Category: Commercial Equipment

When it is time to open up a health club, personal training studio, wellness center or simply tryint to put together a quality home gym the most important thing to consider is to find a repuatable fitness equipment supplier.  The question is How Do I?

Over the past twenty years fitness equipment has become a multi billion dollar industry.  Whether you are working out in the gym, your home or listening to conversations on the news it is surrounding us.  Have you asked yourself where are people gettting this equipment?  If you were to purchase a home gym for your basement or your home exercise room equipment has become readily avialable on line, Big Box Stores as well as specialty retail stores.  Where is the best place to start?

Without being said fitness is a serious business for both the consumer as well as the supplier.  Most important when purchasing equipment your main objective should be to purchase equipment that is going to help get the results both you and your clientele are looking for.  Without results your interest and your investment are merely a waste.  With that being said finding a reputable fitness equipment supplier should be a priority.  Finding a reputable supplier means you should be searching people that are in the business to supply, service and advise you on equipment that best suits your goals, purpose and your budget.

After researching a few different fitness equipment suppliers, checking their Better Business Bureau rating and communicating with each of them you then can narrow it down after you have educated yourself on what is important to you.  In the fitness industry you will find experts as well as mere suppliers.  Experts will educate you as a consumer and professional on what will help you be successful with both your fitness and business goals.

If you are a consumer some very important factors when choosing a Reputable Fitness Equipment Supplier Are:

  • Check the amount of time they have been in business.
  • Understand the nature of their business, is it fitness or a little of everything.
  • Check their Better Business Bureau rating.
  • Find out if they supply service after the sale, it is inevitable that because of the amount of moving parts on cardio equipment it will break and you will need in home service.
  • Talk to the sales consultants and figure out if they have your best interest in mind or are they just trying to get a sale regardless of what they are selling you. Do they have your goals in mind and have they objectively chosen a piece of equipment for your needs and goals.

If you are a facility offereing fitness some very important factors when choosing a Reputable Fitness Equipment Supplier Are:

  • Do they supply 2 and 3d CAD layouts to assure you the layout of the facility as well as what you need so you don’t over or under buy.
  • Do they have a  reputable service department.
  • Check some supplied references to assure that their past customers are happy and that they did not sell the equipment and walk away from the facility when their were issues.
  • Do they offer inservice for both the equipment as well as service in the event that you wanted your in house technicians to repair your equipment.
  • Find out the response time for parts and services for both the manufacturers of the equipment and the supplier.  Equipment that is down causes significant issues for a pays due facility.

As you can see finding a Reputaple Fitness Equipment Supplier will take some time and energy.  Many times people are very disappointed because they have chosen price over the quality of the supplier and equipment and can be very detrimental to both the facility as well as your own personal fitness goals.


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Total Body Workout Made Simple on One Piece of Strength Equipment

If you have a health club, training studio, municipality workout room, corporate fitness center, or high-end home gym where exercise space is a premium and a cable crossover will not fit take a look at the Cybex FT-325 Functional Trainer.  A dual cable column functional trainer is nothing more than a shrunken down cable crossover to begin with and you can do all the same motions, and more, in half the floor space.  Incorporate the Cybex 16000 -10 to 80 Degree Bench or an Aeromat Stability Ball and you can do all the same motions that you could with dumbbells without the risk of damaging the floor.  The Cybex FT-325 Functional Trainer comes with 21 selectable exercise positions, clearly illustrated exercise placards of some of the more popular exercises, and a selection of standard accessories such as a triceps rope, ankle strap, and 2 nylon “D” handles to give your workouts variety.

Designed in America and Built by Americans for the World

Designed through research completed at the Cybex Institute for Exercise Science the Cybex FT-325 Functional Trainer delivers outstanding results through the natural movements of the body.  Built in the Owatonna, MN production facility in a plethora of customizable colors within a couple of weeks.

