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We specialize in creating gym packages for those looking to buy in bulk. We have experience outfitting a variety of gym facilities, including gyms, health clubs, recreation centers, apartments, hotels, schools, universities, corporate facilities, country clubs, rehabilitation centers, and more! Choose from our pre-made packages, or customize your own! No matter the situation, we’ll have the perfect package for your needs. Come down to our new larger facility and 10,000 sq. ft. showroom. Call 714-957-2765 for immediate service. We sell all major brands Life Fitness, Precor, Nautilus, Hammer Strength, Muscle D, Cybex, Matrix, Keiser, Technogym and more.

We have assembled a world-class team of gym equipment experts: repair and rebuild technicians, installers, sales people, expert gym planners. Our team is second to none and just one of the great benefits you get by working with us.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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How to put together a gym package

There are literally thousands of different options when it comes to used gym equipment, so putting together a good package for your gym can be quite the Herculean task. Every gym is built differently, not only in size but also in atmosphere and customer base, which can play a factor in choosing the correct equipment. Here are some key aspects of your gym that you should consider first before looking for equipment.


Size of Facility:

The type of fitness equipment a gym purchases is highly dependent on how large the facility is.

Smaller Gyms:

A smaller gym would tend to lean toward all-in-one machines with a small footprint, such as a functional trainer or the Precor AMT, which can serve the functions of other machines. This ensures that the gym-goers can work on all their body parts even in a smaller sized gym.

Larger Gyms:

Larger gyms with more floor space may want to steer clear of all-in-one machines. While they are great for gyms with limited space, people tend to spend more time on them, creating lines for machines. Long lines and waiting for machines cause frustration and can upset your customer base. If your gym has adequate space, then you should opt for single station machines. Allowing gym goers to work on machines that target a specific body part will create less traffic as customers have more machines to choose from.

Customer Base/Location:

There is no one-size-fits-all for gym packages and in addition to the size of the gym, gym owners need to be aware of their target market. For example, if you are in a higher income area then your customer base will most likely expect newer machines with touchscreens or connectivity features. While these machines do cost more, you can compensate by charging higher membership fees. Gyms in lower income areas would most likely not benefit from opting for higher end equipment but rather durable and fundamentally sound equipment in order to keep membership fees down. Before buying equipment for your new potential gym, it is absolutely vital to scout the surrounding area and even other businesses in the vicinity.

Which Cardio Equipment to Buy:

When it comes to cardio, variety is key to a successful gym. While most cardiovascular machines accomplish the same goal of burning calories, people do have preferences for machines.

Treadmills: A successful gym will definitely have at least one treadmill. Treadmills are the most popular fitness equipment due to the calorie burning potential and simplicity of use. Every gym should be equipped with at least two of these no matter your size.

Elliptical Crosstrainers: The second most popular machine at the gym. Every gym, no matter the size, should have at least one elliptical in their lineup for people who wish to have a low-impact cardio workout.

Bikes: Exercise bicycles are also relatively easy to use and low impact, so including both an upright and recumbent bike (if your gym has adequate room) can also help tremendously in shortening the lines for the treadmills and ellipticals. Indoor cycles are also highly popular and very cost effective so buying a few of them would definitely be a great idea. If you can acquire about 10 or 20 indoor cycles, you can hold spinning classes which can generate some additional revenue.

Steppers/Stepmills: Also called StairMasters (in reference to the company that popularized them), steppers and stepmills are on the lower end of the popularity spectrum for gym equipment which is unfortunate because they offer so many benefits. If you are low on space and capital, you can afford to go without a stepper/stepmill.

What Strength Machines to Buy:

Functional Trainers: As we’ve previously stated, functional trainers are essential for smaller gyms or personal training studios because of their versatility. If you are limited on floor space, one functional trainer can take the place of around 10 single station machines.

Plate-loaded equipment: Plate-loaded single station machines are perfect for mid-sized gyms and gyms that cater toward the more “hardcore” customer base. Plate-loaded equipment is much cheaper than single stations because you only need to buy one set of plates that can be transferred from machine to machine. The downside is that your clients need to be strong enough to carry around those plates and it can be time consuming. If you have high traffic, plate loaded machines are not recommended.

Selectorized equipment: Larger and high end gyms should definitely invest in selectorized gym equipment. Selectorized equipment does not use weight plates and all the weight stacks are built in, which allows for more simple and efficient use. Adjustments can also be done without leaving the machine so usage time will be shorter and allows traffic to keep flowing.

Keep in mind that these are just general guidelines and every gym is different. While you are free and encouraged to put together your own gym packages, the experienced crew at Primo Fitness can do all that for you! If you would like us to put together a package for your gym, fill out our gym package request form!

Used Fitness Equipment – International Shipping

Interested in buying some of our used gym equipment to ship overseas but unsure of how the whole process works? We know this can be an extremely complicated process but with Primo Fitness, everything will be a breeze.


  1. The Order

With such a large amount of different products on the market, it can be intimidating knowing what to get and how much of it to buy. Luckily, we have highly skilled and knowledgeable sales representatives that know this equipment inside and out. They have put together dozens of gyms from all different sizes. They have also shipped a large quantity of containers overseas so they are informed of the customs and regulations required to get you your equipment.

A great resource to get a good idea of the type of equipment we have is our dealer inventory. It is updated weekly and has every single item we have in our warehouse.

After speaking to one of our sales representatives, you’ll have an exact idea of the best equipment you can get for your budget and space. We won’t just sell you the most expensive products; we’ll help you find the best equipment in the budget that you set. Once we determine your gym machines, we’ll figure out shipping and give you a sales estimate.

