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Problem Solver - August 2014

Design an Effective Fitness Facility

Well-designed fitness floors, personal training studios and gyms are both aesthetically pleasing and orderly, as well as extremely functional. If you don't know how to get started, don't sweat it! You can find help to ensure your space is as fit as possible.

Q: We have a small fitness space and aren't sure which equipment to purchase or how to do a proper layout. What should we know?

A: Talk to your fitness equipment supplier about their experience putting together fitness room layouts. They likely can help you plan and outfit a state-of-the-art fitness facility from start to finish.

Look for professionals with experience doing such layouts. They might even be able to use 3-D CAD drawings to give you an idea of what your gym will look like when complete. What's more, they have plenty of experience understanding which fitness equipment works best in different kinds of spaces.

Q: We have a nice-sized fitness floor, but we're not sure we're providing the most up-to-date equipment. How do we know what's most popular?

A: It's important to understand how people use fitness facilities. You need a partner that not only provides an outstanding lineup of commercial gym equipment for you to choose from, but that also can help you select the right mix of equipment for your needs and budget.

Look for a partner with extensive experience in the design and layout of large training facilities. They can help you select, outfit and install your equipment to make the most of your space, providing the most up-to-date, popular options to meet the needs of your members.

Q: What else should we consider?

A: Don't forget the importance of offering trendy and popular programs, like small group training, sports specific programs and rehabilitation. Some of these types of training may require unique equipment, so talk to your supplier about what will work best for you and your members. You'll want to work with a supplier that offers a wide range of equipment, from standard cardio and weight training machines to functional training equipment, rehab equipment and more.


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