Knowing which items to purchase to support a wide range of training goals and keep your clients engaged and loyal requires a lot of thought for those well used to the fitness industry. But there’s an area where it can be particularly difficult to find the right supplier with the best products – the flooring.
Setting up a gym with the right type of equipment to suit the training needs of your clients is no easy task.The floor is as much a part of any workout as the equipment being used, and with such a range of activities taking place there’s no one size fits all type of flooring that will cover every need.
That’s why it’s best to speak to the experts. The flooring offered by Pavigym, still one of the only manufacturers who specialise in gym flooring solutions, can make a huge difference to your fitness outlet while ensuring a higher quality and safer workout.
Planning the flooring is an integral part of gym design
Pavigym will help you plan the floor layout, and can provide different types of flooring for each specialised area. Each activity in the gym will have a slightly different requirement, and you’ll need to consider your specialist zones and where your main thoroughfares will be that will see high footfall.
For example, when it comes to the free weights area for strength training you need something robust enough to cope with heavy weights being dropped. It needs to be highly durable but able to reduce slippage.
You’ll also want something that will have maximum impact absorption and noise reduction, especially if your weights area is on the second floor or a mezzanine, so as to not disrupt other gym users. For something like this you would be looking at Extreme flooring for cross functional training.
However, this type of flooring isn’t great for other areas. High traffic corridors, such as the area around reception and customer services will need to be durable, but don’t need maximum absorption. Wet areas in the shower, changing rooms, and poolside will need anti-slip flooring, the cardio and cycling areas will be different again. And of course it all needs to be hygienic and easy to clean.
Consider your alternative sessions that don’t require equipment
One of the huge draws for customers is the range of group fitness classes available. People are more aware of the need for comprehensive training, balancing cardio with strength, stretching, and balance.
For these areas you need to take into account that dancers or aerobic workouts need to be able to move quickly and easily across the floor. Yoga classes tend to be done with bare feet, and so the flooring also needs to be appropriate for that.
And for martial arts, particularly judo, where participants will be hitting the floor, you might need tatami flooring or similar to help cushion the participants and avoid injury.
PRAMA is the new crazy taking gym goers by storm
If you haven’t heard of PRAMA yet you soon will. PAVIGYM’s innovative fitness studio is now being rolled out across select David Lloyd gyms.
They’ve taken their expertise and knowledge of flooring, and used it to create a truly interactive experience where the floor, walls, lighting and music are all part of the workout. It’s great for all ages and abilities, and looks to push each participant to their absolute limit by gamifying the workout.
Using touch sensitive workout areas, trainers can set different games and challenges as needed. It is proving a surefire way to make your gym stand out from the rest, reaching new audiences and increasing memberships.