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We want to show you how to better your health through fitness. Whether it is proper usage of fitness equipment or specific tips on workouts, our expert knowledge will have the answers you need. We would love to be a part of your new fitness regimen, providing all of your new & used fitness equipment. Call us at (714) 957-2765 or visit our new 10,000 square foot fitness equipment showroom in Santa Ana, CA. We serve client across the entire United States and Internationally.

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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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.

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!

9 Key Tips to Buying a Treadmill

If you’re in the market for a used treadmill, the first question you ask yourself is probably “what to look for when buying a treadmill”? There are dozens and dozens of different treadmill brands in gyms and stores, so we’ve give you some quick tips on how to choose the best model for yourself.

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  1. Figure out what you will be using your treadmill for. Walking, jogging, running or maybe all of them? Different treadmills have different built in programs that cater to certain crowds.
  1. Test out different treadmills at the gym. The best way to ensure that you like a treadmill is to actually use it.
  1. Research entertainment options. Some treadmills have televisions built in with their own channels and programming system. Others have iPod and phone connectivity. Newer model treadmills even come with built in touchscreens.
  1. Set a budget. Home units can range from $100-$500 depending on them brand, model and features. Commercial grade units retail from $5,000-$10,000 but used models can be found for $500-$1,000 if you find the right place.
  1. Pay close attention to the size of the treadmill and if it will fit in your home. The footprint of a treadmill varies greatly and you want to be sure that it will fit comfortably in your home. Also research whether you have the proper electrical configurations for your treadmill since some units require dedicated lines.
  1. Decide on whether you want a commercial grade or retail unit. This varies upon your budget and how often you plan to use your machine. If you are a casual exerciser who is anticipating on using their treadmill around two to three times a week, then a home treadmill would be more than enough. Otherwise, you should opt for a commercial grade treadmill. Commercial grade treadmills are the same models that are found in the gym meaning they are more durable and have better parts. They are usually a few hundred dollars more than retail units but can be found heavily discounted if bought used.
  1. Look up different brands. There are many different brands of treadmills on the market so it is important to do extensive research on each of them. Precor and Life Fitness are two of the leaders in treadmill manufacturing and you can’t go wrong with any of their units.
  1. Consider if you want incline. Incline can make a world of difference between treadmills. If you are a more casual runner then you can afford to buy a treadmill without an incline/decline feature. More experienced fitness fanatics and people who crave variety in their cardio should look for a unit with incline options which can increase intensity and even simulate hiking.
  1. Look at fitness tracking and programs. Most treadmills come with built-in displays that can tell you information such as calories burned, distance run, time of exercise, power output and much more. Some treadmills also come with heart rate monitors built into the handrails. If you don’t enjoy monotonous one speed running, some treadmills also come with programs that can vary your workout.

These are the most crucial factors you should consider when buying a treadmill. Once you’ve figured out what you want in yours, browse our selection of commercial treadmills!

7 ways to avoid fitness equipment related injuries

Recent reports of a hotel guest having his head stuck in some gym equipment in Fort Lauderdale Beach may have spurred fears of the dangers of fitness equipment. Fitness equipment and working out in general can be quite dangerous if exercisers are not informed about proper technique and safety guidelines.

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Here at Primo Fitness, we want people to be able to exercise and meet their fitness goals without fear of injuries. Not working out due to a fear of being hurt by fitness equipment is not a valid excuse. While the body is very versatile, there are certain ways to move which are much more biomechanically sound. We’ve compiled seven of our best tips to help you avoid injuries in the gym.

  1. Warm up

Cold muscles are tighter and less mobile, leaving them more prone to tearing and injuries. A warm-up is exactly what it sounds like, moving to raise your body temperature which increases blood flow to the muscles. Light cardio such as a jog, some bicycle riding or jumping jacks are a great way to warm- up and prevent injuries. Also remember to always do a warm-up before stretching.

  1. Stretch

Stretching should always come after a warm-up. Stretching helps to relax and elongate muscles which make them more effective for weight lifting. After warming up and stretching, muscles also become more pliable and injury-resistant. Stretching should also be done in between sets to shake out some of the lactic acid and increase circulation. Finally, stretching should be performed at the conclusion of your workout to prevent soreness.

  1. Have correct technique and proper form

Hands down the most common injuries in the gym come from weight training with poor form. Just by moving in general you are prone to pulling or tearing a muscle, but adding weights to the equation makes it much more likely if you don’t know what you’re doing. Before you even attempt a workout and some weightlifting, research online and watch some videos on how to properly perform it. Even if you are using an exercise machine, which are designed to help you perform the correct motion, read the instructions  that are usually on the machine or look up some videos on how to use it. By having correct form, not only will you avoid injuries, you will also benefit much more from the workout and reach your fitness goals more quickly.

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  1. Don’t try to lift too much weight

There’s a fine line between pushing yourself to the limit and overdoing it. Many injuries, especially on gym machines, are suffered because the user tried to lift too many weights. It’s always tempting to one-up where the person before you put the pin, but everyone is at a different fitness level and should only lift as much weight as they can without risking injury. If you can’t lift weights without jerking or being in control of it on its way down, then you should lower how much you’re lifting.