  1. The Shipment

Once the purchasing is done, you will work with our skilled logistics team to set up shipment. You have the option of using your own shipping services or leaving it up to us! We will ensure that everything arrives in perfect working condition.

We don’t just throw your equipment hastily into crates. We wrap it very carefully in shrink and bubble wrap so that your machines will not be damaged in shipping. View the pictures below for how our packaging works.

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  1. The Follow-Up

We don’t disappear on you after you’ve received your equipment. Once you purchase from us, you will always be a customer and we will do everything in our power to make sure that your purchase is everything you expected. We will follow-up with you to make sure that everything you received is in great working condition.

In the future, if any of the machines need maintenance, we have partners who will be able to provide you with parts for wholesale prices. We also have certified technicians on hand if you need advice, tutorials or troubleshooting.

If you have any questions at all about purchasing from us internationally, please contact us at [email protected]“>[email protected] or check out our Contact Us page for other ways to reach out to us!


Essential Fitness Equipment for a Small Home Gym

With thousands of calories ready to be consumed for the holidays and New Year’s resolutions looming around the corner, now is the perfect time to begin planning that home gym. The gyms will be packed around this time and you’ll be fighting for every single machine. You’ll most likely spend more time standing in line for gym machines than actually using them. We discuss the merits of having fitness equipment at home over going to the gym on our FAQ page. Starting a mini-gym in your home can be a daunting task. We know you might now have thousands and thousands of dollars to spend on an entire circuit, so we’ll break down the essential pieces of equipment that you must have in order to get that total workout!


  1. Functional Trainer

The functional trainer is the be-all end-all in all-in-one strength machines. Although functional trainers are generally a little tall, they are wonderful space savers that are absolute musts for home gyms. A functional trainer generally consists of a weight stack (or two) and some cables and pulleys. Some of them also have a chin-up bar attached. They allow for a total body strength workout all in the convenience of using only one machine. Functional trainers not only save you space but also money since this is basically the only strength machine you need if you’re doing the basic fundamental exercises.

Alternatively, if you prefer working with free weights, then it’s best to get a barbell, some dumbbells, a power rack and an adjustable bench. That would be a great set-up for all your strength needs if you do not prefer a functional trainer.

  1. A cardio machine

If you are unsure of which cardio machine is right for you, we have a blog post about it! To sum it up though, all home gyms would feel empty without a great cardio machine. If you are really pressing for space, we highly recommend a spin bike like the Star Trac NXT or another similar indoor cycle like the Matrix Livestrong. Pedaling on a spin bike can be tons of fun and burns a great deal of calories if used in interval training. Alternatively, if you have a little bit more space, a great all-in-one cardio machine is the Precor AMT. The Precor AMT can be used as a standard elliptical, a stepper, or however else you want to use it. It is a very versatile machine.

Pairing a cardio machine with a functional trainer and you’ll have essentially everything you’ll need for a total body workout right in your own home. Of course you are free to expand your gym and get more equipment for more options. Luckily, we sell everything here at Primo Fitness.

How to Lease Gym Equipment

When opening a new gym or when replacing fitness equipment, one of the first questions to owners should ask is whether they should buy used gym equipment or lease gym equipment. There are advantages and disadvantages to each, primarily depending on your amount of capital and how you wish to run your gym. Fortunately we offer both options so we can break down the pros and cons of both options.


Leasing Fitness Equipment


Leasing fitness equipment is easily the most cost effective option in the short run. It does not require a huge upfront cost and generally down payment is quite manageable or even nonexistent. Starting up a brand new gym requires hefty capital and new owners need to save every bit of capital when starting out.

Another benefit of leasing equipment is that you are not tied down to the equipment. It is much simpler to change out your equipment every few years if you are on a lease as opposed to having to sell all your old equipment and buying new one. Upgrading equipment every few years also keeps your customers happy and impressed. You’ll always stay up to date with all the latest equipment and maintenance costs will be lower since you’re consistently getting new equipment and not old ones more prone to breaking.


A disadvantage is that you won’t technically be owning the gym equipment, which may be a problem for some. Once a lease expires, you have the option of returning the equipment, trading it in for an upgrade, or having to negotiate a buyout to own the equipment.

Another disadvantage is that leasing equipment will be more expensive in the long run. Leasing equipment offers great flexibility but it comes at a cost. You will also be paying monthly fees which may bother owners month to month. If worse comes to worse and your gym fails, it is much more difficult to negotiate out of a lease as opposed to just selling equipment that you own.

Buying Fitness Equipment


The greatest advantage of buying used gym equipment is that there are no ongoing costs. It may be pricier upfront but there are no worries about monthly payments cutting into expenses. There are no interest charges or other fees if you flat out purchase and pay for the equipment up front. It is also great because you have full ownership of these machines and you can sell it whenever you wish to.

You can also generally find much better deals when purchasing equipment as opposed to leasing.


It is much more expensive upfront. For owners just opening a gym, this can be a huge burden while trying to get their business up and running. Like most products, gym equipment depreciates in value once it sets foot on your floor. If you have regrets, you may lose money selling it back.

Gym equipment is consistently advancing so owners who buy gym equipment will find it more difficult to upgrade their equipment due to the cost. This could possibly upset gym goers if the machines are outdated compared to other gyms.


Both options have their pros and cons and it all varies depending on how much capital you have and how you want to run your business. Fortunately Primo Fitness offers both options, from leasing to buying equipment. Still not sure what you want to do? Give us a call at 714-957-2765 or contact us at [email protected]!

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