This is the ultimate guide to gym equipment manufacturers in China. We have waded through the overwhelming number of Chinese commercial gym suppliers to sort out the best from the rest, so that you can have complete confidence when it comes to selecting your preferred gym equipment manufacturer.
For your reference, here I list the sources of this article:
- China Customs;
- China Industry and Commerce Bureau;
- Official website of fitness equipment companies;
- Interviews with experts in the field of fitness equipment;
- Interviews with customers from various countries;
- Interviews with salesmen of fitness equipment companies.
Let’s dive in!
Main Gym Equipment Industry Regions
The four provinces that are home to most of China’s commercial gym equipment manufacturers are:
source：In-depth interview with industry experts
Comparing the Companies at a Glance
Before we get into the details, here is an overview comparing the scale-growth rate, along with the quality and price for the top 10 companies.
Product Positioning Matrix:
Manufacturer Positioning Matrix:
- The above comparison is only about commercial fitness equipment part of each brand ;
- The graph is based on the official data from brand website, China Industry and Commerce Bureau, and also interviews with experienced industry experts;
Top 10 Ranking List
- Body Strong
1.Johnson | Health is Our Only Product
Johnson Health Tech, which is based in Taiwan, has been in business since 1975. Over its four decades, it has grown tremendously, with factories and research and development facilities in Taiwan, Shanghai and North America. Johnson Health Tech has the distinction of being the first sports equipment manufacturer listed in China.
Johnson Health incorporates such well-known brands as Matrix, Horizon, Tempo and Vision. These brands are sold in more than 60 countries around the world, catering to both the commercial and home gym markets. Johnson keeps going from strength to strength with a current growth rate of 30 percent.
Source：China Industry and Commerce Bureau
Factory: Taiwan & Shanghai
Johnson manufactures out of Taiwan and Shanghai. Its Taiwan facility produces a limited range of high-end single products. The Shanghai factory manufactures a wide range of more economically priced products.Johnson has established a global warehousing network for worldwide distribution.
Johnson Health Tech produces the following five brands:
Matrix and Johnson are its commercial gym brands.
The commercial treadmills line of Johnson have a reputation for superior performance. Among the top-selling treadmills are:
- T7000 Pro
JOHNSON commercial treadmills are premium quality and have an equally premium price point.
The MATRIX brand is even a step beyond Johnson in terms of quality, build and functionality. With their higher price range, Matrix cardio and strength machines are designed for high-end gyms.
Top 5 Clients:
Source: China Customs
Johnson Health Tech is a well-established company with a worldwide reputation for delivering high quality commercial equipment. However, it is the most expensive supplier on the market.
2.Impulse | Your Wellness Solution Provider
Impulse is one of the leading health industry suppliers and sports equipment manufacturers in China. It has been operating since 1991, having evolved from an Original Equipment Manufacturer to becoming a brand in its own right. It still provides OEM services to other manufacturers. However, the majority of its equipment is made fully in-house.
Impulse sells its brands all over the world, supplying gyms, hotels, the military and many other organizations.
Factory：Qingdao City, Shandong Province
Note: the establishment date for one brand may vary because the data varies from the brand’s website and China Industry and Commerce Bureau.
Impulse is a supplier of the following premium categories of quality fitness equipment:
- aerobic equipment
- strength equipment
- functional training equipment
- rehabilitation equipment
The market for Impulse equipment is upper mid-level. As a result, it is not as expensive as Johnson and Matrix.
Top 5 Clients:
Impulse is a reputable, secure company who has created a reputation for supplying high quality equipment to the upper-mid level commercial gym market sector. This still makes their prices quite high for the average gym customer.
3.Yanre | Self-Design Gym Equipment Manufacturer
Yanre Fitness, which manufactures out of Wuhu, has been producing top quality commercial gym gear for more than two decades. Established in 1997, the company has risen to become one of the leading designers, testers and manufacturers of commercial gym equipment in China.
In addition to its factory in Wuhu, Yanre has a research and development facility in Beijing and a sales force based in Shanghai. Every product is designed in-house. And Yanre’s strategy of combining superior materials, premium ergonomic design and advanced exercise physiology has pushed Yanre into the top three manufacturers in China.
Yanre proudly supply elite athletes (including China’s Olympic canoeing team), university sports teams, government agencies, the US Army and fitness centers all over the planet.
Factory：Wuhu City, Anhui Province (110,000 square meters)
Yanre has built a reputation around providing high quality strength training equipment for commercial gyms. Its most popular product lines are:
- 61A series
- 73 series
The 61A series is an extremely competitively priced strength training series. It is the preferred choice of such leading fitness chains in China as Lefit. The 61A series is popular across the globe.
The 73 series is a higher-end range that incorporates optimized movement angle and best materials, making it competitive with such iconic brands as Life and Technogym. The 73 series includes such unique exclusive designs as the Cross-Arm Trainer (7308), and the Upper/ Mid Ab Trainer (7318)
Top 5 Clients:
Yanre is the ideal choice for top of the line commercial strength equipment at the sharpest prices.