  1. Have a spotter

When you’re trying to discover your limits and find out how much weight is too much, it is absolutely essential to have a spotter. If you are using free weights instead of a fitness machine, a spotter is necessary for advanced squatting and bench pressing. During a good workout, you’re bound to miss a rep and that is when your spotter should spring into action to protect you from injuries. A competent and alert spotter can prevent disastrous injuries caused by weights falling on top of you.

  1. Don’t train too often

Training can be addictive. When you’re seeing results you’ll want to hit the gym hard every day to keep the momentum going. In order for your muscles to grow they must first heal. Training more than 5 days in a row can be detrimental and it is recommended that you take a day to rest and recover. When you train too hard and too often, your muscles are depleted. In this weakened state they are much more susceptible to injuries.

  1. Hydrate

Humans are around 60% water so of course hydration is the key to being healthy and injury free. You lose a ton of water through sweat by working out so you always need to stay hydrated before, during and after exercise. When you are dehydrated, you are unable to perform correctly and think clearly so you’re more prone to make mistakes and hurt yourself.

Even though fitness machines are designed for safety, they can still be dangerous without the proper knowledge and preparation. We hope these tips can help you reach your fitness goals without hurting yourself or getting stuck somewhere you don’t want to be.

 

 

5 Different Ways to Use a Treadmill

The treadmill is one extremely fundamentally sound machine. It certainly has the easiest learning curve among gym machines and there’s not much you can do wrong. You literally stand on a machine and run in place. While the treadmill is perfect for cardiovascular training and running, some people might wonder if there’s something more. Is there truly a next level for the treadmill?

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We believe there is. You can do much more on a treadmill than straight forward running. Please take not that these are highly advanced moves though. Do not attempt them if you are a novice. You must become one with the treadmill in order to execute some of these atypical treadmill exercises.

  1. Running backwards

Running backwards on a treadmill may look a little silly in the gym, but improving your leg muscles is no joke. Running backwards actually uses different muscles than running forward. Forward running mainly puts pressure on the hamstring and knees while backwards running strengthens your calves, quads and shins. This actually balances out your muscles and increases mobility overall.

You may have also noticed that running backwards is far more difficult than running forwards. This increased difficulty actually helps you burn more calories in a shorter amount of time than straight running. Some estimates even put running backwards as burning five times more calories. You will also strengthen your core and abdominal muscles because you’re forced to stand upright when running backwards.

  1. Running sideways

If running backwards is a little too extreme at the moment, you can always reduce your rotation by 90 degrees and do some side stepping on your treadmill.  Besides being a fun novelty, sideways shuffling works your hips, inner and outer thighs, calves and abs. If it’s too challenging at first, you can hold onto the rails but gradually move away from doing so to improve your posture and form. Switch sides to in order to work your entire body equally.

  1. Run on the treadmill when it isn’t on

If you’re a fan of saving electricity and intense workouts, this is the perfect way to use your treadmill once in a while. Just turn your treadmill off and start running like usual. The friction caused by having to move the belt with your own power will increase the intensity of your workout ten-folds. Feel free to use the handles in order to generate enough force to move the belt.

  1. Use the incline feature to simulate a hike

If your treadmill has an incline feature, this would be a great time to use it. Some treadmills also have consoles that have hikes built in. If not, you can gradually increase the incline of your treadmill over time to simulate hiking. You can also bring your hiking gear along with you and play some nature sounds to get the full experience.

  1. Throw your hands in the air and proceed to not care

Treadmill workouts don’t have to be purely lower body. There are many great ways that you can get your arms involved while using a treadmill. Even just putting your hands above your head can increase your heart rate which in turn burns more calories. It also looks like you’re celebrating your new found mastery of the treadmill.

We hope that these tips can spice up your treadmill usage life a little bit. Want to try out these techniques in the comfort of your own home? Well we sell tons of commercial grade treadmills for wholesale prices!

 

How to get a beach body in 21 days in 3 steps

We know the term “beach body” is entirely arbitrary and everyone has their own definition on how much definition it takes to be defined as a beach body. Whether you just want to lose a little bit of the jiggle or get a toned six-pack, we’ll show you the steps that can propel your forward on your quest for the summer body you desire. It takes 21 days, approximately, to form a habit. So if you follow your routine and steps we’ve outlined, you’ll develop great new habits and an overall healthier lifestyle. It’s not going to be an easy path, but with proper motivation and information it is entirely possible.

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  1. Set your goal

Here’s the deal:

Just because we can’t put a definition on beach body doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. If you want to strive for your beach body, you have to not only imagine it in your head, but make it a tangible goal with numbers attached.

Want to be toner? Lose fat. What to get washboard abs or a six-pack? Lose fat. No matter your goal and where your fitness level is, we’re almost entirely sure that your goal will involve losing fat. Contrary to popular belief, measuring your weight isn’t a great indicator of fat loss. While you burn fat, you can also be gaining muscle, which weighs more than fat. So even if the scales say you’ve gained weight you may be making progress toward your goal.

A great way to measure progress is to measure your body fat by using body fat measuring calipers. The higher your body fat percentage, the easier it is to lower it initially. For example, if you are at 25% body fat, you can safely lower your percentage by around 2% every two weeks if you are extremely dedicated.

