The type of programming you choose for your gym will determine the type and amount of equipment you’ll need to start out. Consider your weekly goals within the first 1 – 2 months of opening, and prioritise the equipment you purchase based on that.
In our article ‘Gear you’ll need everyday’, we discussed the essential equipment you’ll need to get the ball rolling. Once you’ve made these purchases, the next gear you buy will be more individualised to your gym’s programming needs. Organising your gym’s programming one to two months in advance will provide you with a plan on what to buy first, as well as give you peace of mind knowing what your performance goals for the gym are, and what the clients will be doing over the next couple of months.
For example, you may follow a 4 week cycle (3 weeks building on similar movements, 1 week deload, three times through). Within the week, you may have a day where you are focusing on gymnastics ring strength – which automatically means that rings would be a go to purchase (not to mention rings are incredibly versatile, are low maintenance, and last forever).
Having a set program will also give you a schedule of when you need to purchase equipment for new training cycles / client’s needs.
Regarding the amount of equipment you need to buy for weekly use, this will depend on the size of classes within the first two months of opening. Remember also that the style of workout you choose to program can also limit the need to buy a large number of the same equipment. Strength focused components are often easy to share equipment between 2-3 individuals, and is a great way to help build a social culture within the gym.
Furthermore, think about how to structure the more cardio based workouts in a way that maximises efficiency. For example, if you have 20 people in a class, with a 16min EMOM including box jumps, kettlebell swings, wallballs, and a rest minute, you will hypothetically only require 5 of each piece of equipment. Obviously if you can have more for increased flexibility that is ideal, but being able to work with limited resources is also important, especially if your budget is tight.
Of course if your budget isn’t tight, plan your week – to - week programming, and buy the necessary equipment for your client number goal.
If you ever need guidance on what gear to buy and when, please don’t hesitate to email us or give a call.