What do you want to achieve this year? If it starts with making that sleek gym design that you’ve been dreaming about into a reality, whether it’s for a commercial or an at-home gym, you’ve probably wondered about where you should be sourcing your equipment from.
There’s no shortage of gym equipment manufacturers, but with aspects like functionality, quality, and supplier service varying depending on your choice of supplier, manufacturing gym equipment comes in different shapes and sizes, making it confusing to know where to start and exactly what manufacturers you should be considering.
Want to create your dream gym space, but are more concerned with factors like paying the lowest price rather than who the supplier is? We know it’s tempting to just look at what’s on the price tag, but it could turn out that you end up paying more in the form of expensive upgrades or replacements.
That’s not where the list of problems ends: going for the cheapest options could mean that you’re investing in poor-quality equipment that has the potential to cause damage to your reputation and send clients and members looking elsewhere for unbeatable premium quality.
To make sure that your choice of gym equipment manufacturers is the right one, we always recommend that you consider and research the following:
- Uk gym equipment
- Bespoke gym equipment/custom build gym equipment
- Customer strength equipment
- Made in the UK
- Full, high-quality service
The best of UK gym equipment
You probably have an idea of the kind of equipment you’d like to fit out your gym with, but are you really getting your money’s worth?
If you’re sourcing equipment for your UK-based gym, looking at overseas manufacturers can limit the additional value provided by UK-based suppliers, such as the high-quality customer service that makes the journey to creating your dream gym and meeting your goals a smooth one.
As a result, we recommend that you don’t just ship from anywhere; lookout for UK-based companies which have a great reputation of providing a tailored full service from start to finish. For example, at Anvil, we’re able to provide all of our UK customers with design consultations, as well as a delivery and fit-out service delivered by our team.
We then have the added bonus of aftercare in case you have any queries or require any further assistance- The bottom line is that for the right equipment delivered alongside world-class service, it could be worth looking a little closer to home.
Custom build gym equipment manufacturers
It’s vital that your new gym equipment meets the needs of your gym and clients- this means making sure everything is fit to measure and is made with the best quality materials and processes. But if you want a gym that’s really going to impress and challenge your clients, simply offering what every other gym already has isn’t going to cut it.
We’re not suggesting that you need to source equipment no one’s heard of before, but it is important to make sure that you stand out, which should influence your choice of supplier and get you thinking about what custom options are available.
For example, if you’re looking to appeal to more gym-addicts, your gym will benefit from clear branding that works to raise awareness, so it’s a good idea to opt for a gym equipment manufacturer that can create bespoke and custom pieces tailored to your specifications. Just imagine how great your Instagram page will look, as well as of all the workout photos and videos featuring your own custom equipment tagged on your members’ social media for everyone to see!
Custom strength equipment
Choosing a gym equipment manufacturer that can help you customise to achieve the right aesthetic for your equipment is important, but custom options go beyond just the aesthetic.
For specialist gyms and facilities, you’ll have more specific requirements from clients combined with higher expectations. You probably already have a pretty good idea of what you want from your equipment to make it unbeatable, and being able to relay that to your manufacturer and then receive a finished product that meets all of your specifications provides incredible value.
When it comes to customer strength equipment, only the best will do, and so you’ll need to keep an eye out for suppliers that provide additional value at every turn as part of a premium service including delivery and aftercare.
If you’re looking for specialist custom strength options, the manufacturer you choose should offer some of the following additional value:
- 3D rendering
- Design consulting
- Laser cutting and engraving
- Finished with your branding colours
- A full tailored service (see below to find out more)
At Anvil, we offer all this alongside our custom gym and rig design to help you to check all the boxes you have to meet the goals for your specialist gym or gym equipment.
A full service from your manufacturer
So what do you need to look out for when it comes to service? The best gym equipment manufacturers that offer world-class service from consultation through to aftercare will include some of the following as part of the full service:
Design and consultation– This includes a site survey by a trained engineer to take measurements and confirm what your individual requirements are.
Manufacture and fabrication– During the gym equipment manufacturing process, the best manufacturers will offer options such as bespoke precision laser-cut engravings and your choice of paintwork to match your gym’s brand.
Delivery– Whether you’re just upgrading your equipment or going for a whole new fit-out, look for a manufacturer that will deliver in line with your schedule to remove the stress.
Installation– If your manufacturer creates bespoke equipment, you should expect them to go above and beyond to make sure everything is perfect- with an installation service included, any problems that happen during the fit-out can be dealt with quickly.
Fitting out a gym can be stressful when there’s so much to organise, which is why we ensure that we offer a full service to all of our customers to meet all your needs and smash your goals for the gym you’ve been envisioning. Find out more about how we work here.
Gym equipment made in the UK
Finally, one of the most important considerations when sourcing your gym equipment is where it’s made. If you’ve opted for a UK-based company, that doesn’t mean they’re also manufacturing gym equipment onshore.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it can make it more difficult to verify the quality of the equipment, as well as the materials and labour. Not only does this impact the overall quality, but the resultant warranty and your level of aftercare will also likely be impacted.
For example, when buying from UK-based manufacturers, those in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have 6 years to claim on faulty products (5 years for Scotland), something that isn’t covered by overseas manufacturers.
So if you’re truly passionate about getting the best possible longevity and quality on offer, and want to know exactly where it’s coming from, who’s making it, and from what- opting for gym equipment that’s actually made in the UK is what we’d recommend.
At Anvil, our expert fabricators hand-build all our equipment in the UK using British galvanised steel, ensuring we achieve the top quality you expect while supporting family-run British businesses and UK workers. We’re incredibly passionate about supporting local business, which is why we also rely on a range of esteemed British suppliers for things including powder coating, leatherwork and laser cutting.
To find out more about what you can expect from our British-built gym equipment, click here.
By now you should have a pretty good idea of what to look out for in your gym equipment manufacturers. Not all will provide you with the quality customer service you’re after, so taking the time to narrow down the right choice will save time, money and stress further down the line.
The key takeaways? Not all suppliers manufacturing gym equipment share the same quality. Remember that the cost of your equipment can cost more than the price tag, especially if the quality isn’t up to scratch and your manufacturer doesn’t provide a full service, taking you step-by-step from consultation from fit-out. As a result, a focus on quality, service and transparency is what your manufacturer needs to meet your expectations- so that you can meet and exceed the expectations of your own clients and members.
Whichever gym equipment manufacturers you’re considering, we’re here to help with our expertise. If you’d like to find out more about our manufacturing process and how it could benefit your gym, click to get in touch.