Cybex FT-325 Functional Trainer Specifications

Product Number
34″ X 67″ X 83.5″
86 cm X 170 cm X 212 cm
Machine Weight
695 lbs (315 kg)
Weight Stack
170 lbs (77 kg)
Cable Travel
81″ (206 cm)
Maximum Effective Load
85 lbs (38.5 kg) maximum per side
Minimum Effective Load
5 lbs (2.25 kg) per plate
Lifting ratio
Cable Position Adjustment
19 positions with 3″ spacing
Standard Accessories
2 strap handles, ankle cuff, triceps rope, optional lat pull bar
Available in 5 standard or a virtually unlimited variety of custom frame colors


In closing, if a high quality piece of commercial strength equipment is needed in a small space, then the Cybex FT-325 Functional Trainer will deliver proven results with quality American design and construction.

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produces the finest commercial and residential fitnessequipment in the world that delivers results. Whether you are a first time user or a professional athlete the company has developed equipment through exercise science and its medical heritage. Durable in structure and biomechanically correct, Cybex would not be able to do this without a state of the art modern manufacturing facility in Owatonna, Minnesota.

Cybex strength equipment is manufacturing its Arc Trainers and Strength Equipment in a facility that measures over 340,000 square feet which correlates to over eight football fields under one roof. Cybex takes a vertical integrated approach to manufacturing. Everything from metal fabrication, welding, painting and assembly take place under one roof allowing for a well designed and built product.

Every order that is manufactured by Cybex is custom built just days before the shipment leaves the factory. Once an order is entered it is put in a production schedule waiting for manufacturing and assembly. The customer has the option of customizing the equipment by chosing an endless assortment of frame and upholstery color choice as well as custom embroided seats. Cybex has an industury record on-time delivery and short lead-times because of its remarkable facilities.

It is no wonder why so many of the world’s greatest fitness facilities chose Cybex Intl. as it’s equipment of choice!

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Piece of Full Commercial Fitness Equipment to Maximize Squats and Pressing Motions

Designed for use in high-use fitness environments, the Body Solid SMR1000 Pro Club-Line Multi-Squat Rack is safe and easy to use for all levels of free weight users.  Constructed of heavy gauge steel, the Body Solid SMR1000 Pro Club-Line Multi-Squat Rack is great for use in schools, fire stations, military installations, health clubs, CrossFit facilities, and other fitness facilities that require high quality fitness equipment for multi-joint movements such as bench presses, squats, shoulder presses, etc.  By being equipped with Strength Band Pegs, 1/4″ Gunrack-style Liftoff, safety catches, weight plate storage, and an integrated pull-up bar the Body Solid SMR1000 Pro Club-Line Multi-Squat Rack is a very versatile unit for everything from general training to specialized sport-specific motions.  Units that are very similar are the Hammer Strength HDMR Multi-Rack or the York Barbell 54000 ST Series Multi-Function Rack.

Specifications of the Body Solid SMR1000 Pro Club-Line Multi-Squat Rack

  • Constructed of 2″ x 3″ 11-gauge steel tubing
  • Integrated weight plate storage
  • Integrated Strength Band Pegs
  • Integrated Pull-up Bar
  • 1000lb weight capacity
  • Extended frame for spotter access
  • Unit weight of 315lbs for stability
  • 1/4″ solid steel gunrack lift-off
  • Assembled Dimensions of 80″L x 71″W x 89″H

Recommended Accessories for the Body Solid SMR1000 Pro Club-Line Multi-Squat Rack

In closing, the Body Solid SMR1000 Pro Club-Line Multi-Squat Rack is a great piece of freeweight equipment for environments that require a well constructed, heavy-duty unit without breaking the bank.  Heavy gauge steel frame materials and unique amenities such as Strength Band Pegs, Pull-up Bar, and Weight Plate Storage make the unit very versatile.