After the 21 days:

The best way to see if you met your goal is to look in the mirror and see if you’re happy with your body. If not, keep going. If you are, keep going to maintain it. Even when you’ve met one goal, you should set another. Complacency leads to relapse. Use it or lose it, basically.

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  1. Make a routine and follow it

To be successful, you’ll have to literally eat, sleep and breathe fitness. The two main components to transforming your body are your diet and workout routine. A synergy between the two will be optimal and allow you to reach your goals much more quickly.

Diet:

You’ve probably always heard people tell you to “eat clean” but what exactly does that mean? I guess it’s time for a mini-list then

  1. Avoid processed food – this is usually the food you can buy in the grocery stores with the colorful fancy packaging. If there’s a long list of ingredients that you can’t pronounce in it, you should steer clear. Most fast food is also considered processed food and contains an overdose of bad fats and sodium.
  2. Cut down on the saturated fat – we mentioned bad fats and saturated fats are exactly that. Saturated fats are generally found in red meats, butter, cheese, etc. You want to ditch these for quality healthy fat that raise your good HDL cholesterol. You can find these in olive oil, nuts and avocados.
  3. Basically anything on this list of healthy bodybuilding food is good.
  4. While we’re on the topic of good food, here’s a list of food that you should eat before and after working out.
  5. Finally, we know it might be rough, but you have to lay off the booze. It’s empty calories and also dehydrates you. A glass of wine a day is fine but you should avoid those blackout nights if you want to get your beach body in a timely manner.

While it is great to eat clean and healthy foods, you don’t have to eliminate everything you love from your diet. The key is moderation, but don’t reward yourself after ever workout with a donut or sweets. If you completely abstain from the foods you love you’re likely to binge so do allow yourself to eat what you like occasionally.

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Working Out:

We can’t give you a be-all end-all workout that’ll launch you to the body you want. Everybody and every body is different so we can’t just give you a one routine fits all workout plan. We highly recommended that you find a certified trainer to help tailor a workout. If you don’t want to go the trainer route, we do have some general tips.

  1. Fat burning – While it does and probably will lead to weight loss, fat reduction is probably a better term and what you should be aiming for. Cardio machines such as treadmills and elliptical are good for pure fat burning purposes.
  2. Burn and tone – They may not burn as quickly or be as fun as a treadmill or elliptical, stepmills and rowers are monsters in term of both fat burning and strengthening. The stepmill will help tone your legs while the rowing machine will build some definition in your arms, core (including abs) and legs.
  3. Build some strength – Cardio is a vital aspect to getting the body you want, but it definitely can’t be done as well without some strength training. Using free weights to train functional muscles will not only help with definition, it’ll make your everyday life that much easier. If you want to specifically isolate certain body parts, weight machines will be your best bet.

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3.    Believe in yourself

Yes, we went there. Outside of all the dieting and working out, you have to remember what you’re doing this for. Find your motivation, remember your motivation and allow it to help you push through the rough times. If this were easy, everybody would be doing it. It’s not going to be a cakewalk (especially since you can’t have cake) but the rewards will be more than worth it. You’ll be able to proudly look in the mirror and visibly see the results of your labor. You’ll also live longer which is also a nice little perk.

Whatever your perfect beach body looks like, just know that it is humanly possible to reach your goal. We hope that these tips and guidance can help you on your way to frolic in the water and build castles confidently.

How to maintain your gym equipment

Once you’ve bought some great fitness equipment (hopefully from us), you’re probably going to want to keep it in great shape. In order to keep your gym machines in top form, you’ll need to do regular maintenance. Not only will regular maintenance keep your equipment looking great and functioning properly, it will also keep your resell value high in case you ever want to upgrade (or sell your equipment to us, we do that too).

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Here are some tips on how to maintain your gym equipment:

Daily Tasks:

  • Wipe down the upholstery and anywhere a regular user would touch the machine. Try your best to use a disinfectant that is unscented and free of harsh chemicals. Some of your clients may have sensitivities and allergies so it is best to steer clear from alcohol and ammonia.
  • Every machine should be wiped down daily before closing your gym/facility (seats, backrests, handles, etc.)

Weekly Tasks:

  • Go through your machines and check for any physical damage including cracks in the shroud, fraying of cables, loose parts, etc. If you find any of these issues, you should repair them immediately for the safety of your clients. If you do not have the parts on hand, take the machine out of commission to avoid injuries and further damage.
  • Lubricate belts if they are squeaking
  • Test the pins on your selectorized weight machines. Place the pins in each weight section and make sure that they move up and down smoothly. If not, find the problem and fix it.
  • Check the upholstery on your strength machines and make sure that there are no rips and cracks. If there are, fix the problem immediately to prevent further damage.

Monthly Tasks:

  • Test cardio units to make sure that there are no major problems such as excessive noise or any loose moving parts
  • Test the functions of your cardio machines to make sure that all electronic features are functional
  • Lubricate and grease any machines that require it
  • Inspect bearings and bushings to make sure that they are all working properly

Going through this checklist should aid you in keeping your gym equipment in top shape. A well maintained gym will not only attract new clients but also retain old ones. Although it may be a little work, it is well worth the effort.

