, you’re lifting your entire body weight with every step you take. Steppers are also fairly simple to use and everyone is familiar with climbing stairs so there is no learning curve to worry about.

If you’re looking for the perfect last minute gift for a fitness fanatic you cannot go wrong with the options we’ve listed above. These are all affordable commercial grade machines that can easily fit into even the smallest of home gyms. We hope you have a happy holidays!

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