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Old 05-19-2006, 01:46 PM   #1
Daniel Seth Rudolph
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Hi everybody-

I was hoping to solicit some input from you all. I am opening a personal training studio and have just 425 square feet to work with. This area will include a desk as mini-office and a treadmill so people can do some cardio while I am training clients. So I have about 300 square feet to layout the rest of my equipment.

Right now, I am planning to put a squat rack with a pullup bar in, as well as a rack of dumbbells. The squat rack must only be about eight feet high though, as the ceilings are just ten feet.

Other than that, I have a jumprope, stackable steps, and boxing mits/pads.

If you had this space (300 square feet), what would you place in it? Thanks for your input....
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Old 05-19-2006, 03:40 PM   #2
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I'd ditch the treadmill for a C2 rower. Less space taken up and people can run outside if they have to. You want to get some med balls and rings and you are well on your way.

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Old 05-19-2006, 05:32 PM   #3
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Yes, ditch the treadmill. I'm waiting for the day I can talk my wife into getting rid of ours...

A jump rope and a step will be more than enough warm-up/cardio for your clients at a fraction of the price and space. Or get the rower, which is stored vertically (if you've got the $$).

Pull-up bar and/or rings are a must.

Dumbbells, all weights (you probably won't need them past 55 pounds yet).
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Old 05-20-2006, 08:45 AM   #4
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I would suggest a commercial grade elliptical for a great cardio alternative to the C2. What is your target market?
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Old 05-20-2006, 09:36 AM   #5
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Will,
This isn't the place to be suggesting the elliptical...:yawn:.

That is, unless it's functional training for an astronaut that you're after! :lol:
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Old 05-20-2006, 09:53 AM   #6
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I started training people in my garage with about 130 square feet of space. I had an 8'x8' Olympic lifting platform, a portable squat rack, pulling blocks, and a rack to hold bumper plates. That was it. Oh, and a white board.

I'd ditch the treadmill too. Takes up too much space, costs too much, and doesn't get the same results as the C2. The C2 can be stowed away and/or broken apart in a flash.
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Old 05-20-2006, 01:32 PM   #7
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Wow, I knew I would get a few suggestions but I didn't realize how many- thank you all very much for your input.

I am very interested in the C2 rower. The only reason I hadn't seriously considered it is that I have never used one- I need to get myself on one of those to see what it feels like.

Someone told me today that I can get a good C2 rower on Ebay for $500- is that true?

Again, thank you all. I am going to make sure I get myself on a C2 before hauling the treadmill into my new space.
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Old 05-20-2006, 04:48 PM   #8
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Garret;

Besides your informative posts, your sense of humor is refreshing. Thanks.

Jay
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Old 05-21-2006, 06:11 PM   #9
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Thanks Jay!:happy:
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Old 05-22-2006, 06:55 AM   #10
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Daniel, I'd search on Craigslist before eBay. Much more likely to find a good price.
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