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Dual Action Fitness Machine to Target the Entire Abdominal Area

The Hammer Strength MTS Abdominal Crunch (MTSAB) is a very unique piece of commercial fitness equipment.  This unit targets the upper and lower abdominal area at one time with weighted resistance from the 150lb weight stack.  The upright position of this Abdominal Exercise Machine allows for easy entry and exit.  This configuration allows for minimal floor space needs in a health club or home that does not have much room.  The Hammer Strength MTS Abdominal Crunch measures 44 inches in length, 39 inches in width, and is only 56 inches high and has a total machine weight of 530lbs.  This is a high quality commercial exercise machine that is designed for use in the highest use commercial locations.

Hammer Strength MTS Abdominal Crunch Features:

  • Frame Construction:  U.S. made mechanical quality steel purchased in mill run quantities to assure best consistency.  1.5″ x 3″ and 1.5″ x 2″ rectangular tubing with 11-guage thickness
  • Seat Adjustments:  Ratcheting 1/2″ increment seats that can be adjusted with one hand for ease of use.
  • Weight Plates: 1″ solid steel weight plates, full weight stack shrouds, low friction, self-lubricating, weight plate bushings to minimize noise and friction.  Each stack has an integrated 5lb. increment drop down weight for smaller resistance increments
  • Guide Rods:  3/4″ stainless steel weight stack guide rods.
  • Belt Drive System:  Direct, sort, belt drive system insures a smooth action and has a breaking strength rating at over 4,000lbs.
  • Instructional Placards: Color 2D instructional placards
  • Made in the USA
  • ISO 9001 Certified for quality assurance.

In conclusion, the Hammer Strength MTS Abdominal Crunch is a heavy-duty full commercial abdominal exercise machine that does not take up much space.  This unit would be an excellent addition to any workout room or exercise facility.

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The Ultimate All-In-One CrossFit Fitness Equipment Solution

Designed to cover a 20′ x 20′ area and handle over 100 different CrossFit standard exercises the CrossFire Conquest is the ultimate tool for hard-core studios, high-end homes, schools, municipalities, or large park districts, YMCA’s or health clubs looking for something unique for their personal training staff to utilize their skills.  This piece of full commercial grade fitness equipment is custom-made at the time of order in the USA.  The CrossFire Conquest will easily accommodate 8 to 10 users at one time comfortably without getting into each other’s way.  The unit is sold in two different configurations.  Both are basically the same piece of hardcore fitness equipment, except one unit has an adjustable High/Low Pulley, and the other substitutes that for a heavy bag.  Adjustable workout benches, Olympic Bars, Kettle Bells, Bumper Plates, and Medicine Balls are not included in the package and can be purchased through retailers of the CrossFire or other various locations.

In closing, the CrosFire Conquest is an excellent all-in-one station that allows for easy supervision of a majority of standard CrossFit exercises in a relatively compact area and is constructed to handle the heaviest of usage.

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Yes, I said it.  Body Solid Commercial Fitness Equipment.

Body Solid has always been know as a company that produces quality fitness equipment for every budget level of the home fitness enthusiast.  Over the last few years Body Solid has slowly started dipping into the commercial fitness realm.  Starting off with light commercial standouts such as the Series 7 Smith Machine Package and the EXM4000S Multi Gym which have excelled in the hotel, personal training, school, and fire station markets.  Recently, Body Solid has really made an effort to get into the full commercial market.  They started off with the Pro Club Line of selectorized units that they have now added Olympic Flat BenchesOlympic Incline Benches, Olympic Decline Benches, and Olympic Should Press Benches.  They have also added an outstanding line of plate loaded Leverage units that are at least half the price of units from other major manufactures such as Cybex and Hammer Strength.  The 4 most impressive units that have hit their line-up is the SCB1000 Smith Machine, the SMR1000 Multi Squat Rack, the SFID325 Flat/Incline/Decline Bench, and the Endurance ESB250 Exercise Bike.  Also, not to be left out is the Pro Dual line of Selectorized units.  These models all have two or more functions and also have the ability to be linked together into a 3 or 4 station modular gym.

