by A. M.
When just starting out on my own, I had a very hard time finding even the most basic equipment for exercise testing, etc. because I work independently and not for a gym. There should be at minimum a forum on this site that gives feedback and/or suggestions on where to purchase equipment online (usually the best value), what equipment is really necessary, what products don't work as advertised, etc.
(EXAMPLE: Ever tried to buy a dynamometer, or even find a review of one from a personal trainer's perspective?? Or how about a regular-size 12" step for cardiorespiratory assessmnets?? Impossible!!)
There is definitely a need for this information, and this site is perfect for it because this is where I found all the other information I needed to successfully start my business. You would think there would be one convenient place to buy everything the new fitness business owner needs, but there just isn't. I was totally lost. Thanks, Katie!