Commercial weight lifting equipment is absolutely necessary for any gym. Equipment built for commercial use allows for a greater workload as many more users will be utilizing the machine functions. There are many different types of commercial equipment and not all of them are machines. From intricate weight lifting gym systems to traditional dumbbells, the options are vast and all are beneficial in one way or another.
Building from the ground up is a good place to start when looking at commercial weight lifting equipment. With large machines generally being very heavy, protecting your gym floors is pertinent. Commercial grade fitness mats generally come in pre-measured sheets at a size of four feet by six feet. The thickness of the mats can vary from one half inch to three quarter inch thick. Some of these fitness mats are even made from materials like recycled rubber, which in turn help the environment while protecting gym floors from heavy weight damage.
Once you have a prepared surface for your commercial weight lifting equipment to rest on, you can begin to fill your gym with machines and equipment to meet your client needs. For traditional weight lifting via the use of free weights, there are a few different options on the market today. Barbells utilize a bar that can be straight or shaped for hand placement (known as the EZ Curl Bar) and are normally made from iron. The length of the bars varies. Commercial barbells are generally categorized as Olympic barbells because of their ability to handle a larger weight capacity in comparison to standard barbells. While the standard version is more commonly found in the home exercise room, many gyms also carry this style.
Weight plates are used in conjunction with the Olympic and standard barbells. Also made of iron, the weight plates display how heavy they are so the user can determine how many plates to slide onto the barbell. The plates are held in place with the use of spring collars, offering a secure lift when in use. When clients are using barbells for weight lifting, there are three different kinds of benches to aid in their exercise. Incline, decline and flat benches all offer various positions for the user to lift in. Some are adjustable; some have racks for the barbell to rest in when not in use and others are just flat.
Commercial weight lifting machines offer a different approach to lifting than the traditional barbell method. Multi and single station machines allow users to perform a range of exercises. Some prefer these machines because they feel they are easier and safer to use. Others see the multitude of pins, cables and pulleys as a hassle and opt for free weights. Offering both kinds of commercial weight lifting equipment is a definite must for all of your clients.