For a fitness facility to meet the needs of all its clients, it has to use all its space well. Optimal use of space improves convenience, safety, and the aesthetics of your facility. That supports your clients in the wellness outcomes they’re striving for.
Here’s why professional design is essential for a fitness facility to reach its potential:
1. Get 2D and 3D Views
Many facilities are planned with only a 2D view of the space. This leads to incorrect assumptions that can hinder planning. A professional design firm provides both 2D and 3D imaging, so you can see exactly how client experience is impacted by different layouts. That allows you to take a truly experimental approach to uncovering your ideal layout.
2. Improve Client Flow
Professional design means clients can move efficiently and safely from one activity to the next without interfering with one another. It will be easier for more clients to fit into your space and use it without feeling crowded or risking an accident. The sense of having more space can also increase confidence and inspire return visits among those new to fitness.
3. Optimize Equipment Placement
In addition to its footprint, each equipment item needs a “personal bubble” that enables clients to pass by safely while the user works uninterrupted with any peripherals. Optimal placement will fit more equipment into your space, raising value for your clients and your business. It will also be easier to access equipment for servicing or replace equipment as necessary.
4. Reduce Electronic Risks and Load
Some exercise equipment requires an electronic hookup, while others don’t. To reduce risk of fire, trip and fall, or wiring damage, equipment should be placed closely to a socket. Professional design takes these requirements into account so nothing is overlooked. This can also reduce the load on your electrical system so you can save money on commercial utilities.
5. Meet Federal Requirements
Your facility must meet a variety of federal and state requirements. One of the most crucial is the ADA – the Americans with Disabilities Act. ADA rules stipulate how facilities must provide for accessibility for people with mobility limitations and other impairments. These needs must be considered at every phase of the design process, which makes professional design ideal.
The earlier you involve professional designers in your fitness facility project, the better. To find out more or get started, contact us today.