In conclusion, be it accessories, weights, cardio, or strength equipment Body Solid has you covered from entry level home fitness equipment all the way up to full commercial fitness machines designed for use in some of the most extreme environments on the market.

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Cybex International

Founded in the late 1960’s the original Cybex was called “The Cybex Ergometer Company”.  The company manufactured isokinetic rehabilitation equipment in Ronkonkoma, New York.  A company by the name of Lumex acquired Cybex and continued to manufacture rehabilitation equipment.  Lumex was a publicly traded company and was traded on the American Stock Exchange.
In 1983 Lumex purchased Eagle Fitness Systems, a fitness equipment manufacturer based in Owatonna, Minnesota and established itself as a supplier of variable resistance strength systems to health clubs.  In 1995, Lumex sold its medical supply business and changed its name to CYBEX.

In May 1997, CYBEX merged with Trotter, Inc., a company founded in 1973 by engineer, Edward Trotter. Trotter manufactured primarily treadmills in its Medway, Mass plant although it had begun a strength line with the acquisition of Pyramid (small strength company near Pittsburgh). Trotter was owned by UM Holdings at the time of the merger and, in the merger transaction, UM obtained 51% interest in the publicly traded company.

In late 1997, the isokinetic business was sold and in 1998, CYBEX acquired Tectrix, a California-based manufacturer of primarily bikes and steppers. Production of bikes and other Tectrix cardiovascular products was ultimately moved to Medway. CYBEX currently operates out of two manufacturing facilities: Medway and Owatonna.

In an expansion of the company’s international presence, in 2001 CYBEX acquired Forza, the prior CYBEX dealer in the United Kingdom. This acquisition established direct sales and distribution in the UK. CYBEX has distributors in 87 countries around the globe.

The revolutionary Arc Trainer, first introduced in 2002, established CYBEX in the cross trainer category and the Eagle line re-affirmed the CYBEX leadership in strength training and marked the third complete line of CYBEX selectorized equipment. This is in additional to the plate loaded, free weight and functional training lines of strength equipment. In 2010 CYBEX introduced its Big Iron series for pro athletes. The 750 Treadmill as well as both upright and recumbent exercise bike were developed as part of the premium product line CYBEX has always been known for.

CYBEX continues to introduce innovative new products that reflect the company’s heritage of exercise science and currently offers over 175 individual fitness machines. The company is listed on the NASDAQ and trades as CYBI..

Basic Steps for Increasing the Longevity of your Group Exercise Bike

Weather you have a group exercise bike studio or one just for use in your home you can reduce costly repairs and keep your exercise bike looking great for many years.  Most of these steps are very basic and in the case of a group exercise room, the instructor can have the participants do most of these steps at the completion of their workout.

Procedures to do After Each Use

  1. Dry the bike after each use to remove sweat and moisture.  A participant in a class could use a paper towel and possibly a non-alcohol based disinfecting solution to prevent the spread of communicable diseases.
  2. Bring the Handle Bars and Seat Posts to their highest position.  This prevents rusting from sweat and cleaners that can slide between the frame and the posts.  Again, this is something that an instructor can have a class participant do.

Procedures to Complete Daily

  1. Clean your bike or bikes using a non-ammonia based cleaner.  In a club or studio setting, this should be completed either by the instructor who just completed the last class or a floor attendant, if available.
  2. Make Sure the Frame is Wiped Dry.  Do not leave cleaners to dry on the frames without being wiped off.  This prevents build-up and the possiblility of rusting
  3. Special Considerations.  Be sure not to get the resistance pad wet on group exercise bikes equipped with them (Some bikes are now equipped with Magnetic Resistance), do not wipe the chain with cleaning solutions, and never use a petroleum based solvent for cleaning the bikes as this can damage the paint.

