The rise of major chain gyms such as Planet Fitness and LA Fitness have wreaked havoc with the local, mom and pop gyms, to the tune of a plethora of "For Sale" signs due to a lack of members.
The aforementioned chain clubs blow into town with low prices (in the case of Planet Fitness), new equipment and the kind of clubs that look like clean, new and well maintained. The around the corner, locally owned shops don't stand a chance.
And with that, you'll see plenty of them up for sale.
But what is to happen with that equipment? Sure, that stuff might get sold along with the building, but what if it isn't? Typically, local clubs have an auction style sale to rid themselves of equipment for pennies on the dollar, and that's your chance to determine what equipment you might want to buy.
Or, if you're joining a new gym, you can determine what machines are best suited for you and others that might not be. Either way, you have some questions to answer, and if you believe that all equipment is created equal, you're wrong.
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