Most small independent gyms are running on a tight budget and already have a large amount of over heads including rent, light, heat, trainers and the upkeep of the equipment (plus many more!). The last thing a gym wants to do is to have to pay a commercial TV license to have a few TV’s on the treadmills for it’s clients. I was at a gym recently in Coogee in Australia and they had Youtube videos playing in the background and often played house music playlists or old UFC fights in the gym. I wondered how they were doing that and inquired to the gym manager. He told me about this android TV box that he has connected to all of the TV’s in the gym. Don’t ask me how this is done but apparently it is not a big deal to set up. He got the android TV box from androidtvaustralia.com and it only cost $149.99 and is a one off fee.
I know many gym owners and managers don’t have the funding to pay for expensive TV options so I thought I would write a post about this low cost solution. Obviously the TVs will still have to be paid for but these can also be gotten cheap from ebay.com.au and I would recommend looking at second hand options to save money or even refurbished options. Things to look for when getting an android box are the processor and the ram but as I said the company above were recommended so can’t seem to go too far wrong with them I am sure.
So being fitness fanatics we like to take care of our bodies here at the gym and that includes of course exercises, clean eating as much as we can and general hygiene. One other thing we have recently taken an interest in is our teeth. There is nothing worse than having a fantastic body that takes hours of hard work along with clean eating which most people considering more difficult than the actual workouts only to have yellow teeth to undo all of your other hard work.
Of course cleaning your teeth is a priority and should be done first thing in the morning and last thing in the evening before bed. There has also been a range of products from Crest such as teeth whitening tooth paste which is supposed to help a bit but if you need some heavy lifting done (pardon the pun) then what are the options? Well teeth whitening strips and teeth whitening kits are your low cost options to whiten your teeth and then of course there is the professional option of going to a dentist to get your teeth whitening done. This can be expensive and a lot of health insurance policies will not cover such an option as it is seen as cosmetic as opposed to a health issue.
This leaves the lower cost options which seem to be just as effective. Teeth whitening strips are the most popular from this and are available for as little as €35.00 online from brightwhites.ie so it is not breaking the bank and this will give you two weeks of whitening strips which should be enough to make a noticeable difference. So don’t forget about your teeth when spending so much time on your body and health as teeth are a big factor that a lot of people forget about. Happy training!
For a while now we have been looking to do our gym up a little bit without breaking the bank. We have all of the equipment we need including racks, machines, matts, medicine balls etc. but we wanted the gym to look a bit more welcoming more than a fitted out warehouse even though that is what it is. So I had a look online for a few things we needed and came across a few ideas that might help other gym owners around the country save some cash.
The first thing we got was some TV’s. Usually this would be pretty expensive but we went for some generic TV’s and saved several hundred euros as opposed to buying brand new big brand names. These are really only to display music videos and fitness videos so we didn’t need the best of the best but we were surprised by how good they were. To go with this we did not want to sign up for an expensive Virgin media account just to show videos in the gym so we ended up getting what is known as a dreambox from www.dreambox.ie that allows you to play Youtube to the TV. All of this cost us about €600 as opposed to over €1000 if we got a monthly subscription and brand name TV’s. So if you are around the area pop in and take a look! We have had nothing but positive feedback so far..it’s amazing what you can do without breaking the bank!