First impressions are most often considered vital. Many a times they do convince us to go ahead with those long pending decisions. Generally we take partial decision on joining a gym as soon we step into its premises.
A reception must always be designed as the first introduction with a prospective client.
The reception and waiting area in a gym ought to be both impressive as well as expressive. The decor may vary as per the overall theme of the gym; whether it is a bold use of red and black or a completely rustic look with concrete panels and exposed brickwork; attention to detail is a must as a designer.
Well designed and user friendly, needs to be the foundation of any space design.
Adequate amount of light and proper cooling are essential for aesthetics as well as basic comfort. A poorly lit space is most unwelcoming. The use of both direct and indirect/reverse light are advisable.
In most of the cases nowadays air conditioning is also treated as a necessity, rather than a luxury. Beginning from the reception to the work out zone, air conditioning surely makes the environment more motivating and comfortable. As for the patterns of air conditioning and some popularly used brands in this category; I shall be discussing them separately.
Depending upon the scale of the gym, the waiting area may or may not have some “counselling hubs“. These are areas that are first meeting points with a client. It is usually here that the first discussion on the clients present health and tentative fitness plan is chalked out in consultation with some trained staff.
In some gyms however, the facilities like consultation/measurements may have a dedicated room/cabin. This kind of a room is comfortably accommodated in a 40sft space ( the size maybe bigger depending on the availability of space). Such a room would require:
1. Consultants table
2. Measurement chart.
3. Weighing equipment.
4. Full body scanner.