Top Tips when Planning your Fitness Facility

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When you are starting on your journey to creating a new facility or re-furbishing an existing one, it's key to get the planning right!  With our experience of supporting thousands of fitness facilities of all shapes and sizes through the process of concept to opening, we wanted to share some of our top tips on what to think about when you are planning your facility.

  • Size – Make sure you get accurate measurements of your facility including ceiling heights as you will need these to ensure you have the height space for your equipment. You will also need these to plan your layout accurately to ensure you maximise the space in your facility. 
  • Layout – It might be useful to create a 3D version of your facility which will help when planning your layout. This allows you to see more clearly where equipment will go, what space you will have around it and how the overall space will feel to a member.
  • Flooring – This might sound like a strange one, but thinking about the flooring when you are planning your facility is crucial, as depending upon the type of equipment you have depends on how heavy duty your flooring needs to be. If you are installing equipment that needs to be bolted to the floor, most suppliers require the floor to be a minimum of 1.4 mls of solid concrete so this will need to be planned into your build and cost.
  • Lighting – This can be used in so many ways to create unique training spaces within a facility. We are seeing some facilities really maximising the power of lighting by using coloured lighting depending on where a class is at in their workout. This can be very powerful and creates a unique experience for members. If this is what you are hoping to achieve in your facility, make sure you map out what lighting you need to ensure this is fitted correctly. 
  • Timeframe – It is important you are realistic with your timeframe to launch and that it includes all aspects including planning, sourcing, building, delivery, installation and marketing. Make sure you clarify this timeline with your suppliers on booking them to make sure they can meet your schedule.
  • Connectivity – This could include thinking about whether you want connected equipment so your members can track their workouts etc, or if your cardio equipment needs to be plugged in, where it will be located, have you got enough and the right power supplies? You need to consider these, as if additional power supplies need to be added in it needs to be done while you are creating the facility not when the equipment it about to be installed!
  • Access for delivery – This is one of those tasks that tends to get forgotten but is vitally important! When contractors and suppliers are delivering to your site can they access it easily, do they need a parking permit to deliver outside, are they delivering to the ground floor or is your facility on the second floor and they have to get equipment up the stairs? These are all important things to consider and inform your contractors and suppliers before they deliver. You can carry out a sight survey to check for these things and this can then be sent to your suppliers ahead of delivery.

We hope you found our planning top tips useful and if you need any further support Life Fitness are always here to help so get in touch.

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