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How much does it cost to open a gym?

How much does it cost to open a gym?

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

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

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

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

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

Equipment

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

Employees

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

Licenses/Permits

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

Legal Fees

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

Software

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

Conclusion

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

 

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What are the different types of exercise bikes?

Exercise Bikes

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

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

Upright Bikes

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

Recumbent Bikes

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

Indoor Cycles

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

Fan or Air Bike

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

Which Exercise Bike is Best for You?

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

New Gym Equipment Showroom

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

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

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

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

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We are located at:

1909 S. Susan Street

Santa Ana, CA 92704

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

Cardio Machines that Only Use Arms

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

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

Technogym Excite Upper Body Ergometer

Technogym Excite UBE Upper Body Ergometer

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

SciFit Pro1 Upper Body Exerciser

SciFit Pro1 Upper Body Exerciser

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

Matrix Krankcycle

Matrix Krankcycle

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

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

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

What exercise machine is Adele using?

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

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

  1. The cable crossover is ridiculously versatile

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

  1. It’s time efficient

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

  1. It allows you to train natural movements

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

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

Last Minute Christmas Fitness Gift Ideas

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

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  1. Indoor Cycles/Spin Bikes

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

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

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  1. Benches

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

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

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  1. Steppers (Stairstepper)

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

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

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

Exercise Equipment Gift Guide Part 2

For the creative exerciser

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If you have a friend who is always looking for the latest fitness trend and trying some next level exercises, the Precor AMT 885 with Open Stride technology would be the perfect gift for them. It’s never the same workout twice with the versatility of the AMT machines.

While the previous iterations of the Precor AMT (including the 100i and 835) were already extremely versatile, the Open Stride technology in the 885 takes this customizability to another level. The Precor AMT 885 is a low impact machine so it’s not going to put a beating on the user’s knees. Even though it’s low impact, it’ll still burn a ridiculous amount of calories. The built-in programming options allow users of all levels to be able to personalize their workouts to keep them challenged and engaged.

The main draw of this newer model of AMTs is the Open Stride. Exercisers can go from short to long strides, walking to jogging to running, climbing and lunging and even to using it as a stepper. There is no button to press or complicated menus to go through in order to change your stride, the machine adapts to your new movements instantly. Most AMTs also come equipped with the full touchscreen P80 consoles. These consoles will display a Stride Dial which helps the user see their stride and determine which muscle group they’re targeting.

The AMT 885 also comes with movable handlebars so the user will experience a fully body workout. These handlebars are also adjustable so they can be gripped comfortably by exercisers of any size. If you have that one friend who constantly seeks new ways to get fit, you can’t go wrong gifting them a Precor AMT 885 Elliptical Crosstrainer.

Holiday Gym Equipment Gift Guide

There is no greater gift than the gift of health and fitness. Unfortunately, being healthy and fit isn’t a tangible object that can be neatly wrapped up with a bow so the next best thing is gifting someone some quality gym equipment. If you’re new to the world of exercise equipment, finding the perfect gift can be difficult. There are so many models that cater to different exercisers so we’re here to help sort it all out. This is our fitness equipment holiday gift guide!

For the person with limited space:

Not every person has a giant garage to set up a full gym, but there are still many options for the fitness fanatic stuck in a small space. While most commercial grade models are built larger than retail models to increase durability, some companies still create high quality equipment with smaller footprints. On the cardio side, there are two clear options for equipment that can be easily squeezed into a crowded or smaller area.

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Indoor Cycles/Spin Bikes:

We have an in-depth article explaining how to choose the best indoor cycle for your goals. When it comes to both footprint and height, indoor cycles will easily be your most compact option among commercial grade cardio machines. They’re normally a little shorter than four feet tall, around four feet in length and a little over two feet in width. Most of the indoor cycles and spin bikes on the market right now are roughly the same size so you should be safe buying from any of the well known brands such as Star Trac, Keiser, Schwinn or Matrix. Another flip side of purchasing an indoor cycle is that it is the most cost effective commercial gym equipment you’ll find, especially if you buy used. Some of our least expensive models start at only $300 for a bike in guaranteed working condition.

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Cybex Treadmills:

Cybex treadmills are our go-to recommendations for many home gyms because of their compact frame. Our two favorite models that we recommend are the Cybex 550T treadmills and the Cybex 530T treadmills. These have all the standard features that you’d expect from a commercial treadmill (durability, smoothness, fitness tracking, etc.) without the bulky size.