Procedures to Complete Monthly

  1. Re-torque the bottom bracket and crank arms.  Refer to the owner’s manual for the correct amount of pressure to torque the crank arms and brackets to.  This can be done by an instructor in a group setting or you can contract with a fitness repair company that specializes in preventative maintenance packages.
  2. Inspect all Parts.  Look for loose nuts and screws.  Also make sure to inspect all wear and tear parts such as hand grips, turn knobs, resistance pads (on those equipped), etc.
  3. Lubricate the Chain.  The best bet is to go to a local bicycle shop and pick up some of their heavy duty water proof chain lube.
  4. Lubricate Posts.  Using a non-petroleum based silicone lube, wipe the lube onto the handle bar and seat adjustment posts to prevent rusting and to ensure a smooth motion

Procedures to Complete Quarterly

  1. Inspect Resistance Pads (on bikes equipped).  Look for wearing, fraying, and any other kinds of damage.  If anything is noticed, replace the resistance pad as soon as possible.
  2. Lubricate Resistance Pad (if equipped).  Spraying a small amount of silicone lubricant onto felt resistance pads will increase longevity and can reduce squeaking.  On exercise bikes equipped with leather resistance pads, lubricate lightly with 3-in-1 oil to keep them from drying out, thus increasing longevity and reducing squeaking.
  3. Inspect the Drive Mechanism.  Chain or belt drive systems need to be inspected for signs of wear and for proper tension.  Adjust tension to reduce slippage during use as needed.

In conclusion, following these simple steps will increase the life of your group exercise bike.  Many procedures are easily done by participants in a class setting.  In large facilities with many units it may be wise to consult with a local fitness equipment repair company to see if they offer preventative maintenance packages specifically for group exercise bikes.

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Do Functional Training Exercise Equipment Really Increase Core Activity?

Every manufacturer has a version of a functional trainer.  Weather it is the cabinet design or the dual adjustable pulley design that looks like a shrunken cable crossover they all pretty much function the same way with minor differences separating them all.  The rationale behind the functional trainer units is that they help increase the amount of core stabilizing muscles utilized while performing exercises on the workout machines.  With all of the claims, has anyone actually taken a look to see if these claims are for real?  A recent study from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst did just that.  The Department of Kinesiology took a look at the effects of the Progressive Stability Pad of the Cybex Bravo Functional Trainer on abdominal muscle activation and load during a vertical chest press.

Why Use the Cybex Bravo Functional Trainer for the Exercise Test Instead of Another Functional Trainer?

The premise of the test at the University of Massachusetts was to test the effects of free standing vertical chest press, a full supported vertical chest press, and a partially supported vertical chest press on the involvement of the abdominal muscles.  By using the Cybex Bravo Functional Trainer and the Progressive Stability Pad, all three versions of the vertical chest press can be tested on one machine.

Study Parameters

A total of five men and seven women were used in the study.  They performed their ten repetition maximum lifts that was determined before the trial at a 45 beats per minute cadence.  Surface Electromyography (EMG) was used in order to measure the activation of the rectus abdominis and the external oblique.  The foot placement for the Free Standing press was with the feet staggers at two thirds the participant’s height.  For the Full Stability press, the stability pad was placed at the scapula (shoulder blades).  Finally, for the Partial Stability press the stability pad was placed at the sacrum (tail bone).

Trial Results

After the completion of the test, an average of all the users was used for the three different positions.  The data showed that the activation of the core muscles (rectus abdominis and external obliques) was almost identical in the Free Standing and Full Stability presses with the Partial Stability press showing 184% more core muscle activity over the Free Standing  and Full Stability presses.  The authors conclude that due to the free nature of the Free Standing press, the body can be leaned forward while pressing back.  This combination would create a situation in which there isn’t torque being applied to the spine, thus not requiring activation of the core muscles for stabilization.

In conclusion, not all functional trainers are created equally.  By having the ability to adjust the amount of stability by adjusting the placement of the Progressive Stability Pad on the Cybex Bravo Functional Trainer allows the user to truly incorporate more stabilizing muscles than that of it’s counter parts.  At the time of this writing, Cybex is the only known manufacturer to have the Progressive Stability Pad.

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