 

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.

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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!

How to Train for a Marathon

The weather warming up and the skies getting clearer is a tell-tale sign that marathon season is beginning to ramp up. Just because thousands of people are participating in marathons every year doesn’t mean that they’re easily finished. Even for trained runners, marathons push bodies to the absolute limits and more. In order to prepare yourself both physically and mentally, we’ve prepared a few tips and pointers that you should keep in mind.

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  1. Find your motivation

When you’re on your last legs and feel like you’ve hit the wall, your motivation for taking on this marathon is what will push you to the finish line. There are dozens of reasons why people partake in marathons. Some do it because they want to take it as a personal challenge to test their limits and gauge their fitness capacities. Many also run for a great cause, such as raising money for charity or trying to inspire others. There’s also the ever popular option of doing it to lose weight, which is very effective because you’ll shed a large amount of weight during the entire training process and the marathon itself. Whatever your motivation is, make sure that it’s solid because it is absolutely vital in pushing you toward your goal.

  1. Find your starting limits

Whether you’re an experienced runner or a novice to the art of moving your feet quickly, you have to establish a baseline and see how much you can run at your current state. There are many fitness trackers that can measure distance or you can go to your local track and run until you can run no more. Once you’ve seen what you can do, formulate a plan on how to gradually build up to the 26.2 miles, emphasis on gradually.

  1. Create a training schedule

If you are not an experienced runner, it is recommended that you train at least a year in advance before a marathon. To be successful, you have to consistently run at least 20-30 miles a week comfortably before you should consider committing to a training program for a marathon run. Also if you’re not an experienced runner, you should strongly consider training for and running a few shorter races such as a 5K, 10K or a half marathon.

The key is to not get too anxious and start adding mileage too soon. Gradual progression makes you feel like you’re not even running that much more each time. It also reduces the risk of overtraining and injuries which can be major setbacks and harmful to the progress you’ve already made. You should be able to run at least 40 miles a week for a little over a month before you are in prime marathon shape.

Scheduling:

You need to build your weekly base mileage over time, but you also need adequate rest. It is a delicate balance but a good rule of thumb is that you should only be running three to five times a week in order to allow enough time for recovery.

Between your regular runs, plan for one long distance run every 7-10 days that gradually increase by a mile or two every week. After every third week or so, scale back the long run by a few miles in order to let your body adequately recover. Your long runs should be done at a slower comfortable pace in order to build confidence and let your body adjust.

Additional Cardio Training:

Although long distance runs are great, you can further increase your capabilities by mixing in other cardio exercises. Many treadmills offer interval training options that will increase your stamina and train your body to take in oxygen more efficiently. You can also do interval running yourself by mixing in sprints with jogging.

  1. Prepare for race day

The couple of weeks before your marathon you should begin to taper down your training regime. Let your body fully recover and be in prime shape for the upcoming marathon. Although there are hydration stations all along your marathon route, many runners opt to take their own water. It can get tiring running with a bottle in your hand so we suggest a hydration belt. Make sure to train with this belt on in order to get used to the feeling.

Along with liquids, you will also need other substances for nutrition during the race itself. Carbohydrates are the key to refueling and different manufacturers create gels or energy bars that can be easily consumed and digested during a race.

You should have fined tuned your strategies during the lengthy training process so don’t do anything drastically different on the day of the race. Put Vaseline on spots prone to chafing, eat a high carbohydrate breakfast a few hours before, dress appropriately and believe in yourself.

What Fitness Equipment to Buy

Buying fitness equipment is no simple task and since good commercial grade machines cost in the hundreds, you should really take your time before purchasing. Once you’ve decided that you’re in the market for some high quality gym equipment, the next step is to decide what to buy. Before you start diving in and researching what brands and models are the best, there are a few questions you should ask yourself.

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  1. What are my fitness goals?

There are many different types of machines on the market, many of which are highly specialized so it’s important to know what you’re trying to accomplish before buying a machine. The most common fitness goal is weight loss and fat burning. The other major one is to build strength or bulk up and get bigger. Many also train for a specific sport or an event such as a marathon or triathlon. There are an endless amount of fitness goals to reach but we’ll give you our suggestions for some of the most common ones.

Weight Loss

The key to losing weight is getting your heart-rate up and burning calories. Although building muscle through strength machines will accelerate this process, this is best accomplished through the usage of cardio machines. We’ve previously written an article on which cardio machines are best for weight loss, but we will quickly summarize which machines you’ll want to research in order to lose weight.

Treadmills – They’re the easiest to use and burn the largest amount of calories if you run at a high enough speed. Treadmills use the natural movement of running so it is every effective for making everyday activities much easier. This is also a high impact cardio machine which means you’re bearing your entire bodyweight which increases how many calories you burn. For a more intense workout you can also increase the speed and incline.

Ellipticals – Elliptical crosstrainers are the most popular alternative to the treadmill because it is low impact and won’t put as much damage on your joints. Ellipticals can also be great for weight loss because some models have movable arms allowing for a full body workout.

