Problem Solver - August 2015
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Design a Functional Fitness Space

To ensure your fitness facility is successful, you need to stay on top of the trends, providing up-to-date equipment and popular programming that will attract members and keep them coming back for more. A well-designed fitness facility is both aesthetically pleasing and functional as well. And, considering the continually changing fitness landscape, it's important to incorporate flexibility into your design so you can adapt your space as needs change.

Q: We are looking to design and outfit a fitness studio, but we're not sure how to begin. What should we consider?

A: The design of your facility will have a huge impact on the effectiveness of your programs. The good news is, you don't have to go it alone. Your fitness equipment supplier likely has experience designing effective fitness rooms, and can help you plan and outfit your facility.

Look for professionals who have experience designing the type of facility you are operating. They should also be able to use 3-D CAD drawings to give you a better view of your gym's future look. Talk to them also about which types of fitness equipment will be most effective, and how to design your facility with flexibility in mind so you can adapt to new trends like functional training.

Q: We're concerned about attracting and retaining members. Can the layout of our facility have an impact?

A: The layout of your facility will determine whether you can offer trendy programs, such as small group training, functional fitness, sport-specific programs, rehabilitation and more. Unique equipment may be required for some program types, so be sure to find out what fits your needs, as well as what's popular and attractive to potential members.

A supplier who offers a wide range of equipment, from the machines that make up the fitness floor to rehab equipment and functional training equipment, will have a good idea of what works best and how to get the most from your layout.

You also should be sure that your supplier is committed to providing service over the life of your equipment, ensuring that any problems that arise are dealt with.


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