This is undoubtedly the most vital gym space-“The Workout Zone”. Besides being neat and welcoming, this area needs to be cleverly planned and free of unsightly clutter as well as visual and physical obstructions.
Generally it is demarcated into 4 zones:
(3) Floor exercises
CARDIO refers to workout on treadmills, cycles, etc & it is generally most used. A good designer would always want to give the cardio users a view outside if the site permits. Huge glazing lined with a row of treadmills, cycles, rowing machines & cross trainers would be a perfect setting. That’s because cardio machines are normally used for more than 5-7 mins at a stretch. If glazing is not a possibility or the view is not too pleasant outside, then TV screens can take care of cardio entertainment.
WEIGHTS area has specific needs too. Generally in order to avoid heavy impact of equipment in weight training ( dumbells, weights, etc) , rubber floors are a good option for the floor cushioning. Such provision also takes care of the sound of this equipment being used or dropped.
FLOOR EXERCISES area maybe equipped with wooden floor or carpeted floor ( Though carpeting is generally avoided due to cleaning difficulties) .
Floor work includes yoga and other floor workout routine. A music system/tv close to floor area is an add on.
AEROBICS is one of the most sought after exercise forms these days. Most of the upcoming gyms are incorporating it in their spatial design. A means of body toning via dance moves, it requires a great deal of jumping and thumping. The flooring generally required is wooden ( if budget can accommodate, then the floor needs to have shock absorption & coefficient of friction for this specific exercise form).
As we try to unfold the gym spaces, photographs of some interesting gym interiors are most welcome. Lets just keep in mind that “FIT IS THE NEW SEXY”.