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The rise of functional strength and fitness training is undoubted. It offers a fitness routine that trains multiple muscle groups simultaneously, helping your body function more effectively as a whole unit and assisting performance in everyday life.
Strength training methods have made their way into the mainstream, from cross-training and functional fitness to Olympic Weightlifting and Powerlifting. As a result, gyms now have to consider these training styles when planning their facilities buying equipment to attract and retain customers.
The natural starting point is how you want your training space to look and perform functionally, allowing for adequate space for the equipment and training areas. Then, make rough drawings notes and create an overall vision you can work from. Once you have your 'perfect' space planned, the design can be evolved further 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. The area will dictate your equipment options and 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 people's quality of time enjoying the training space. The layout design can be completed by a professional or you can use a range of online gym design tools available.
Gym flooring is a specialist area; it can vary in cost depending on the type of activity the flooring needs to support. However, we recommend flooring with a minimum thickness of 20mm to support a free weight training area sufficiently.
Knowing early on how you plan to utilise the training space will assist in deciding on the type of flooring you need; some styles require professional installation, and some can simply be laid down with no fixing required. However, using the wrong kind 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 and 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?
Selecting the correct gym flooring can be challenging, but a reputable provider can provide expert advice to find the right solution.
With a vast range of equipment available, we find our customers choose a specific mix to utilise their space and allow them to achieve their goals based on the gym's overall training ethos. For strength and functional training, some equipment types are deemed essential such as power racks, weights and barbells.
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, with all other weight and cardio equipment based around the rack area. Some equipment will require a large area for their placement, ensuring there's enough room and the space isn't too congested is vital in preventing accidents with people training in the same place.
Running a full-service or big box gym can mean equipment costs can quickly run into the tens of thousands. Whereas a specialised HIIT studios costs will be much smaller; it depends on the style of facility and overall objectives.
We hope we have provided an overview of some of the main points to consider when building a gym or at home training space. If you are thinking of creating your own, don't hesitate to contact our team below, and we'd be delighted to work with you on your fitness project.