Things You Should Do To Maximize Your Equipment Investment

Club owners and operators can make sure they are getting the most out of every piece of equipment in their facilities by just adapting simple steps.

Maximizing the value of that investment is key to making sure it is money well spent—for the facility owners, members and facility's overall image.

But let's ask something first, do you take the time to properly introduce everyone to the recently added equipment? This includes the members, the gym staff, maintenance team, and anyone that walks through the gym's door.  In most cases, manufacturers will send someone from their company, either a sales rep., a service tech or master trainer, with the purpose to educate the club staff to the ins and outs of the product. Nowadays, videos are a good source for that, please make sure to ask for these resources after purchasing equipment.

Advantages are that you will have a well-trained staff, all set to engage with members and get them excited with the new workout options. Plus safety is also a consideration. In the end, members will get better workouts, try the different programs and see better results.

Just remember to:

1. Do a daily walk trough 

Make sure to have a checklist of all the tasks you want to complete, starting from the am shift to closing. This list should include simple things as cleaning the equipment, vacuuming underneath treadmills, testing cardio consoles, as also checking strength equipment cables. 

These few extra seconds will save you money in the long run with better maintenance, improved equipment function and limited liability because you will be ahead of any issues that might arise.

2. Repair or Replace

Even if you are diligent about your preventive maintenance and even if your staff is keeping an eye on the equipment performance and you are up-to-date on your warranty work, all fitness equipment still has a finite lifetime. Although it varies by facility—depending on the amount of use, the condition of the equipment at the start and the overall quality of the equipment—group cycles last five to seven years, cardio equipment lasts seven to 10 years and strength equipment lasts 10 years or more.

Keep in mind that If you spend more time placing an out-of-order sign on equipment and more money fixing it than actually using it, it is time. If you have the money in your budget to replace it, then you know...it is time.

Maximizing your equipment investment also means you can replace pieces as they need to be replaced, ensuring the club is current and members are happy. If you do a full replacement of all products at one time, keep your members in mind. Offer them an alternate club to work out in during the installation process or schedule new equipment to arrive after hours when it will not affect members.

In the end, if it makes sense for your facility, for safety, member needs and so your budget—replace your equipment. Lastly, make sure to follow the steps above so members and staff know how to get the most out of the investment.