WHY CHOOSE US?

December 2012
Dumbbell Made Heavier With Tape

An Idea Was Formed

As a competing powerlifter (at the time), Christian Dyte was frustrated with a lack of well-made, heavy duty gym equipment.  He pondered the idea of designing and manufacturing his own…but, where and how to start was going to be a little more challenging!

March 2012
Garden Shed New Business

WHAT ABOUT THE GARDEN SHED?

After spending a few months bouncing around ideas for new equipment, space was needed for prototyping to begin and, as luck would have it, that space was found in the form of a large and relatively unused garden shed.  Let the work commence!

November 2013
BDFPA World Powerlifting Event 2013

WHAT ABOUT THE GARDEN SHED?

After spending a few months bouncing around ideas for new equipment, space was needed for prototyping to begin and, as luck would have it, that space was found in the form of a large and relatively unused garden shed.  Let the work commence!

April 2014
Kustom Kit First Showroom Unit

WE TOOK A LEAP OF FAITH

In a sleepy village of  Wrington near Bristol in the UK, the exciting (and a little bit daunting) step was taken of moving from the shed to our first commercial unit.  Here, we had even more space to showcase our equipment to potential customers. 

May 2014
Gym Equipment Sketch

WE STARTED GETTING BETTER (A BIT!)

Initial equipment designs were hand drawn (yes, really!) but, in our quest to keeping pushing ahead, we moved over to 3D CAD modelling.  Despite this, the early days of renders were not quite what they are today.

October 2014
David Haye at Event Speaking With Kustom Kit Gym Equipment

OUR FIRST EVENT

Almost one year ago since we launched the Kombo Rack, we attended our first ever event in Manchester.  Here, we were able to show off some of our equipment and we even got to meet David Haye. (He was suitably impressed by the way!

November 2014
First Manufacturing Unit

WE STARTED MANUFACTURING

Twelve months on and we started looking at ways of improving the manufacture of equipment.  This is when we took another exciting step and moved everything into our first manufacturing unit.  Here, the production of everything was kept under one roof and our processes started to become more refined, although it would be hard to tell with the mess shown in the picture

May 2015
BodyPower Expo 2015 Stand for Kustom Kit

A BIGGER AND BETTER EXHIBITION

We decided to showcase the Kombo Rack and the Insignia V5 competition bench press at the Body Power Expo.  We received really positive feedback on the kit and this encouraged us to keep pushing forward but, what should we launch next…?

July 2016
Calibrated Plate New Product Launch 2016

THE BEST CALIBRATED PLATES….EVER!

OK, maybe we’re a little bit biased but take a look at their features to see why we think they’re so great.  Why plates you may be wondering?  At this point we were sticking to kit for powerlifters and we wanted to offer something a bit different aside from the standard cast iron powder coated ones.

September 2016
Adjustable Grip Tricep Dip Machine Pink RAL 4010

TIME TO IMPROVE THOSE IMAGES

Two years from stepping away from sketched designs to 3D modelling, we thought it time to produce even better renders giving our customers a much better representation of the equipment.  Upgrading our software and stepping into the complex world of 3D rending meant we could finally give the customer a near photo realistic view of their finished product

April 2017
Our first major gym installation

MILESTONE REACHED

Around 3 and half years from founding the business, we hit a milestone.  50 products within our range, all designed, prototyped and launched.  Where did that time go!?  We landed our first major gym overhaul. However, all these new products and extra sales meant we were running out of space.  Maybe it was time to move.

August 2017
New Manufacturing Facility Kustom Kit

THE BIG MOVE...

After viewing many premises and ruling them out, we finally settled on one.  Again, in another sleepy village, this time near Glastonbury, Somerset.  This unit at 3000 sqft felt huge compared to our previous 800sqft unit and we had doubts it may be too big.  But, we pushed ahead as more space meant more manufacturing capacity and better products  

November 2017
Kustom Kit First Lathe for Manufacturing

OUR FIRST CNC LATHE

Now we had all this extra space, we took a huge investment to us at the time and invested over £75,000  in our first CNC lathe and milling machine.  This meant we could start producing our own component parts for the equipment giving us more control over production and R&D

April 2018
Mark Felix Lifting On Matt Wenning Belt Squat

OUR FIRST PARTNERSHIP

After a few chats with Matt Wenning, renowned USA based powerlifter, it was agreed that we would promote, manufacture and supply his belt squat machine to customers located outside of the States.  This was a win-win as the belt squat was a fantastic addition alongside our equipment and Matt was able to get his products into Europe that much easier.   

April 2019
Gym Shark Lifting Club Equipment

GYM SHARK LIFTING CLUB

Following on from recommendations to the owners of Gym Shark, they invested in a number of our plate loaded machines for their brand new lifting club, a luxurious gym facility for their staff (lucky staff!)

October 2019
Chalk Bowls Supplied to the Ministry Of Defence

CHALK BOWLS

OUR FIRST PARTNERSHIP

After a few chats with Matt Wenning, renowned USA based powerlifter, it was agreed that we would promote, manufacture and supply his belt squat machine to customers located outside of the States.  This was a win-win as the belt squat was a fantastic addition alongside our equipment and Matt was able to get his products into Europe that much easier.   

September 2020
Kustom Kit Expanded Manufacturing and Increased Global Gym Equipment Supply

MORE SPACE ALREADY?

As the business continued to go from strength to strength, we had already outgrown our unit (the one we initially thought may be too big!).  What we needed was more space for assembling the equipment and, as luck would have it, the slightly smaller unit immediately next door became available.  So, we took it!

December 2020
Delivery of DMG Mori CLX 350 to Kustom Kit Gym Equipment

OUR BIGGEST INVESTMENT TO DATE

As we had now created more space in our manufacturing unit, we could push ahead with our purchase of a full CNC lathe from DMG Mori.  This was a big deal for us as it now meant we could produce our popular Custom Steel Dumbbells and component parts helping us to keep up with growing production demands. 

November 2021
Leviathan Gym Tazmania

FIRST MAJOR INTERNATIONAL GYM INSTALL

We were very lucky to secure an order for a fantastic new powerlifting gym that was opening in Tazmania.  The customer purchased many plate loaded machines for the gym and the entire order was shipped via a 40ft container just before Christmas 2021

Present Day
Custom Gym Installation UK

WHERE WE ARE TODAY

Since the early days of working in the garden shed and the formation of the business back in 2013, we have strived to continue to design and add new pieces to our range, which now sits at over 100 products. Not only that, but we revisit older products to make changes and improvements to give you better gym equipment.
We take care to listen to you, our customers, as your feedback and suggestions are so important to help us to continuing improving.