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5/21/2014 11:09:32 PM - Brad
Hi Mark.
Im preparing for our facility to open in late August. My question to you is how do you like to set up your weight room. General layout? Where do you like to perform prehab and general warm ups? Where do you set your racks compared to dumbell racks? Our facility will cater to the general public but mostly as a team high school setting. I know this is a vague question with no knowledge of dimensions and square footage. Im just getting ideas to what you liked as a general set up of your ideal weight room.
Matt Goodwin has given us a quote from late last year.
Thabnks for your help


Thank you for the question and keeping us in mind when deciding on equipment. I know it is a huge decision and we appreciate your support. I am learning that is the difference between elitefts and a lot of other companies is we are always honored when someone opens a facility with our equipment.

So, you are correct in saying that it is difficult to help without knowing dimensions but I will try to help with some guidlines.

In no particular order....

Make sure if you are getting flooring installed it is a minimum of 16mm. If you put in flooring yourself like installing large stall mats, then make sure they all match.

The Entrance
This needs to be an area where your clients can make the transition. I you don't have locker rooms make sure you have cubbies for people to put their stuff along with an area for flyer, announcements, apparel, etc.

This area should be open and would be an area for warm-ups, pre-hab, and soft tissue work. This is where you have your foamroller, peanuts, softballs, dowel rods, bands fro stretching, whatever. It can also double as a cool-down area as well.

Being open with no equipment will also allow for a better line-of-sight to the rest of the facility. This also means that the most impressive pieces of equipment or section of the facility should catch the clients eye. whether it is your racks, a monolift, turf, plyoboxes, etc, you should be able to see them from the entrance. This doen't mean stick a rack right in front of the door, it just means "line of sight".

Match the equipment to the clientele
Don't buy equipment you don't need. and know your identity. If you are training athletes and soccer mom's; hold off on the Deluxe monolift... for now. Conversely, if you have clients competing in powerlifting, strongman, or crossfit; then you need to address their needs with their equipment. When in doubt, buy racks with 0-90 benches.

Equipment Set-Up
Ok, this is all personal opinion, but here are some key points.

1. Get Half Rack if you are tight on space. This will open up either the middle or one side of your room depending how you set it up.

2. Avoid Double sided racks. Some like these because they think it saves space, but it actually accompanies the middle of your room.

3. Put your racks against the wall. There are two ways to do this. First you can put racks against the wall with the middle of your facility open. You can then put your dumbbell racks in between the racks. This way you and your trainers can coach both sides and the facility will appear larger.

The second way it to have all of your racks against one wall and your other equipment on the other side. Either way, uput the racks against the wall or use the back of the racks to separate another area of the facility. My man Nick Showman did this at Showtime Strength & Performance.

4. Use corners as storage or for machines.

5. If you are doing speed and agility training with turf, use that area for conditioning as well. Don't block the areal between your warm-up and your turf. Make sure you can access the areas in the facility in the same way your would design a workout. i.e. Warm-up, Speed, Strength, conditioning.

Call Matt or myself with the dimensions and we can better help with setting this up. Again, we appreciate you keeping us in mind. Remember, you get what you pay for and make sure your equipment represents your identity as a business.

Call us whenever you need anything and looking forward to talking with you, Brad.

more than just brick, steel, and rubber,
Mark Watts

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