Stepmills – Stepmills are not only great for burning calories, but also for toning your legs. If your treadmill does not have an incline feature, the stepmill is a great alternative and is also low impact. The stepmill forces you to support your entire bodyweight if you don’t use the handrails to assist you. We’ve also written a more detailed report of the benefits of a stepmill.

Strength Building

If you’re looking to build strength, besides a good diet, the main equipment you’ll be using are strength machines or free weights. There are advantages to using both if you’re looking to build strength.

Free Weights – Free weights are great for training functional movements. Functional movements are moves that you perform in everyday activities and athletics. Free weights are essential in sports training because not only does it build strength, it also improves your stability. The disadvantage of free weights is that you need knowledge of proper technique and exercises in order to receive maximum benefit and not injure yourself. Free weights also require a spotter if you are lifting large amounts of weight.

Weight Machines – Weight machines (or strength machines) can be used by anyone but are especially useful for beginners. They’re easy to learn and generally have pictures on them to demonstrate how to properly use the machine. Weight machines also isolate muscles for effectively which is important for body builders who are aiming for aesthetic. Weight machines also do not require you to have a spotter. For more specifics on which body parts each weight machine targets, visit our fitness equipment glossary.

  1. What brand should I go with?

In terms of commercial grade fitness, the two biggest names in the industry are Life Fitness and Precor. Their spot at the top is well deserved as both brands consistently deliver high quality and innovative fitness equipment. Brands in general though are up to preference. The most logical course of action would be to go to a gym and test out the machines to find which brand you prefer. In terms of cardio, Precor and Life Fitness are the most common and popular machines along with Star Trac and Technogym. Hammer Strength is easily the most popular brand for strength machines but due to their durability and high quality, they are hard to come by on the secondary market.

  1. What condition equipment should I buy?

If you are purchasing from Primo Fitness, our equipment comes in three conditions, working as-is, serviced and cleaned and remanufactured. Working as-is condition is how we receive the equipment from the gym. This could vary based on how heavily used it was at the club, but we always go through the machines to make sure that they are in good working condition. Note that these are commercial grade machines so they are built to be extremely durable. A single individual or a couple would be fine going with a working as-is condition unit and save a ton of cash doing so.

Serviced and cleaned and remanufactured are more for trainer who own fitness clubs or commercial gyms. Individuals can opt for serviced and cleaned though which entails some replacement of parts. For more information on the service and cleaning process and remanufacturing process click the links.

These are some of the questions that you definitely need to ask yourself before purchasing fitness equipment. Overall, the most important factor is to actually try out the machines and see if you enjoy them. Our warehouse is open to the public and we do allow you to test out our equipment, so stop on by and we can help you meet your fitness goals!

How to Open a Gym

Love fitness and want to make a living out of it? There is no better way than to open a gym and share your love for working out and helping others get in shape. But like opening any other type of business, opening your own gym or fitness studio can be a daunting task. It will most likely be the most challenging, financially and mentally, project of your life so it’s important to have a detailed plan in place.

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1.Have a vision

Before you get down to the nitty gritty details of opening a gym, you need to have a vision of what you want to create at the end of it. All gyms are not created equally and there are many different kinds of gyms. There are small fitness studios, hardcore garage gyms, gyms that cater toward the elderly and many others. In order to figure out what gym would be best for you, scout out possible locations.

2.Find a suitable location

An easy to reach, easily seen location is absolutely vital for a gym. In order to have the most success, you need to analyze all the demographics of your surrounding area including the average age, income, competitors and much more. Get to know the landscape so you know what kind of gym you can open.

3.Get the legal work out of the way

Lawyers may be costly, but they’re absolutely essential when starting out a business. Legal paperwork is all about the details and hiring a quality lawyer will help you navigate all the forms and filing and maybe even save you some money with loopholes. You’ll have to apply for a business license first and the qualifications and applications vary state by state. Sometimes you’ll also have to apply for both a local and state business license. There is also a chance of injuries occurring in your gym, so you will also have to apply for gym insurance.

4.Raise the capital

The entire cost of opening a gym can range in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, which many do not have on hand. You can always attempt to persuade investors to provide capital for your business or go to your bank for a loan. You will need a detailed business plan on how your business will be successful and quickly make profit.

5.Buy some equipment for your gym

This is our favorite part. There are many options when it comes to equipping your gym. You can buy new equipment, which is extremely costly but if you’re in an upscale neighborhood and your locals demand only the best, you can go with this route. You would have to charge a much higher membership fee though to compensate. You can also lease the equipment, which many gyms do. The downside is that this is just a rental and you never truly get to own the equipment, so if you eventually want to consider selling your gym you won’t have the equipment to make some money back from. Finally, there is the option of buying used gym equipment. Buying commercial grade equipment and having it serviced and cleaned or remanufactured will ensure that your machines will last and you will actually own them. If you need assistance with this, we put together gym packages for fitness facilities of any size.

6.Hire quality trainers

Without a doubt, good trainers are an extremely valuable asset for your gym. Many members are willing to pay for the services of a qualified trainer and will repeatedly return to your gym if the trainer is outstanding. Trainers not only help with how to perform exercises, they also help with diet and motivation. Make sure your trainers are certified and have a great track record and positive client reviews.

