Three Pieces of Equipment Every Studio Owner Should Have and Why

Maurice Williams | 23 Sep 2020
There is not a shortage of a variety of fitness equipment. Whatever your heart's desire is, there is probably a piece of equipment for it. 

If you train athletes, you probably have a squat rack and S.A.Q (speed, agility and quickness) toys. If you train seniors, you probably have bands and balance tools. If you train everyone in between, you probably have dumbbells, body weight straps, a Bosu Ball and battle ropes. 

All of these pieces of fitness equipment will get the job done. As studio owners, there is usually limited space. With the space that is available, you want to maximize it. So, what if you could only train your clients with three pieces of equipment in the space you have? What would choose?

Here are my three pieces of fitness equipment every studio owner should have and why:

1. DVRT Ultimate Sandbag

The DVRT system uses sandbags to train the human body functionally in 360 degrees of range of motion. Similar to a dumbbell, yet much more versatile, the ultimate sandbag is limitless in terms of functionality. It's portable and does not take up a lot of space. The leaders of the DVRT system have done an excellent job of putting together a modifiable system that works for all types of clients. 

2. MCore Bench

 The MCore Bench is one of the most unknown and underutilized benches on the market. Because of its design only covering the mid to upper back, the bench forces the core to engage, particularly the gluteals, transverse abdominals and psoas when one lies on their back. The bench can switch from flat, to incline and decline within a matter of seconds. In addition, the back support can be taken off and replaced with a plyo box. Lastly, there are welded hand pieces on the bottom of the bench that allows you to do band exercises and have several people using the bench at the same time for semi-private or small group circuit training. 

3. Penalty Box

The Penalty Box is such a simple and smart design that one will look at it and say why wasn't this designed years ago? It is an agility grid and hurdle all in one that can be used for not only S.A.Q drills, but exercises such as push-ups. When it is flat on the floor you can use it for agility. With the simple pull of a few fingers into the middle of grid, it quickly turns into a hurdle. Also, the cloth design of it makes it safe to accidentally step on and easily collapse to the ground without anyone getting hurt. 


As a fitness studio owner, your goal is to maximize the space you have with the right amount of equipment to help your clientele succeed. While there is a plethora of fitness equipment to choose from, not all them fit your wants and needs. The DVRT system, MCore Bench and Penalty Box all are great pieces of equipment for any fitness studio owner. 

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Maurice Williams

About the author: Maurice Williams

Maurice Williams offers a rare combination of advanced academic training, personal experience as a competitive athlete, and twenty years of experience in personal fitness and training. That combination –- a strong understanding of exercise and sport science and clinical exercise physiology, the determination of a competitive athlete, and broad fitness experience –- makes Maurice uniquely effective in helping his clients meet their health and fitness goals. He has a BS in Exercise/Sport Science from Elon University and an MS in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Ohio University.

Experience that makes a difference for you
Recognized as a Master Personal Trainer by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and an Elite Personal Fitness Trainer by IDEA, Maurice can help you no matter what your age, condition, or fitness goals. He works with women between the ages of 35-50 who are looking to regain the energy and look that they had in their 20’s and 30’s so they will not be frustrated and upset with themselves when they look in the mirror. He also is certified as a Personal Fitness Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Performance Enhancement Specialist, Senior Fitness Specialist, Weight Loss Specialist & Fitness Nutrition Specialist by NASM, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), a Barefoot Training Specialist-Level 1 through EBFA, a Fitness Nutrition Coach-Level 1 through Precision Nutrition and a Master Instructor for NASM & Most-Fit. As a fitness educator with his own education company, Move Well Fit Academy, Maurice teaches the Certified Personal Trainer course through NASM.

Smart Training that Produces Results
Maurice exercises his clients through the concept of functional training – focusing on everyday body movements, not muscles, in a progressive fashion to allow for optimal improvements in everyday activities, such as walking and lifting, as well as helping contribute to weight loss, increased stamina and strength. Maurice has helped people match exercise to their specific health challenges, too, including diabetes, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, hypertension, coronary artery disease, lower back pain, pulmonary issues, and pregnancy. His personal training studio, Move Well Fitness, specializes in 30-minute, semi-private (3-5 people) personal group training sessions that action packed with results driven programs. 

The Right Values
Maurice believes “Everyone has fitness is them, the challenge is bringing the fitness out.” His current workout includes resistance training, cardio and yoga. A former high school and collegiate athlete, Maurice grew up in South Carolina with roots that reach back to Brooklyn, NY. An avid sports fan, he still roots for Elon and his favorites, the Miami Hurricanes and the UNC Tarheels. A leader in his church, husband with a beautiful wife (just ask him) and father of four children, Maurice brings the right values to his work and his clients – a shared commitment to good health and fitness, an honest determination, and an understanding of what it takes to meet difficult challenges.

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