For the tech geeks:

Fitness tracking and electronic read-outs such as calories burned, speed, distance run, etc. have been embedded in cardio machines for over a decade now, but recent advances have pushed gym equipment toward becoming computers that you can work out on. If you need to get a gift for someone who loves technology and exercise, we have some great gift options available.

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Precor 885 series with P80 consoles:

The 885 series is the latest addition to Precor’s impressive cardio line. These cardio machines look quite futuristic with their sleek lines and stylish frame. The shining star of these machines and what will get the tech geeks excited as the P80 consoles that come with them.

We previously compared all the Precor consoles and the P80 is hands down the most advanced. It is a 15” LCD capacitive touch screen console with motion controls. It has advanced electronic readouts for all your complicated fitness tracking needs in both metric and US standard units. It also comes with a variety of different language options. New to this model of consoles is that it is Preva Network Capable. It can connect online for a wide range of different entertainment options. Like the previous models, you can also connect a television with cable.

This is only the first part of our holiday gift guide. Stay tuned for more!

Black Friday Gym Equipment Sale 2015

While our warehouse will be closed on Black Friday, we are still participating with some great bargains on some of our most popular gym equipment. The winter season is when we are at our busiest so our inventory is constantly changing so act quickly if there is a product you want. These deals will only be valid up to Black Friday and will revert to normal prices after.

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Keiser M3 Indoor Cycle

The star of our Black Friday sale is the highly popular and impossible to keep in stock Keiser M3 indoor cycle. This is easily one of our most requested products and usually sells out within a couple of days. The Keiser M3 cycles are well known because they are the indoor cycle of choice for many of the largest commercial gyms. The rise of popular of spinning classes has also contributed to the demand for the Keiser M3s.

These bikes are also sleek in appearance and the magnetic drive ensures that it is also a quiet unit which is great for home and apartment use. These units also come with the backlit display and adjustable pedals and seat positions. We are selling these units for only $499.

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Precor AMT 100i Elliptical Crosstrainer

Normally we sell these versatile elliptical for this price in as-is condition but as part of our Black Friday special, we’ll service and clean it on the house. While all of our units are sold in guaranteed working condition, as-is condition units may have a few cosmetic imperfections. We will thoroughly clean the Precor AMT 100i and make it look great. We also open up the units and inspect for worn out parts and replace them. They will not squeak or make noises after they have been serviced.

If you’ve read our previous blog posts, you’ll know that we are enamored by how many functions the AMT machines have. The Precor AMT 100i is not just your standard elliptical; it can also double as a stepper or a ski machine. It does all of this on the fly also without any manual adjustments needed. Just adjust your stride and the machine will adapt to it.

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Cybex 550T Treadmill

Treadmills are hands down the most popular cardio fitness equipment so we definitely had to include one in our sale. Many of our customers want commercial grade gym equipment but their floor space is limited. While most commercial grade treadmills take up a ton of room, the Cybex 550T treadmill delivers the quality in a compact size. It has a low and clean profile which is great for both a gym and home.

The Cybex 550T is functional for both fitness fanatics and the occasional user. There are a variety of built in programs with varying intensity levels. The programs can also be changed on the fly so there is no need to restart or stop your workout. The monitor also displays all the fitness tracking information you would ever need from calories burned, pace, heart rate, time, speed, incline and much more. This treadmill normally retails for $7,995 but as part of our Black Friday special, it is on sale for $549 which is 92% off!

We will be highlighting two more products on our Black Friday sale tomorrow! This sale ends very soon so please give us a call at 714-957-2765 or email us at [email protected] for more information. Visit our Black Friday Sale page for all our offers.

 

Why should you import fitness equipment?

If you run a fitness business overseas you’re probably asking yourself if it’s worth it to import fitness equipment all the way from the United States. International shipping is always going to be more complicated than domestic deals so would it really be worth it? There are dozens of exercise equipment manufacturers in every country so why do so many gyms and used equipment dealers import from us? We’ll break it down.

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  1. There is much more commercial grade equipment in the United States.

Two of the top fitness brands worldwide are Precor and Life Fitness which are both based in the United States. Most of the commercial gyms in the USA are stocked with gym machines from these brands so there is a much higher inventory of it as opposed to other countries. American gyms also tend to rent their equipment on two to three year leases and trade in after that period. This creates a large market for used exercise equipment, allowing our company to buy at lower prices and pass the savings on to you.