These are just a few of the key points you should consider when planning to open your gym. There are hundreds of little details that you have to make sure to cover, but if you hire the right help you should be fine. If you need free consultation, we have experts that have helped open many gyms. You can contact them by sending an email to [email protected]“>[email protected]

3 Ways to keep up the Intensity During a Workout

So you’ve dragged yourself all the way to the gym, which is great, but it’s only half the battle. In order to reach your fitness goals, going through the motions will not be enough. Exercising with intensity will not only help you reach your goals much more quickly, it will improve your overall health and fitness by a large margin. After reaching exhaustion, being able to push through for a few more reps can make your workout that much more satisfying. Not only that, it is absolutely vital to keep your focus and intensity up during your regular reps to reap the full benefits of your workout. Here are some tips on how to keep focused and intense throughout the duration of your workout.

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  1. Listen to some intense tunes

Listening to music provides many great benefits when working out. The primary effect is that music offers a distraction, but not the harmful kind. Music distracts the user from their physical exertion and pain. Music also improves performance, especially if it’s faster music in the 120-140 beats per minute range. If you’re looking for increased performance, be sure to strap on your earphones and pump your playlist with some quality music.

  1. Have a predetermined number of reps and sets

Many people like to come to the gym and work themselves to exhaustion, which is fine and you will get results working that way. Once you’ve started to get a good idea of how many reps and sets it takes to get you to exhaustion, create a set plan on how many sets you have to do and add more sets after that. Having a set number that you have to reach will help push you to your limits and motivate you to surpass them. It is also good to keep track so you can gauge your improvement.

  1. Hire a trainer (or bring a motivational friend)

This goes along with the principle of accountability. People are definitely more inclined to work harder if there is actually someone there watching them and making sure that they’re working hard. A person trainer will also have a predetermined routine for you so the investment is definitely worth it. A friend can also do a great job at motivation, but you have to be careful that you don’t get too chatty and ignore your routine.

Even though it is important to keep up the intensity and train until exhaustion, there is a point where you can overtrain and harm yourself. If you feel pain and not soreness, stop immediately and check with your physician. Hopefully these tips help you reach your fitness goals in no time!

Should you exercise in the cold?

Winter is slowly yet surely rolling in and dropping temperatures all across the United States. While it is tempting to bundle up and stay indoors with a nice cup of hot cocoa, humans aren’t really built to hibernate. It is still as important as ever to keep moving and fit routine exercise into your schedule. This is fully possible in an indoor environment such as a gym or a garage, but many fitness fanatics like to mix in outdoor exercises in their routine for some fresh air and a change of scenery. But how should your outdoor exercise routine change when the weather turns frigid and freezing?

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When is it too cold to exercise?

The human body is actually quite resistant to cold. That’s not to say that you should be running around the snow in a t-shirt and shorts, but with proper clothing and gear, even the exploration of the North and South Pole have been fully possible. The temperature at the poles can reach -45 °F and if humans can explore such a climate, then anywhere else where people normally inhabit should not be an issue with proper preparation. A more everyday example demonstrating that people can function in the cold are snow sports such as snowboarding and skiing.

It is important to note that if you are planning to work out in temperatures where snow is possible (below 32 degrees Fahrenheit) then you should be healthy with no significant health issues (such as asthma or heart disease) and be used to cold temperatures. Southern California natives who began working out last month should definitely think twice about jumping out in the freezing cold for a quick jog right away.

Even if you are accustomed to the cold, you need to dress warmly. Contrary to popular belief, we do not lose the most heat through our heads. You will lose heat through any exposed areas of your body, so headwear is still very important. In colder weather, circulation to your finger tips and toes suffer from a lack of circulation so it is vital to wear thick socks and gloves to keep your hands and feet warm and dry. You will also need a moisture-wicking base layer in order to keep sweat off your skin. If you wear a non-sweating wicking material, the sweat will stay on your skin and cause your body to stay cold and you will become sick.

Around -18-degrees Fahrenheit and below are when the risk of frostbite and hypothermia increase so be wary of venturing out when temperatures dip that low. Also be careful when checking the weather to pay attention to the wind because it could add additional issues.

Working out in the cold and snow is definitely possible but you must remember to bundle up properly, head to toe, with material that wicks sweat and allows your body to breathe. If you do not want to deal with all these issues, you can always buy some gym equipment and set up a home gym. A home gym located in your warm comfy home.

How to Sell Used Gym Equipment

Sitting on a pile of commercial grade fitness equipment and have no idea what to do with it? This is not a common everyday problem for most people, but if you ever find yourself in this predicament, we have just the blog post for you. If you are in possession of commercial gym equipment that you want to sell, you’re most likely the owner of a gym that’s either closing or moving. Commercial gym equipment doesn’t come cheap so it’s great to be able to reclaim some capital by selling your fitness equipment to us. Here’s how you do that:

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1) Create an inventory list of your equipment. This should include quantity, model type and number, brand and condition.

2) Check to see if your equipment is working or not. Even if some of your machines are not functional, we may still purchase them or offer to take them for you.

3) Take some great pictures. It is very difficult to determine whether we want to purchase equipment or not unless we can see it. If your equipment is across the country, the only way we can make a final purchasing decision is with some quality photographs.

