How To Buy Commercial Fitness Equipment

Commercial Fitness Room

When looking to buy commercial fitness equipment for corporate gyms, apartment fitness rooms, school weight rooms, military gyms, college gyms and so much more, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Commercial fitness equipment can take a tremendous amount of abuse. Many people do not take the time to think about the technology needed for a commercial weight machine moving a 200 lb weight stack, day in and day out for years on end without fail, or the amount of stress commercial cardio equipment undergoes when being used 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Plus, a club owner or manager has enough to worry about, so creating this commercial fitness equipment with little or no maintenance requirements is an added bonus. Aside from durability and maintenance, commercial fitness equipment manufacturers have to create a machine that is bio-mechanically and ergonomically sound to perform its designed task and most importantly, to keep the human body in a natural position throughout the motion to eliminate long term, repetitive motion injuries.

The downside to creating such technology is overall cost. The upside to buying quality commercial fitness equipment, however, is low maintenance, long lasting, high performance, safe fitness equipment for your gym or commercial fitness facility. Buying quality commercial fitness equipment is a literal investment for just about every fitness-based business. For gyms and personal training studios, it helps attract and retain members. For corporate gyms, it helps reduce employee turnover, reduce employee health risks and increase employee energy levels. For chiropractic and physical therapy clinics, it can be the difference in a patient choosing your clinic over a competitor's.

Grades of Fitness Equipment

There are three grades of fitness equipment designed to suit every fitness setting: Home Fitness Equipment, Light Commercial Fitness Equipment and Commercial Fitness Equipment. Buying fitness equipment not designed for your commercial fitness setting will lead to premature fitness equipment failure and possible user injury. It is essential the right product is placed into the proper setting. First, let us cover the three grades of equipment in a bit more detail.

Home Fitness Equipment

Home Fitness Equipment is designed solely for home use. Placing home fitness products into a commercial fitness setting can be a recipe for plenty of problems. Home Fitness Equipment is built to minimize cost. Overall components do not compare to commercial fitness equipment in strength, durability and overall performance. Although there is a wide range of home fitness equipment that can get very expensive, all home fitness equipment is not designed for the rigors of commercial use. If it was, it would be commercial rated. Gtech Fitness® never recommends placing a home fitness product into a commercial gym, especially when it comes to cardio equipment and strength equipment.

Light Commercial Fitness Equipment

Light Commercial Fitness Equipment is designed for 4-6 hours of use per day on average. Light commercial fitness equipment is designed for non-membership-based fitness facilities. These type of facilities typically include high school weight rooms, apartment fitness rooms, hotel fitness centers, small corporate gyms that do not charge a membership fee, physical therapy clinics, personal training studios, fire and police department fitness rooms.

Commercial Fitness Equipment

Commercial fitness equipment is the king daddy, designed for heavy commercial use 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Commercial fitness equipment is built to the industry's highest standards in terms of performance and overall durability. Commercial fitness equipment is designed for membership-based gyms, fitness centers and health clubs.

Buying Fitness Equipment

When buying fitness equipment for your home gym, light commercial or commercial fitness facility, you can always buy a heavier grade of equipment than the type of facility for which it was originally designed. For example, you can buy a light commercial treadmill for your home gym, or a full commercial weight machine for your apartment fitness room. However, it is never recommended to buy home equipment for a light commercial setting, or light commercial fitness equipment for a full commercial gym setting.


All fitness manufacturers will not warrant their products when they are placed into a higher use facility than what the product was originally intended. For example, the product warranty will be voided if a home treadmill is placed into a school, apartment or hotel fitness room.

Warranties are still valid when placing stronger grades of equipment into lower use facilities than what the product was originally intended. For example, placing a commercial weight bench into a home gym setting.


Liability, the word no fitness facility owner or business wants to hear, but it is a topic that needs to be discussed when buying commercial fitness equipment. If you have been appointed the task of purchasing fitness equipment for your commercial fitness facility, be sure to place the right grade of product that is designed for your type of fitness application. If you have questions on what type of equipment to purchase, that is why Gtech Fitness® is here. Feel free to call or email us with any questions regarding what type of fitness equipment is best for your facility!

6th Nov 2015 Scott Gutschke

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