Originally Posted by 5kgLifter
To a degree, I agree, Kyle, but there are also Fitness Centres, like the one we have (the only place
) where it's more a case of our equipment will last longer if we don't permit the clientele to throw it about, hence no Oly moves are permitted...but you can snatch a dumbbell
Management are lying to you.
Barbells and plates and racks are the cheapest part of a gym. Treadmills with heart rate monitors and the like cost $12,000. A life fitness shoulder press machine costs $4,500.
You can set up a platform, power rack, barbell and 200kg of bumper plates for about $3,000 wholesale.
By comparison, centres I've worked at have paid $3,000 a day to heat their outdoor swimming pools, and $2,500 a week to have at least one staff member on through the 100 hours of opening.
In any gym, equipment and its maintenance are the smallest expense overall. Free weights are the smallest part of that small part.