Types of Gym Equipment to include in your Fitness Studio

Fitness Studio Equipment
Fitness Studio Equipment

When shopping for gym equipment, it’s crucial to know what kind of gear your fitness studio will need. It’s not enough to buy what looks cool. A well-rounded fitness studio has a variety of equipment that provides a holistic workout experience for clients. This ensures that customers have the tools to reach their fitness goals and return for more.

Here are the types of commercial gym equipments  worth including in your fitness studio:

Smith machine

One of the best machines to consider for a gym upgrade is the Smith machine, a machine specifically built to help beginners squat, shoulder press, bench press, and deadlift with the added support of a railing system. The fixed plane of motion of a Smith machine not only means you can lift more weight. It also means that you can perform exercises with consistent form. Especially for beginners, this can help reduce the risk of injury.

Cardio Machines

Cardio machines, like treadmills and elliptical trainers, are designed to help you burn calories quickly. Cardio exercise can be done for 30 minutes a day; this is great for people who don’t have time to go to the gym. Cardio machines are also useful if you have injuries or conditions that make it difficult to perform other exercises. For example, someone with an ankle injury may not be able to run but could still use a stationary bike at home or in the gym.

There are many types of cardio equipment available today because they can benefit different people in different ways:


These machines allow users to walk or run on them while they always keep their feet on the ground. This type of exercise helps improve cardiovascular health by increasing blood flow through your body’s heart and lungs so that oxygen is more easily transported throughout your system and away from waste products. Also called jogging machines because runners often use this type of machine during their workouts

Elliptical Trainers

These allow users’ feet remain elevated off the floor as they walk forward or backward along an elliptical path within its frame structure. These machines provide resistance depending on how much effort one puts into moving forward while using them. They allow muscles to strengthen over time.

Circuit Training Equipment

Circuit training is a form of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) that involves performing repeated bouts of exercise with minimal rest between each set. It’s also a great way to incorporate resistance, aerobic and cardiovascular fitness into one workout.

Circuit training uses various equipment, including free weights and weight machines, plus bodyweight exercises such as squats, lunges, and pushups.

Circuit training can be used to develop lean muscle mass or lose body fat through cardio workouts like Tabata sprints or metabolic circuits.

Dumbbells and Free Weights

Dumbbells and free weights are excellent for strength training. They can be used in various exercises to work for multiple muscle groups at once, which is great for getting the most out of your workout time.

Dumbbells and free weights are also particularly useful for balance and flexibility training. Many people do not know that these two types of equipment are often interchangeable in terms of their primary purpose, but they’re equally effective at helping you stay limber and steady on your feet.


Kettlebells are a type of weight that looks like a cannonball with a handle. They come in various sizes, ranging from 8 kg to 20 kg, but they all share similar benefits.

Kettlebells are great for building strength, endurance, and muscle tone in your whole body. The movements can increase your core strength while improving your balance and stability.

You’ll want to ensure you have plenty of space to use kettlebells safely, especially if you’re doing any swinging exercises. They can be dangerous if used incorrectly or carelessly thrown away after being used. When exercising with kettlebells, it’s crucial not only that you do not swing them above shoulder height or throw them at someone else. Rather, keep hold of them when possible by holding the handle firmly at either end until ready for use again.

Heavy bags

Heavy bags are used for boxing, kickboxing, and MMA training. Heavy bags improve punching power and technique by giving you a consistent target to hit. There are many different types of heavy bags: canvas, leather, or synthetic materials. They can be hung from the ceiling or on a stand.


The TRX is a suspension training system that allows you to perform functional exercises in various positions. As its name suggests, it uses two handles and a strap that extends from the anchor point when you pull on them. The versatility of this equipment means you can use it for different exercises such as:

  • Core training
  • Upper body strength and conditioning
  • Lower body strength and conditioning.

Because of its versatility, the TRX is great for improving balance and coordination, flexibility, and core strength.

Medicine Balls/BOSU Balls

Medicine balls and BOSU balls are often used in a variety of exercises. Medicine balls can be used for core stabilization, upper body strength training, and power training. They can also be dropped to increase the difficulty of an exercise.

BOSU balls are used for balance and stability training because they help engage your core muscles while you work out on them. They’re often used for exercises like squats or lunges because their shape keeps you balanced as you perform each movement.

Weight Benches/Step-up Benches

Weight benches and step-up benches are the go-to pieces of equipment for performing chest presses, shoulder presses, flyes, step-ups, lunges, and calf raises. When you’re looking to add one or more of these pieces to your studio’s lineup of gym equipment, there are some things you’ll want to consider.

Weight benches: These work well in low-traffic studios where space is at a premium. Both men and women can also use them since they’re adjustable. However, if you have high traffic or an older clientele who might have trouble getting up from a seated position after using the weight bench or who may not want to use it at all, this may not be the best option for your studio’s needs.

Step-up/down benches: If having people stand up from the bench isn’t an issue in your space or clientele demographics like older adults, this piece can be a good addition to many different fitness studios. Both types are typically made out of wood, but plastic models exist as well

Simply put, a gym studio will have a combination of different types of equipment to provide a well-rounded experience for clients. Choose from machines, free weights and kettlebells, resistance bands, TRX suspension trainers, and more.


Though many types of equipment go into a fitness studio, the ones on this list are some of the most popular and versatile options. Your choices will depend on your personal goals and budget, but there’s no doubt that with these key pieces in place, you can create an exciting experience for your clients.

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