Available funds and budgeting should be an influential factor in how the provider chooses equipment, designs the layout, and provides financing options. A no-interest option should be available, usually with some restrictions, along with 12 to 60 month financing plans. Normal practice is a 50% deposit and 50% paid at time of delivery when a non- financing option is chosen.
Transforming old spaces and renovating out-dated material with standard and technologically savvy equipment is becoming a necessary measure being enacted by established businesses. Aside from possible safety standards not being up to par, aging equipment deters gym-goers as it’s less convenient and enticing. Having the latest equipment will impress employees and provide a more inviting workout atmosphere.
Once you’ve decided on the equipment you want, delivery and set up is the next step. Your fitness equipment provider should be able to do it all. Having them professionally set up the equipment is the safest and most viable option and should be a highly encouraged offering.
A facility’s long-term success depends on the amount of preventative measures it takes to keep equipment running, and that’s why continued service and maintenance is vital to reducing liability and extending the life of the equipment. The best providers should be committed to assisting clients and have the ability to maintain the best operating equipment for the longest period of time.
The best commercial fitness provider will be with you every step of the way and provide insight and innovation in accomplishing your business’ needs. Who doesn’t like great customer service along the way as well?
Understanding the ins and outs of the fitness industry isn’t a simple concept, but with these tips it is possible for you to make the right decision in finding the perfect provider. FITREV is available for any questions you may have.
While we strive to thrive off nature’s greatest contributions by dipping in a lake, scaling a mountain or jogging the coastline, we’ve become accustomed to living the indoor lifestyle with gym memberships that promote results just like the great outdoors.
When it comes to running, what do you prefer, the treadmill or outdoors? There are certainly pros and cons for each option, and it really depends on each individual.
Some benefits associated with treadmills include the climate control, safer terrain and convenience factor. Treadmill users don’t have to worry about a torrential downpour, icy roads, or extreme temperature fluctuations. It’s also difficult to justify getting out of bed for a morning neighborhood jog when it’s cold, wet and dreary while your living room is at a comfortable 75 degrees.
On a treadmill, runners aren’t concerned about uneven sidewalks, slick roads or cars whizzing by. Daylight isn’t a limiting factor and you can run into the night without facing eerie neighborhoods, flickering street lights or blinding headlights. Additionally, if you don’t have access to an incline or steep hill for added intensity, you can create your own grade level on a treadmill.
One factor that transitioning gym-to-outdoor runners promptly realize is that running outdoors requires a lot more focus. Music is a great motivator, but it’s difficult to maintain alertness on where you’re running when you’re focusing more on the music. Being fully aware of your surroundings is the best way to prevent accidental injury due to trips, falls or changing terrain.
For runners that don’t need music to keep going, outdoors is likely the best choice. Running outside provides a refreshing twist to the mundane hamster wheel effect that has often been used to describe constant treadmill usage. Additionally, your running stride is much different on the road than it is on the treadmill belt as each form uses different leg muscles. Treadmill belt propulsion finishes the stride cycle for your body and relies on quads to push off for the next cycle. In comparison, with no belt, your hamstrings are finishing the stride cycle and your quads are still pushing off for the next cycle. Outdoor jogging uses muscles more uniformly and also builds a stronger muscle tolerance.
For runners who have any health problems or physical limitations, using a treadmill is the safer and more preventative option. All elements are controllable and the belt of a treadmill is much more forgiving than the hard pavement when it comes to the impact on the body. Treadmills are great for those wanting to stay in shape but aren’t looking to compete or drastically change body composition.
However, for those looking to participate in 5Ks, triathlons, races, or physically demanding challenges, they should turn to the outdoors for the optimum terrain challenge. Running outdoors has its own set of pros and cons, but for dedicated runners it can be the ultimate workout. For beginners or air conditioning addicts, treadmills provide a means to build running muscle memory and a quasi-equivalent workout.
If you’re in the market for a quality in-home or in-office treadmill, FITREV can help you discover the perfect workout machine for your lifestyle and workplace.
When the time comes to purchase new treadmills for your business, there are plenty of factors to consider before making a final decision. Programming features as well as durability and longevity are some of the most important features to consider, while user height and weight are significant factors as well.
First and foremost, you should test out the machine before buying it. Who buys a car without test driving it first? The bells and whistles may look nice at first, but when it comes down to actual performance, you’re going to want to get a sample before committing to a bulk purchase. Take a short walk or jog, testing out all the features you know your customers will be using.
Pay attention to ease of use in the realm of practicability. Is the speed or incline button within reach, especially while in motion? Does the speed button react fast enough and is there an annoying lag between setting changes? Test out any screen features such as simulated pathways and tracks and monitor whether the quality is going to reflect positively back on you from your customers.
The deck and belt systems are another important consideration. Check to see if the belt operates smoothly and if the deck absorbs enough impact. For users with a height of 6” or taller, a belt tread length of 60” or more is best as it will compensate for the extra stride length. Additionally, many treadmills have user weight limits. Make sure the weight limits accommodate the variety of populations you serve and the target populations you want to attract.
The amount of use in your facility will determine how durable the treadmill needs to be. Buying a more durable and variable product is the most logical way to go. Product warranty directly reflects the quality of the product, and buyers should research exactly how far that warranty extends. Who will provide service for your equipment when needed? Does the company you are purchasing from provide local repair service? Are their technicians certified?
Buying a treadmill, or any piece of workout equipment, should be a well informed and educated decision making process. If you want expert insight and advice, FITREV is your resource for fitness equipment and service. technical questions or provide our general opinion in purchasing equipment. Give FITREV a call at 888-826-7867 and let us help you in your research!