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The rise of functional strength and fitness training is undoubted.
Strength training methods have made their way into the mainstream, from Crossfit® and functional fitness to Olympic Weightlifting and Powerlifting. Gyms now have to consider these styles of training when planning their facilities, buying equipment to attract and retain customers.
How you want your training space to look and perform is the real starting point. Making rough drawings, notes and creating an overall vision you can work back from. Once you have your 'perfect' space planned, this can be evolved to include your training goals and equipment needs, whether you are looking for an area for Olympic weightlifting or power racks for serious strength work.
The most significant consideration is the space available you have to work with. This will dictate your equipment options as well as the type of training styles you are looking to perform. For gym owners and managers, how many members you need is integral for your facility size requirements, and needs to align with your business plan.
It's not just about cramming a room full of equipment, the layout design is crucial to the quality of the time people will have using the training space.
Gym flooring is a specialist area; it can vary in cost depending on the type of activity the flooring needs to support. We would always recommend flooring with a minimum thickness of 20mm to support a free weight area sufficiently.
Knowing early on how you plan to utilise the training space will assist in deciding on the style of flooring, some styles require professional installation, and some can simply be laid down with no fixing required, using the wrong style of flooring can be costly to correct if it's found not suitable.
Maintaining your equipment and ensuring workout safety starts with the flooring, the right gym flooring can offer protection of your equipment as well as the internal building structure. Think about how the flooring blends into the overall design; will your space feel larger or smaller? Can it promote the facility's branding?
It can be difficult in selecting the correct gym flooring, but a reputable provider can provide expert advice in this area to find the right solution.
With a huge range of equipment available, we find our customers choose a specific mix to utilise their space and allow them to achieve their goals, based around the overall training ethos for the gym.
Functional training rigs and racks are becoming a cornerstone in most modern gyms, offering a versatile solution that delivers performance in a space-efficient manner.
Running a full-service big box gym can mean equipment costings can easily run into the tens of thousands, whereas a specialised HIIT studios costs will be much smaller, it very much depends on the style of facility.
We hope we have provided an overview of some of the main points to consider when building a training space in a gym or at home. If you are thinking of creating your own, please contact our team below, and we'd be delighted to work with you on your fitness project.