On the way to chasing new exercise trends like functional fitness, group classes, and heart-rate training, some club operators risk neglecting the importance of traditional exercise equipment. Through every fad that comes and goes—jazzercise, Tae Bo, aerobics—treadmills, stationary bikes, weight machines, and other traditional cardio and strength equipment endure as the foundation of most health clubs.
Responding to popular workout trends is important, but so is stocking your club with equipment that’s durable and appealing to members. According to The 2017 IHRSA Health Club Consumer Report, “equipment utilization was the No. 1 activity at health clubs, as more than half of members indicated using either cardio machines (62.3%) or weights/resistance tools (53.2%).” Even in clubs that have more specialized fitness programming, equipment is still the foundation of the gym experience. Research in the IHRSA Health Club Equipment Report reveals that more than 80% of clubs incorporate equipment in training programs.