  1. The equipment is generally higher quality

American brands like Precor and Life Fitness are well known all around the world for a valid reason, their equipment is only the highest quality. These companies design their machines to withstand an enormous amount of use from hundreds of people 24 hours a day. Their commercial grade models are built to be extremely durable which is why they cost thousands brand new. This is a great case of you get what you pay for. Fortunately, Primo Fitness is able to buy this equipment wholesale and we’re able to sell fitness equipment for over 70% off MSRP prices.

  1. We offer the lowest prices for the equipment

In many countries, the price for commercial grade fitness equipment is actually higher than importing it directly from us. This is because many commercial gyms cannot afford to buy brand new from the top brands so there is no local used market for the equipment. If equipment ends up in another country, it is generally because it was imported there. Since there is a middle man involved it is natural that the prices would be higher than directly importing the equipment from a US based company.

For more information on importing used gym equipment, visit our International Shipping Containers page!

Remanufactured Exercise Equipment

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Primo Fitness primarily specializes in selling used exercise equipment, but that doesn’t mean that our equipment looks used. We have a team of highly skilled fitness equipment professionals that have been trained to Remanufacture all types of machines. Our technicians and mechanics have been certified by all the top commercial fitness equipment manufacturers.

Remanufacturing is a very broad and general term. When we say remanufactured fitness equipment, we mean that your equipment will look as close to brand new as a used machine can get. Not only will the exterior be redone, we go through every part inside the machine to make sure it’s running like how it came out of the box. A remanufactured gym machine will cost more than an as-is unit, but still significantly less than a brand new machine. Here’s what we do when we Remanufacture a machine:

  1. Machine is fully wiped down and cleaned

This is self-explanatory. We wipe down the machine with towels and clean any dirt or grime off the exterior of the machine. Our team will also clean off any rust if it is an older machine and make sure the machine looks aesthetically perfect.

  1. The machine is lubricated and oiled

We lubricate and oil every moving part in order to ensure smooth and quiet operation.

  1. All worn parts are replaced

This is where the bulk of the Remanufacturing work happens. All parts that have been worn down are replaced. This means that every moving part is replaced in order to ensure durability and extended use of the machine. Other parts that can be replaced are overlays, electronic sensors, running belt and motor drive belt on treadmills, belts, decks (waxed or replaced), frames, roller bearings, bushing, grips and decals. Shrouds are also replaced if they are damaged or cracked.

  1. Machine is powder-coated

Powder coating is essentially a much more durable and permanent way of painting. The molecules in a powder coat are very resistant to breaking down so the machines paint will not chip or wear down.

  1. Equipment is tested multiple times before shipping out

We will not only test out the basic functions, we will also check all the electronics and programming to ensure that they are working perfectly.

These are the steps involved in Remanufacturing used fitness equipment and getting them to look like new. Our team has been thoroughly trained to work with any machine so we can Remanufacture any model that we sell if you desire. Shop for remanufactured exercise equipment on our website!

Gym Equipment For Sale – October Edition

As October rolls in, we’re getting ready for Halloween with some scary good deals. Due to their popularity, many of our September deals are rolling over so you can continue on with the savings. We have a ton of gym equipment for sale but with so many options, we know narrowing down choices can be difficult. We went through the numerous items that we have on sale right now and picked our top choice for each cardio category. Of course, you cannot go wrong with any machine, especially since we guarantee that they’re all in working condition. Here are our top picks for each category:

Treadmill:

Star Trac Pro Elite Treadmill

Star Trac Pro Elite Treadmill – $799

As you can tell by the name, the Star Trac Pro Elite treadmill is one of the top commercial grade treadmills in the used market right now. It is heavy duty and built to withstand punishment. One of the best features of this Star Trac treadmill is the dual fans built right into the console. It is such a simple feature but extremely practical feature that will help you workout more comfortably.

In addition to the slew of features, the Star Trac Pro Elite treadmill is also stylishly designed. Its curved body was built from a collaboration between Star Trac and DesignWorksUSA, a BMW group company.

Bike:

Star Trac Pro Spinner Spin Bikes

Star Trac Pro Spinner Spin Bike – $499

We have to follow popular trends here and pick a spin bike for our top exercise bicycle for sale. While there are many indoor cycles on the market, the Star Trac Pro Spin Bike is actually the one to coin the name spin bike. This compact cycle has a high degree of adjustability to suit riders of all fitness levels and sizes. It is also a commercial grade unit so it has an extra durable cranks system, rust-resistant material and just a very solid construction.

