Originally Posted by Kyle Aaron
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.
That wouldn't actually surprise me since I couldn't for the life of me fathom why I'd been shown a dumbbell snatch shortly after being informed no "throwing" lifts, whilst standing wondering how they classified a hang clean.
I've also mentioned, on here I think, about the rack area flooring which is a soft rubber and tends to sink slightly underfoot, certainly not something I feel overly safe on and find it much easier to do an overhead press at home than on their specialised flooring; in a way, I'm pleased I can workout at home, Oly lifts and all