What Do You Like/don't Like In Your Gym??


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So after 30+ years lifting iron, and finding the standard and quality of modern gyms rapidly going downhill - at least here in London, UK - I have finally got the opportunity to create and open my very own independent gym!

I have 4000 sq.ft and am looking at squat racks, power racks/cages, a couple of heavy duty leg presses (for those of us with older, dodgy knees and lower backs!) flat, incline and decline benches, a couple of Smiths/Jones machines (I have no friends... I usually train alone!) and some other heavy duty machines for calves, back, shoulders etc.. and a shed load of iron plates and bars...

I will have a couple of treadmills, a couple of rowers and a couple of stationary bikes.

I will sell protein powders and a selection of other appropriate supplements, and branded clothing.

I will also have a small cafe bar area, and sell a decent quality espresso coffee, green tea, some fruit and maybe some other food stuffs.

There will be male and female changing rooms with showers.
I will offer yearly contracts, monthly contracts and pay-as-you-go.

There is a large supermarket car-park opposite and cheap street parking.
I intend to open from 6am or 7am on weekdays, (slightly later at weekends) and close about 10pm most nights.

I am very new to running a business or gym, even though I have spent my whole adult life, and some, in various gyms, so I am open to absolutely any advice or constructive criticism.

What do you want to see in your gym? What do you not like??

Thanks in advance.

Seems pretty good to me as I said before nothing better than a proper hardcore gym and I hope it all goes well for you!

In addition to your list for me I would also like to see

1 - at least one dedicated deadlift station possibly two
2 - a ban on the muppets who do bicep curls in the squat racks, lol

If I am ever in the area for a site meeting etc I may even pop in, when you are up and running of course.
Thanks Mick,

1) - I agree. I can be difficult to dedicate a rack/cage to a particular lift, as, as you noted in (2)... muppets like to train their pea-sized guns anywhere there is a decent rack with an awesome mirror in front of it!

2) No mirrors in front of the squat racks... and a dedicated muppet bicep rack...

Yeah feel free to come and train anytime you are down this way!