Elliptical:

Technogym 700 Synchro ELliptical

Technogym Synchro Excite 700 Eliptical – $899

Technogym is always pushing the limits and adding cutting edge technology to their exercise equipment and this elliptical is no different. The Technogym Synchro Excite 700 elliptical uses rear drive trajectory and a belt drive system which ensures a smooth and quiet experience while working out. It is impact free so you won’t have to worry about damaging your joints. There are over 25 difficulty levels so users of all abilities can benefit from having this machine.

On the entertainment side, the Synchro 700 is also Wellness compatible which means that users can watch TV or listen to music on their iPod while training.

These are just our top picks for our sale that will be running through part of October. We encourage you to check out all the great deals and all the gym equipment for sale and make your own choice and what you’d love to have.

Cybex 610A Arc Trainer Review

The elliptical crosstrainer is a staple in the modern gym so it is not surprising that many companies have taken their own spin on this highly popular machine. Cybex’s take on revolutionizing the elliptical comes to fruition in the form of the Cybex 610A Total Body Arc Trainer. This machine is versatile; it is easy to use for workout novices but can also deliver an intense workout to any fitness fanatic.

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Overview:

The 610A Arc Trainer is the follow-up to the 600A Arc Trainer which won the Nova7 Best Product Award. In addition to maintaining all of the 600A’s features, the 610A improves upon its predecessor in every way and once again won the Nova7 Best Product Award for a second year in a row.

Cybex is one of the leaders in fitness so it is not surprising that this commercial grade unit delivers the well known durability that they’re known for. The Arc Trainer was designed to combine elements of an elliptical cross-trainer, a climber and a skier to offer a fully engaging workout. Fortunately, this 610A arc trainer was also designed to be a low impact workout machine. It emphasizes high performance but also minimizes stress on the joints.

Technology:

The Cybex 610A Arc Trainer comes with the patented Same Side Forward (SSF) motion that helps to coordinate both the upper and lower body movements in order to ensure that the exerciser has correct posture regardless of the incline the machine is set at. The motion created by the SSF also allows the user to shift focus on either their upper or lower body. Of course, they can also choose to work out both their arms and legs equally for a balanced routine.

In regards to the upper body, the 610A is designed to keep the wrists in a low stress position while allowing the arm to execute a complete and natural full range of motion, especially for the shoulder. The handles may also look odd but they’re actually designed that way for a great reason. They’re contoured to offer several user grip positions to allow for a comfortable workout. There are also contact heart rate grips integrated into the arms to help the user track their progress during their workout.

Features:

This arc trainer’s resistance ranges from 0 to 900 watts to accommodate a wide variety of users from different fitness levels. Beginners can use it to warm up and dedicated athletes can use it for an extremely high intensity workout.

The footplates offer a bilateral reciprocal movement which creates a natural and relaxed motion that does not strain the joints. The 610A is also biomechanically designed to lower the chance of injuries by not placing high loads on the muscle.

The 610A arc trainer also has an adjustable incline which helps create variety in training. On lower incline settings, the arc trainer delivers modest hip and knee motions. Higher inclines offer an increase in hip and knee motion.

Conclusion:

While it may not be the newest Cybex Arc Trainer model out on the market today, the 610A still delivers all the essentials for a bargain price. This model is now on sale on our website. Visit our new arrivals page for more information!

Labor Day Gym Equipment Sale

Just because we’re not open for Labor Day doesn’t mean we’re not celebrating it. While we’re not working in our office, we’re still working to deliver some amazing deals for a Labor Day sale. Primo Fitness has handpicked great offers on commercial grade fitness equipment that is valid from now until the end of Labor Day week.

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If you’re looking for one of the newer high end treadmills, the Life Fitness Integrity Treadmill for $1395 is a great offer. The particular units we have of this model are in great working condition. Hardly any cosmetic flaws as you can see from the pictures. For a more cost efficient option, you cannot go wrong with the Life Fitness 93T treadmill.

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Hands down, the star of our Labor Day fitness equipment sale is the Cybex 550T treadmill. This is a commercial grade model that retails for nearly $8,000 and we’re blowing them out for only $499. There is nothing wrong with any of these machines. Our mechanics go through every single one to make sure all functions and programs work perfectly. You can even stop by and pick the best unit if you’re local to Orange County. Why are we selling it for such a low price? Because we love you guys.

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While we’re on the subject of Cybex, the final two sale items come from this trusted brand. These machines are a different type of cardio machine. We’re having a special on the ever popular Cybex Arc trainers. We have two lower body versions for sale, the Cybex 620A for $1199 and the Cybex 720A for $1599.

We hope everyone enjoys their holiday and gets the day off work. After that, get back to work in style with some of these great offers on our used fitness equipment!

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!

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]

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