If you could design your dream studio, what type of equipment would you have? As a personal trainer, you certainly have plenty of choices. According to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, $4.3 billion dollars worth of fitness equipment was sold in 2010.
And while a substantial amount of the profit came from high-dollar equipment like ellipticals and treadmills, a large majority of specialized pieces of exercise equipment have also made their mark on the fitness industry.
And while it’s true some personal trainers swear by functional training, experienced trainers know that all clients see better results by incorporating exercise equipment into their exercise program.
With so many options available today, deciding which equipment you need can be overwhelming. To make things easier, we’ve compiled a list of the most important pieces of equipment every personal trainer should have in their fitness arsenal.
As an independent personal trainer, you need to spend your money wisely, especially when you are just starting out. Most pieces of exercise equipment will pay for themselves over time, so it will be a worthwhile investment in the long-run.
– Stability Straps
Great for body-weight exercises, you can attach these straps to almost anything. They work well for functional training programs.
– Medicine Balls
Medicine balls come in a variety of weights and sizes, which makes it easy to customize exercise routines for all of your clients.
– Jump Rope
Jump ropes are perfect for quick, high-energy cardio sessions. Great for both indoor and outdoor use, this mobile-friendly piece of equipment not only builds stamina and endurance, but it’s also inexpensive and can be found in most stores.
For your more advanced clients, a weighted jump rope works well for quick, high-intensity cardio blasts.
– Resistance Bands
These oversized rubber bands allow your clients to add resistance to almost any movement. Resistance bands are highly versatile and allow for flexibility and functionality.
Dumbbells are a mainstay in the fitness world. They’re fairly inexpensive and just about every type of client will benefit from using them.
– Flooring and Gym Mats
Flooring probably isn’t at the top of your equipment list, but it should be. Your clients need a space where they can get on the floor to stretch comfortably. Look for gym mats that are durable, insulated, and stay put when in use.
– Foam Rollers
Foam rollers work extremely well as a myofascial release tool, which will do wonders to improve your client’s mobility. With increased flexibility, your clients will see major improvements when they perform squats and deadlifts.
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– Portable Bench or Step
A portable step or bench is an inexpensive, multi-functional piece of exercise equipment that can be used for a variety of exercises. Clients can use it for step-ups, calf raises, and lunges. They’re also the perfect platform when performing dumbbell benches presses or any other exercise that’s usually done on a workout bench.
– A Stopwatch
Even if your phone has a timer, a dedicated stopwatch will go a long way when measuring your clients’ progress. Furthermore, you want to avoid having your clients think you are playing on your phone during a training session. A simple stopwatch works well when timing your clients’ planks or how fast they run a mile.
– Measuring Tape and Fat Calipers
Tracking your clients’ progress is important. If you overlook this step, your clients may fail to see their success and in turn, may lose the motivation to continue. Body fat calipers and measuring tapes are inexpensive, but they provide immeasurable value. Use these tools to monitor your clients’ progress and make adjustments to their program as needed.
As you can see, most of the items we listed are basic and are typically found in private studios and home gyms. Each item is reasonably priced with a high level of functionality and portability. If you can only buy one or two of the items mentioned above, you’ll still be off to an excellent start. By properly investing in your business, both your clients and bank account will thank you.