I'm going independent, most likely in a non-gym setting. I am looking for a range of equipment that will fit in the trunk of my hatchback car. For the time being, I might be operating out of multiple locations, which makes the portability even more important.
Suspension Trainer - I'm debating between TRX and gymnastic rings. I really have never included either in my training because I have never had access to them. I think it does add some variation, which would be nice. From what I have gathered so far, TRX seems easier to adjust and it seems as if they even themselves automatically in terms of length? I've read that TRX can adjust in a fraction of the time that gymnastic rings do. If this is true, that would clearly be important. However, I'm also looking for TRX alternatives/knock offs.
Part of me thinks that having TRX in pictures on my website would be good marketing, as ridiculous as that sounds. TRX is big these days. The other thing I'm concerned about is the attachments of both. TRX seems to have more options for attaching in doors and you only need one anchor point. I'm sure there are ways to get around this, but again I will seek the opinion of those more experienec than I.
Dumbbells - Powerblocks seem to be the only way to go here. I really don't have any interest in screwing around with weight plates if it is not necessary. Bowflex would never cross my mind and IronMaster seems too much like a slightly faster adjustable dumbbell. With the IronMaster, you would also have to stick all the plates on the dumbbell to walk them in/out of the facility.
Medicine Balls - From experience, I really like the Dynamax medicine balls. They offer the benefits of doing partner exercises without spraining or breaking your fingers. I'll be looking into some of the knock offs, but I would rather pay a little bit more for something that won't fall apart.
Bands - If anyone has any ideas let me know. I'm looking commercial grade, nothing you can pick up at a local sporting goods store.
I'm thinking that between these 4 pieces of equipment, as well as an aerobic stepper (for step test, as well as a few other exercise, not interested in step aerobics), I would be looking pretty good to start. If one of the businesses allows me to keep a small corner of equipment, I do have a power rack, bench, barbell, and plates that I could also use. For now, I'm not sure if that is an option.