Once you’ve gather up all this information and send it to us, this is where we will get to work. First, we’ll assess the condition of the machines and make a buying decision from that point. If we approve, we will send an offer and discuss terms. If you approve of the proposal, we will then make arrangements to stop by your location and extract your machines.

That’s the general process on how you can sell your used commercial grade gym equipment to us. If you are interested in our Gym Equipment Buyback program, please visit our page and fill out the form:

Selling Your Used Gym Equipment? We do Buybacks!

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution – Fitness Edition

We all know it’s coming, the infamous “I’m going to lose weight next year!” followed by two weeks of going to the gym. Millions struggle with this resolution of fitness year after year but there is a way to escape the trap. It’s a psychological battle to break old habits and form new ones but with these simple steps, you can be on your way to fulfilling your fitness resolutions.

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  1. Set a concrete goal

Don’t make a general abstract goal like “I’m going to get in better shape” or “I’m going to lose weight,” which are almost impossible to track. The key is to create a quantifiable measure of fitness such as “lose 50 pounds” or “run a mile in nine minutes” which are attainable and you can track your progress leading up to it.

  1. Set small incremental goals

Let’s use the goal of “lose 50 pounds” in our previous example. This is a very difficult and intimidating goal if we are to look at only the ultimate goal. To make it less daunting, you can break it up into smaller more immediately attainable goals. You can set goals like “lose 10 pounds a month” and break those into even smaller bite sized goals like “lose 3 pounds this week.” It’ll give you the feeling of gratification and will motivate you to continue the progress.

  1. Have a plan

You’re not going to be very successful on your fitness journey if you’re just winging it and making everything up as you go. It is absolutely vital to have a detailed plan both for your workouts and your diet. It may be a little costly at first, but consider investing in a personal trainer to help you figure out a training regiment and a meal plan. There are also a plethora of sources online, but make sure that they’re credible because utilizing them.

  1. Make it easy

Do everything in your power to make working out and eating healthy as convenient as possible for you. Many meals can be prepared and frozen or refrigerated and last for the entire week. Packing your own lunch and having dinner already set up every day will eliminate the temptation to eat or eat unhealthy food.

It is a fact that January will be extremely busy for gyms all around the country. You’re likely to spend more time waiting in line for the machines you want to use than actually using them. To combat this you can buy fitness equipment for your home. You will not reach your goals if you’re dreading going to the gym, trying to find parking, and fighting the crowds just to work out. Luckily for you, we have tons of fitness equipment in stock! Apologies for the cheap plug.

No matter what your resolutions are, whether they are fitness related or not, if you follow these steps you’ll be well on your way to reaching your goals.

Should You Exercise in the Rain?

In every sports movie there’s always the dramatic scene of the team practicing intensely with the rain pouring down on them while they’re doing push-ups in the mud. While it certainly does make for a great drama, you may be wondering if it is really beneficial or even safe to exercise in the rain. It is a common myth that being outside in the cold and rain will cause you to catch a cold or the flu. You have to be in contact with a virus in order get a cold or the flu. It has also been found that, surprisingly, working out in the rain can actually be beneficial, specifically in increase fat burning. We’ll get into further detail.

Working out in the rain hinders athletic performance but burns more calories

What this means is that you may not yield the same results, you may run a shorter distance and not as quickly, but you will be working harder. This is mostly due to the colder temperatures which causes a higher level of oxygen consumption, meaning that the body is burning more calories and at a higher rate. The rain is also keeping your body cooler which eliminates the impact of heat stress, which lowers your power output. On the mental side, working out in the rain and cooler temperature also reduces the perception of effort, making it seem like the workout is much easier.

How do I workout in the rain?

Working out in the rain is certainly better than training in dry heat, but it can also have some hazards. First, do not exercise in extremely heavy rains, a light drizzle or sprinkle is fine. If the roads are flooding, you should probably stay off of them.

It is also highly suggested that you purchase waterproof clothing, such as shorts and shirts that can wick off sweat. This will keep it from rubbing against your skin and causing abrasions. You should also get waterproof socks, because wet socks leave you prone to blisters, which is terrible. A hat or a visor is also recommended in order to keep the rain from your face. Wear bright clothing so drivers can see you from a distance and not splash or run you over.

These are just a few tips if you want to work out in dramatic fashion in the rain. If you’re not a fan of it, then we have another suggestion. You can buy fitness equipment from us and workout in any weather in the comfort of your home!

How to Make Your Thanksgiving Healthier

Thanksgiving dinner is usually synonymous with expanding your waistline, but it doesn’t have to be the undoing of all that quality time in the gym. Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t have to be a deadly carb bonanza filled with fattening foods. We’ve listed some great healthy alternative dishes that still have that Thanksgiving spirit without packing on the calories.

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  1. Roasted Turkey Breast

The mainstay centerpiece of Thanksgiving, the beloved turkey, is actually quite healthy when cooked properly. Of course, we’re going to suggest that you go for the low fat, lean breast of the turkey which can be just as juicy as the other parts of the turkey if roasted correctly. To roast your turkey breast, mix up all your favorite herbs (garlic, salt, pepper, thyme, etc.) with some olive oil and lemon juice. Put this mixture between the skin and the meat. Pour some white win in the roasting pan. Roast it at 325 degrees for around two hours or until it is at 165 degrees internally at the thickest part of the meat. Let the turkey rest after roasting before serving.

