10 Must Have Equipment for Building a Sports Performance Gym

There are many things to consider when deciding to launch a fitness performance center. Everything from the layout, equipment selection, construction, hiring employees, etc. In this article, I will go over the major pieces of fitness equipment required to maximize an athlete’s training.

Power Rack or Half Rack





Performance centers typically consist of several powers racks or half racks. So, I would recommend looking into a rack that would be ideal for group classes. Something like the Training Camp GR Half Rack is great because it allows an individual to train in multiple styles while simultaneously acting as a storage unit for bumper plates, bars and kettlebells.

Some of the exercises that the Training Camp GR Half Rack allows you to perform are:

  • Battle Ropes
  • Landmine Training
  • Squats
  • Pull Ups
  • Deadlifts

Olympic Platform


Olympic Platforms can be set up by themselves or with a rack on-top. Platforms are great for individuals that want to perform. Platforms can be typically altered to fit your exact space. They are a great addition if your training center composes of athletes that want to do any Olympic lifting or people doing deadlifts. Also, platforms help vastly reduce any noise on heavy lifts and drops from shoulder height



Indoor Gym Turf is a great addition to make your gym really stand out. It is also exceptionally functional. Turf can be in a wide variety of ways such as individual or group training. Turf is great for performance centers because it is a great surface for sprinting, agility work, circuit training or sled pushing/ dragging.








Sleds come in many shapes and sizes. The most popular type of is the prowler sled. Sled allows athlete to push themselves to the absolute limit. There is not any other workout which is quite like a sled push. The Training Camp 5 Sled is a unique sled in that it has the ability to transform into a wheel-barrow. Performing wheel-barrow exercises in addition to pushing a sled while give the athletes you train an added “edge”


Rubber Flooring

Rubber flooring for most gyms is a given. The ideal type of rubber flooring for most fitness performance gyms is interlocking rubber flooring because it is easy to install, holds up well, looks seamless in artificial lighting and extremely durable. Unlike rolled rubber flooring, this does not need to be glued down. This makes interlocking tiles a better choice because if this is your first performance fitness gym and you want to expand in the future you can add more interlocking tiles. With Rolled rubber, once the flooring is glued down – it is a sunken asset – you will not be able to use it in another space.



Dumbbells have been around forever and there a reason they work at improving your fitness. You can perform almost any exercise with them. It’s great for a performance gym because it gives the user a greater range of motion than a single station piece of equipment performing a similar movement.



Glute ham developers are great for a variety of exercises such as glute ham raise, GHD sit ups, back extensions, etc. Regarded as one of the best tools to develop the posterior chain.


Manual Non-Motorized Treadmill

Treadmills in the mass consumer market have been primarily motorized since its inception. Manual treadmills have been on the rise, especially, over the last few years. This is a great piece for a performance gym because athletes can literally go from 0 to full speed within a few seconds. In addition to no electrical outfitting required and minimal maintenance.



A rower provides an effective cardio workout. It is great to have in a performance gym to for members to warm up in the beginning or burn out in the end. When used optimally and consistently it helps athletes build the endurance they need to win. Rowers are also great to any recovering or injury prone athletes because it is a low impact motion.


Bars & Bumper Plates

No gym is complete without some bars and plates, especially a performance gym. For a performance gym, a high quality commercial barbell that is designed to handle Olympic lifts is required. Bumper plates are preferred over regular plates because it gives a standard base to lift from as well these bars and weights can be dropped from shoulder height for a PR or one rep max







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