How to Plan and Design your Fitness Center
Often people are more involved with the equipment and the business part of running a fitness center. However, designing and creating the right space is equally an important ingredient of providing fitness solutions. Following are the aspects which need attention while designing a fitness center
Space to member ratio Logistic and facility flow Locker rooms for each member Flooring Lighting Air ventilation Mirrors and other accessories
A deeper study needs to be done when considering the layout of the fitness center design. Starting from the first, it is important to ensure the correct space to member ratio. If the members are more than the provided equipment and other gym accessories, work into shifts or create a membership time slot, which will accommodate only the maximum number per batch during that time.
Logistic and facility flow must be such which progresses in line or in a circle starting with warm up exercise which need more floor space, like for skipping, stretches, etc. towards equipment that will increase the intensity of the exercise. The progression must be such which makes a person shift from one machine onto another or even skip one to another in a flow, without moving around across the floor to occupy another machine.
Locker rooms must be provided for and so must the space designed exclusively for it. Flooring must be anti skid and which assists in having a good grip to the feet. It should be even and should be ideal for exercises such as stretches, skipping, hopping, aerobics, etc. Lighting must be provided in a way that all areas of the fitness center are well lit, but without causing a strain to the eye. The light must spread adequately throughout the floor and must feel comfortable to work out in.
Air ventilation is a crucial factor and usually machines that provide cardiovascular or intense exercises need a window in front of them. Since a person is making use of his energy most on those machines, oxygen requirement of the body is also maximum at that time. Cardiovascular equipments must all face towards an open window for fresh air. Step, bench mats and weight racks also must lie in the same area.
Windows should be placed in ways that are effective in maintaining the right temperature within the center. This should be kept in mind even to provide maximum ventilation during all seasons of the year.
Use of mirrors is crucial and must be well planned. They are essential when a person uses free weights and needs to ensure a correct posture. The mirrors can even be mounted on the walls to meet this purpose. Stretching exercises and those areas must have the benefit of a full length mirror. You need not mirror the entire area, however, one wall (depending on the area of the fitness center), is a good option. Exercises that involve the requirements of good and correct postures, most certainly need one.
Apart from this, you may also want to check with music facility in the center and placement of speakers in a way that can distribute the sound evenly. Make sure also to use fresh wall color in your center. Lighter colors give more energetic and vibrant feel to the entire experience of exercising.
Other aspects that you could consider are
Providing facilities for shower.Yoga mats to use.Specific footwear for use in the gym.Towels and hygiene related accessories, etc.
Designing a fitness center is an intricate job and involves expert interference if you are not too sure of all its' aspects. A well laid out fitness center can without any doubts boost your business and appreciate your efforts of providing optimum fitness solutions.