More and more, the commercial team at Gym Source is being asked to play a critical role in designing—and optimizing—commercial fitness spaces. And with 7 decades’ experience doing exactly that, we’re uniquely qualified to provide our expertise. So, whether you’re planning to build a new fitness center or renovate an existing studio, check out these tips for proper facility planning:
1. Stick to the “Rule of Quarters”
Particularly for gyms offering a full complement of fitness equipment, it’s best to allot one-quarter of your total floor space for each of the major categories: cardio, selectorized, big iron and subfunctional equipment.
Your cardio space—with treadmills, ellipticals and indoor bikes—should be placed toward the front of your facility (ideally where the windows are). In the middle should be your selectorized equipment—multi-gyms and cable machines that form an easy-flow workout circuit for specialized muscle groups. Toward the back should be your big iron—plate-loaded weight training equipment complete with racks and accessories.
Your final quarter of space—sometimes called the subfunctional area—should be reserved for fitness mats, stability balls and dumbbells. Traditionally mixed with big iron, more facilities today are separating subfunctional areas from big iron for reasons of space efficiency or gender comfort (since more women tend to use subfunctional areas than men).
2. Overestimate Usage (and Provide Plenty of Room)
Particularly for hotels, apartment complexes, college residence halls and other multi-tenant residences, many facility planners underestimate the usage rate of a fitness room by as much as 5-10%. Whether you’re opening a small spinning studio or a large gym with separate areas for cardio training, strength training and classrooms, give your facility the space it needs to grow as your clients’ needs evolve.
Also, don’t forget to provide sufficient room—and a traffic plan—between workout stations. Clearly delineated areas for cardio, strength, and stretching exercises can dramatically help reduce the potential for accidents and resulting liability exposure.
3. Consider Electrical Feeds
Today’s fitness consumers expect their gym’s equipment to feature personal viewing screens, audio headsets, wifi connectivity and a wealth of entertainment options. Often, these features require additional cable or satellite feeds to every piece of enabled equipment. Designing your facility with this requirement up-front will save loads of heartache—not to mention expense—further on as your facility grows.
Many other factors should be considered as you begin planning your next fitness facility project. With decades of experience and satisfied clients, Gym Source can help you plan and outfit the facility of your dreams. Contact our commercial team today at (800) GYM SOURCE or visit Gym Source.