Why Gyms Should Consider Vending Machines

Why Gyms Should Consider Vending Machines

Published: 28th September 2023

When you set up a gym you will need to choose your treadmills and your kettlebells, but have you thought about adding vending machines to what you offer? These can be incredibly lucrative things to have in a gym, and they can be beneficial to those who use them too.

If you’re looking for opportunities to improve your customers experience, whilst making some additional profit, we look at the benefits that vending machines can bring to gyms and why you should consider including one in yours.


One of the most important things to consider for any workout is hydration, as it can improve a workout and prevent dehydration and any associated health problems. Whilst water fountains and coolers can deal with this to some extent, a vending machine can present more choice.

It means that gym goers can opt for cold bottled water, but they can also choose from water with added flavours or other hydration and energy drinks to help give their workouts an extra boost.


It is only natural to leave the gym feeling hungry, thirsty or both. Having vending machines on site can mean that those attending the gym can grab what they need quickly and easily, without having to wait in line or make an extra journey. This makes it much easier for them to workout and then get on with the rest of their day, so they are more likely to spend their money with you.

Healthy choices

Typically, we think of vending machines as being things which are packed full of chocolate, crisps and fizzy drinks but this does not necessarily need to be the case. As an alternative, you can offer healthier choices that support what your members are trying to achieve.

That means that you could include hydration drinks, protein bars, yoghurts, fresh fruit, nuts or even porridge to help people refuel in a way that works with their workout and not against it.

In some gyms, there has also been a move to include other forms of sports nutrition, such as pre-workout stimulants, protein and amino acids.


A vending machine can be an incredibly profitable thing for you to have on site. The running and lease costs are minimal when you compare them to the expense of running a café or shop, and they can still bring in significant amounts of money. Many vending machines now offer contactless payments, so that there are no barriers to people being able to use them.

Hassle free

When you run a gym, you want to concentrate on what you do best, which means that you need a food and drink service that does not take up too much of your time. A vending machine or two means you will have less staffing issues to worry about and far less work to do.

Many vending machines come with maintenance options so that they can be serviced and even restocked on your behalf, meaning that you really can just leave them to sit and make you money.

Added facilities

You will probably want your gym to appeal to as many people as possible, and there is now plenty of competition out there these days. That means that you need to be able to offer as many facilities and amenities as possible in order to attract new members and keep the existing ones coming back.

Including vending machines that offer everything a member might need is a great way to give your gym added appeal.

Vending machines are now incredibly sought after in all public places. Their new technology and contactless payments makes them more accessible than ever before, and their use continues to increase thanks to those who seek convenience or simply can’t resist temptation.

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From drink vending machines to snack vending machines, we can offer a range of vending options to suit your needs and your gym. Check out our available products and services or if you have any questions and want to chat to our team, get in touch on 01157 845 845, or drop us an email on sales@cemavending.co.uk.

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