  1. Mashed Sweet Potatoes

We’ve already written about all the great benefits of sweet potatoes, especially for body-builders, so why not replace the traditional mashed potatoes and gravy with some mashed sweet potato? The recipe for this dish is also ridiculously simple.

First, you need sweet potatoes, about three pounds of them. Boil those potatoes until they are tender, drain the water and let them cool down for a bit outside of the pot. Put half a stick of a light butter alternative in the pot and one sliced banana. Add one cup of orange juice and cook the banana for five minutes. Add in the potato, mash it and add a bit of brown sugar for extra flavoring.

  1. Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut squash is a one of the healthiest and nutritious fruits in the game right now. It not only has a wide variety of vitamins and minerals, but is also loaded with antioxidants. It also has a pretty low calorie count and is high in fiber so you’ll feel fuller without as many calories. A great starter for the big Thanksgiving dinner is butternut squash soup.

For this recipe you’ll need one butternut squash (around two to three pounds is optimal) that is peeled and seeded. You’ll need two tablespoons of a light unsalted butter alternative, one chopped medium onion, six cups of chicken stock, nutmeg and salt and pepper. Cut the squash into small chunks and melt the butter alternative. Throw in the onions until they’re translucent. Add the squash and the chicken stock and simmer until the squash is tender and free of chunks. If there are still chunks of squash, scoop them out, blend them and throw them back in the soup. Sprinkle some salt, pepper and nutmeg and you’ll have a wonderfully warming soup.

 

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.

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Leasing Fitness Equipment

Pros:

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.

Cons:

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

Pros:

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.

Cons:

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.

Conclusion:

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]!

11 Ways to Make your Life More Active

Life can get hectic at times so it may be difficult to get a full blown workout in every single day but there are plenty of little ways you can stay active in everyday life. Even if you are not breaking a sweat, there are still great benefits to getting some extra movement in.

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1. Workout at work

As we’ve previously detailed before, working out at work can be a great way to help energize yourself throughout the work day. Even these micro-workouts can elevate the heart-rate a bit and serve as minor cardio. Besides the exercises we’ve detailed in that post there are many other ways you can get some exercise during your 8 hour day.

1. Take the stairs as often as you can

2. Instead of driving to lunch, take a walk with some coworkers and maybe even have some quality bonding time.

3. If you find yourself constantly using your phone to page your coworkers, try walking to their physical offices instead. Unless the matter is extremely time sensitive, then you should probably stick with using the phone.

4. Encourage social sporting outings after work and maybe even form a team. Or have sporting competitions between departments.

5. If your commute is short enough, you can even ride a bike to work. On that note,

2. Ride your bike 

If you do not have a bicycle, it is well worth it to invest in one. Try to ride is everywhere whenever possible.

3. Let the remote collect dust

Even during your relaxation time, you can find a way to get a little more movement by getting off the couch and manually changing the channels. This also prevents soreness and dangerous conditions which may arise from sitting still for an extended period of time.

4. Clean the house

This piece of advice offers you two great benefits. First, you can easily work up a sweat cleaning up your house by intensely vacuuming or taking mopping to the extreme. The second benefit is that your house will be clean.

5. Find an active hobby

It doesn’t have to be a sport, but sports are a great and fun way to get into shape and stay active. Other active hobbies include carpentry, gardening, wood chopping, biking and many more.

6. Find someone who is active and tag along with them (or make someone active)

Workout partners are the best. Being active is always more fun when you have someone to socialize with and you can hold each other accountable. You can also take your dogs for walks. Dogs are generally always up to be more active.

7. Stand up at work or just whenever possible

As stated before, sitting down can negatively impact health, so if possible, standing at work can help you feel better and more energized throughout the day. There has also been an increase in popularity recently for the desk treadmills. While the technology isn’t quite there yet, standing at work can still help you be a little more active.

8. Dance

Whether it’s at a club or just in your living room, dancing can be an awesome way to burn a few calories. If you have a significant other, take them out to swing dancing or salsa or any of the other festive dances out there. If you don’t have a significant other, there is no shame in dancing alone. Everyone does it.

9. Go shopping

Not online shopping, that doesn’t count. Walking around the mall at a brisk pace can also be a way to move around in a fun environment. Malls are especially great during hot days since they’re air conditioned. Just make sure to keep your credit card at home so you don’t get too tempted by all the goodies.

10. Park far away

When you’re at the mall or anywhere else, try to park a good distance away in order to squeeze in a little more fitness time. Avoid parking a great distance away at night though. That may be harmful.

11. Exercise while doing other stuff

Multitasking is highly recommended if you’re too ridiculously busy to work out all the time.

1. Do wall-sits while brushing your teeth

2. Work while sitting on an exercise ball. Trying to stabilize yourself will work out your core muscles.

3. Ride a stationary bike while reading

4. Ride a stationary bike while watching television

5. Ride a stationary bike while contemplating the true meaning of life

6. Do calf-lifts while standing in line

The possibilities are endless. There are always ways to make everything a little more active. You just have to get creative.

 

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