I am looking into opening a gym and am researching equipment to buy. Most of what I am looking at is free weight and plate loaded stuff. The only machines I'm looking at are a lat pull down/cable row and cable cross over.
Here are my questions-
1. What are good companies to do business with? Both the manufactures and distributers, I have been mostly looking at Iron Company's website and Legend Fitness equipment.
2. How much weight do I need to have on hand? How much in plates, how heavy in dumbells?
3. Enlighten me on power racks. I can see how versitile they could be but do they offer any greater function if i'm already going to have Olympic flat, incline, and deline and benches, a squat rack, dip and pull up station.
These questions may seem pretty basic for someone thinking about opening a gym but I have very little local basis of comparison for a good weightlifting/fight gym. Our local YMCA caters to the geriatric crowd, and the only other place in town if more women's fitness oriented. The only gym that was geared toward weightlifting was run by a crazy man who would sometimes run off paying customers beacouse he forgot that they paid(he recently closed after running off customers). His equipment was a mixture of stuff members put there, some commercial Items, and stuff made for him by the local vo/tech (nice stuff, but it was a once off and not something you can buy today)
Thanks in advance for any and all advice.