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Gym equipment is not made equal Gym equipment takes a pounding. If you’ve ever been into a gym where the equipment needs a refresh you will know exactly what that means. It looks tired. The upholstery is cracked and the metal pivot points look worse for wear. Good design is not just aesthetics Of course, aesthetics matters, it matters a lot. The gym is all about how things look. People go to the gym to lift weights because they are concerned with how they look. But that is not the whole story. Good design considers more than looks. It must take into account safety and ease-of-use. It covers the requirements of the gym experienced gym user and the neophyte who gets through by luck and not management.

What makes good equipment good? Take the humble adjustable weights bench. It is just a bench that pivots at various points. How complex can it be? How it is made makes a huge difference. For a start, thin or low-quality foam can


leave someone who is lifting a heavy weight feeling the board under the foam, and not being supported. The way in which the seat is connected to a base can cause issues with rocking and if an adjustable weights bench is constructed in a way that the seat is taking the brunt of the weight someone is lifting, a heavy weight could easily compromise the entire bench. Certainly, over time the potential for compromise increases. But if the upholstery is backed with steel the issue goes away and the bench becomes something you can see lasting for years. In more complex equipment, the implications multiply In a more complex piece like a powerlifting competition bench press, a gym wants to see the entire structure functioning as a well-constructed form and much more than the sum of its parts. There are so many different factors which need to come together to create the total that the IPF (International Powerlifting Federation) has created a set of standards for the bench press. But even beyond meeting to exceeding standards, there can be quality in how a powerlifting competition bench press is manufactured. Making sure that the bar comes down into the correct spot every time is the result of engineering not just the position of the user on the bench. What happens when a person uses a bench press alone? The biggest implication is safety. With no people to spot for them, the user has to rely on the equipment making up for their mistakes. Engineering which has taken into account the lone user reduces the gym’s concerns and reassures the user. How can you tell? There are many ways to assess the quality of a product and the integrity of its design. But one easy way to make an assessment with gym equipment is the warranty. It is a simple measuring stick but it gives an immediate clue to the way in which the production company views itself in the market. If you really want to know how good it is, check the warranty.

Gym equipment is not made equal  

Since the formation of Kustom Kit back in 2013 the overriding priority has been, and will always be, to provide you with gym equipment of su...

Gym equipment is not made equal  

Since the formation of Kustom Kit back in 2013 the overriding priority has been, and will always be, to provide you with gym equipment of su...

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