4.WNQ | The F1 in the Fitness Field
WNQ , which has been manufacturing out of their Shanghai factory for the last 20 years, is the leading home fitness equipment supplier in China. However, it is also a strong player in the commercial fitness market. WNQ equipment is sold all over China as well as around the world.
WNQ supplies a full range of cardio and strength training commercial equipment. Its most popular brand is the F1 line of treadmills.
Top 5 Clients:
WNQ is a home gym equipment specialist. Its commercial gear is expensive and many pieces do not provide ideal movement angles.
5.DHZ | Just for Health
DHZ, which has been operating since 2002, is a top Chinese fitness brand. In its early years, the company copied such leading international brands as Precor and Technogym. It has evolved, however, into a full research and development supported company which manufactures in-house designed equipment.
DHZ combines Italian design and German technology in producing the 800 series. The company’s commitment to R&D and its reliance on premium materials have made DMZ competitive in the marketplace.
Factory：Dezhou City, Shandong Province (230,000 square meters)
DHZ mainly produces commercial cardio and strength equipment. Its most popular product line is the SN-D series.
DHZ is recognized as a budget market supplier of commercial gym equipment. However, the products are not of a high quality.
6.Shua | Easy Way of Fitness
Shua has been in business since 1996. The company is one of the most diverse in the industry with products in the following categories:
- home-use equipment
- commercial-use equipment
- outdoor fitness equipment
- physiotherapy equipment
- fitness accessories
Shua was established in China’s sporting capital of Jinjang. It has three factories; in Jinjiang, Quanzhou and Shangqiu city. There is also an operation center in Shanghai. Shua has almost a thousand sales outlets across China. It is also reaching out across the globe with operations in Europe, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and the Americas.
Factory: Fujian Province & Henan Province
Shua’s product range covers home, commercial and outdoor gym gear. Its main commercial product line is the SH series, which includes both strength and cardio equipment.
Shua enjoys a large market share of the home and outdoor gym market sectors. When it comes to commercial equipment, they focus on the cardio sector. Shua has just one strength training line, which has limitations in terms of movement angle.
7.Relax | High-end & Distinctive & Classic & Professional
Relax, based in Qingdao and Shandong Province, has a 14-year history of supplying commercial fitness equipment in China. It began with basic home gym equipment before moving into self-designed commercial equipment. Relax has a reputation for upgrading its core products and constantly innovating its range with an emphasis on ergonomic functionality.
The Relax product line includes a full range of cardio and strength training equipment. It generally uses quality materials. However, the movement angles on many of its machines is less than ideal.
Top 5 Clients:
Relax produces durable equipment from quality raw materials. It has put a lot of focus on cardio equipment in recent years. But there have been no new innovations in their strength line for some time.
8.Body Strong | To Be Strong with Body Strong
Body Strong is a subsidiary of Shandong Baodelong Fitness Co., which has been operating since 2001. The company began by mimicking big-name international brands. It now manufactures its own line of commercial gym gear, which it exports to 100 plus countries.
Factory：Dezhou City, Shandong Province (100,000 square meters)
Body Strong produces in excess of 300 pieces of commercial equipment across the cardio and strength sectors. The most popular product lines are the BMW and BN series.
Bodystrong offer competitively priced commercial gym equipment that generally performs well. However, it lacks on some features, including well designed protective shields.
9.MBH | Mindfulness, Integrity, Altruism
MBH, established in 2001, has developed a reputation for innovation and uniqueness in design. It has 18 product lines with more than 430 individual products. MBH has carved out a huge market share in China and is selling its equipment in more than a hundred countries around the world.
The founder of MBH is the brother of the founder of Body Strong. The two companies compete for market share by trying to beat the other’s quality and price.
Factory：Dezhou City, Shandong Province
MBH provide a full range of gym equipment, including:
- Strength training equipment
- Cardio equipment
- Free Weights
Top 5 Clients:
MBH provide a full range of all types of commercial gym equipment at competitive prices.
10.Orient | National Fitness Leader
Orient, based in Changzhi, Shanxi Province, has been operating since 1991. The company has been involved in a number of national government projects. It has also created a sizeable market share in China and is now emphasizing overseas markets. The company now exports the products to over sixty countries.
Orient has a huge product range, with more than six hundred equipment categories. The company moved into the commercial market by imitating the Gym80 and then modifying its design. This did well internationally, but its international market share has since declined. The company now relies on Chinese government projects.
Orient uses quality construction materials and applies well-designed movement angles. It does not have a very large export business, however. Also, it is pretty slow to bring out new lines.
We have highlighted the top 10 commercial gym suppliers in China. Three companies that were close to making our list are:
- BFT Fitness
I hope you’ve found this guide useful. If you have any questions or tips on locating commercial fitness equipment suppliers in China, be sure to comment below.+