In parts 1 and 2 of this series, we discussed the basics of creating a strategic plan to develop your dream weight room that best suits your population and your plan to train your athletes and students and then the overall design or floor plan of your redesigned, remodeled, or newly constructed weightroom.
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By now you should have given a lot of thought to analyzing the purpose of your weight room and the needs that you, your population, and your facility have to meet the purposes you have identified and we are going to tap into that more in looking into what approach you should take when choosing which large pieces of equipment i.e. racks, rigs, and machines you need.
First, let me save you some time and frustration. Never ask in an open forum “What are the best racks or rigs out there?” or “What machines should have in the weightroom?” I did so on the NHSCCA Facebook page and the myriad of answers and fervent support of equipment dealers and brands was overwhelming! Everyone has their favorite and go-to people for large pieces of equipment for good reason. As my friend and colleague Scott Meier from Farmington High School in Minnesota told me when I was struggling with the overabundance of suggestions I was getting, “...everyone has all kind of suggestions when they aren't the ones spending the money.” I would suggest these steps in your process to decide on what racks, rigs, and equipment you might need:
Once you have decided on your non-negotiables, then I would do the following:
Next time, I’ll be discussing “Part 4: ”Why Weight? Purchasing the Right Options for Loading Your Athletes” We’ll discuss how to go about choosing and purchasing the right weights i.e. plates, dumbbells, kettlebells, etc. for your dream facility.
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