There is a lot of them and the business of gyms is increasing although generally there doesn’t appear to be much change in the way of new types of equipment coming in. They are really only variations of similar machines in the various gyms and although some are more high tech they are still basically doing the same thing as the older model. Some of the gyms might have older free weights and machines, and new high tech cardio trainers. Others might have the reverse. But having all new equipment right across the board allows a gym description to be touted as having all the latest high tech equipment and so may attract more new members.
The bigger gyms obviously have more equipment and free space between the various resistance machines, benches, combined multi station/crossover stands, and barbell and dumbbell racks. Cardio equipment is Cycles, Treadmills, Rowing machines, and Cross Trainers all of which vary hugely in terms of pre-set programs and screens to match a program. Cycles with screens showing country and town scenes you are passing through are fun and go a long way to help pass the time.
Maybe the new members don’t know the ins and outs of good and not so good gyms until they have been there for 6 months and understand different model the machines, for instance, could vary the range of movement of a specific muscle or muscle group which could also vary their program and make the workout more interesting. Gyms with pre-loaded barbells are great because it take the hassle out of loading and unloading plates. So paying a bit more for a membership at a more suitable gym might give a member a smoother, more beneficial workout.
Every week new types of equipment are coming on the market. Of course most of it is very expensive and definitely out of the range of home gym users and probably even smaller commercial gyms with less members. Hence the gyms that have the biggest range of free weights, machines, cardio equipment and 24/7 access are likely to have more members than the gyms with less. However, at the end of the day, it can still amount to a personal preference. Of course an experienced and focused trainer can, to a degree, overcome some of the lack of equipment simply using knowledge gained from years in the industry.
All of the gyms have a trainer or trainers whose experience can range from just out of a training facility to many years of experience across a wide range of types of training. It’s really about finding a gym with the right gear and a trainer who can assist according to your individual, specific, needs.
Choosing a gym according to equipment, cost, and your personality.