Functional trainers are useful for all modes of resistance training: strength, hypertrophy, speed and power, and endurance. These machines provide the option to isolate single muscle groups or to perform full body and functional movements with resistance. A commercial functional trainer will typically have cable attachment points on either side of the machine that are fully adjustable up and down. The feature sets range on functional trainers and like any piece of fitness equipment they can be simple, or very high-tech with many different options. Any commercial functional trainer will allow you to perform smooth and effective exercises whether you're training to build/tone muscle or even practice sport specific exercise movements.
A commercial functional trainer is a great piece of fitness equipment to have, no matter what kind of commercial gym you own. The main reason for this is because commercial functional trainers are so versatile. If you are finishing a gym in an apartment building for example, most of the time you won't have a ton of space to work with. Even just having one commercial functional trainer can ensure your clients and members are able to exercise almost every muscle on their body. Commercial functional trainers take up little space, considering the amount of weight resistance exercises you can do. On the other hand, if you have a large space to work with and many users, you may want to have a row of a few commercial functional trainers to ensure all your members are able to utilize them, as they are quite popular.
Commercial grade fitness equipment is important in all types of commercial facilities, in order to ensure your fitness equipment will last for years to come. Fitness Experience has a wide range of fitness equipment from light commercial to fully commercial grade. The type of commercial fitness equipment you choose will depend on the demographic of your facility, intensity of use and frequency of use. Our team of commercial account managers can help guide you towards the commercial fitness equipment that is best for you, your clients and your budget.
For the most part, a commercial functional trainer will utilize a weight stack, because this makes it easy for members to adjust weight quickly between sets, or even share the machine with another member. Weight plate loaded functional trainers are not as common, but definitely still an option. A plate loaded functional trainer may be more popular in a setting such as a university gym. It's important to consider that if your machine is plate loaded, you will need a full set of plates in a variety of increments, as well as ample storage. Some plate loaded functional trainers will have weight plate storage built in, but it's an important factor to consider because you don't want weight plate laying between the machines.
Weight stacks most commonly will be a black or gray weight stack, however customizations on other parts of the functional trainer are a possibility, such as adding a logo to the frame. Commercial weight stacks finish will also vary and some finishes are louder than others.
Forza by FitWay offers functional trainers starting as low as $2599. Forza functional trainers are not suitable for all commercial facilities depending on the intensity and frequency of use, so it's important to consult with one of our experts prior to choosing this machine. The FitWay Forza Functional Trainer Features two 200 lb. weight stacks and offers a convenient workout for users of all fitness levels. The Forza functional trainer by FitWay is high quality and durable and offers a higher weight stack than most other functional trainers.
Matrix Fitness offers a wide variety of commercial grade functional trainers. The Versa Functional Trainer is a popular choice for commercial gyms. The smart design of this commercial functional trainer provides a remarkable range of exercise options in a space-saving footprint. Incremental weight adjustment and a 1:2 pulley ratio make it easy to control exercise intensity and create progressions right for everyone from deconditioned users to elite athletes. The Versa series by Matrix Fitness also features a multi-grip pull-up bar, color-coded adjustment points to the professionally illustrated exercise placards and intuitive operation for users and trainers alike. Optional storage makes it easy to organize and stow accessories for instant access, and the completely enclosed design protects moving parts while creating a solid, cohesive aesthetic on your gym floor. Matrix Fitness will provide your members with an enhanced functional training experience.
Matrix Fitness has come up with an innovative system called "Connexus" which allows you to customize your functional training area. This can be great for functional training classes, which are growing in popularity, or just to maximize the space you have. Connexus is a series of products and solutions that enable you to create the functional training system that works best for your facility. You can select from freestanding and wall-mounted units to begin and then build out exactly what you need with our expansion kits and options. You get to tailor your system to your space, your programming goals and your members. Functional training is increasingly popular. Group training breeds loyalty. Connexus brings the two together in a single flexible, accessible system. The end goal is good fit, high function and member engagement. Fitness facilities are constantly looking for ways to set themselves apart from their competition and Connexus is certainly one way to do that. The possibilities and customizations are endless, we are certain that we could create something that will be the perfect fit for your commercial gym.
Some of the best functional trainers can be used for exercises that focus on making you stronger, faster, and more agile in addition to improving strength training through use of the weight stacks. Functional trainers are useful for athletes hoping to improve explosiveness (vertical or horizontal), increase coordination, agility, and flexibility.
Examples of functional trainer exercises include: standing chest press, pull ups, rows, squats, bicep curls, tricep push downs, walking lunges and more. A functional trainer makes performing weight resistance exercises easy, because you don't need to worry about using additional equipment like a bar, plates or dumbbells.
If you have personal trainers in your facility, they will make good use of this area. Whether your members are trying to lose weight, build muscle, tone muscle, or even work on muscular endurance this machine will be put to good use. Rehabilitation is another area that a commercial functional trainer could be an excellent training machine, especially for stabilizing muscles.
Although a functional trainer alone can provide you with a fantastic, complete workout some users will benefit from a few different additions to the home gym to pair with the functional trainer.
A flat or Flat / Incline / Decline bench would be the most common addition to a functional trainer purchase. A bench that can be easily rolled out of the functional trainer to allow for easy transition between exercises with a bench and exercises without is key. Some benches are specifically designed for certain machines and will have the option to connect to the cable system. This is one of the features that has become popular for people wanting to do leg extension and leg curl exercises.
Additional weight stack plates can be another welcomed accessory either at the time of installation or once you progress in your fitness journey. These additional plates will take a common 150lb weight stack and increase it too 200lb per side on most common functional trainers.
One final group of accessories to consider would be cable attachments. While some functional trainers come with a complete set of options others may only be available as an additional purchase. Most machines will come with handles, although some people prefer certain types of handles that may not be included. If there is a certain attachment you want, most cable attachments are universal, however some attachment points may not be compatible on your machine. For example, carabineer sizes may vary so it's important to look at this before purchasing.
Space is often a limiting consideration when choosing exercise equipment for your facility. If there is a pull up bar you need enough clearance at the top of the machine to do pull up exercises. Space on either side of the machine is also a good idea. As mentioned earlier, a functional trainer has a compact footprint, but you'll still want clearance around the machine as some exercises require ample amount of space.
For all commercial facilities, we strongly recommend using our delivery and installation team to ensure proper set up of your new fitness equipment. Particularly functional trainers are not the most simple pieces of equipment to put together. Save yourself the headache and let our team set up the equipment for you.