How to Get the Best From Your Gym Installation Company
Ever since the first lockdown in 2020, there’s been a huge surge of interest in home gym installation services.
It’s not that surprising, since so many of us are now being forced to work from home, spending long hours indoors, devoid of outdoor gyms and the high-street gyms we love.
Exercise opportunities are understandably somewhat limited and are mainly centred around running, walking and cycling at the moment.
A home gym offers far more variety, allowing you to exercise for strength, cardio, do Pilates and yoga, get the kids and other family members involved, and much more.
Home gyms can be fit into underused garages, garden buildings, lofts, extensions and spare rooms. Obviously the bigger the space, the better, but you’d be surprised how, with a bit of imagination, a very versatile gym can be installed in most homes.
What’s more gyms are safe, clean and don’t suffer the social distancing issues that high street gyms can be prone to. Not to mention saving vast sums on gym fees.
Choose your gym installer carefully
Whilst for basic gym setups it can be possible to install the equipment yourself, many people prefer to call in the experts.We don’t recommend engaging a general builder; we suggest speaking to a specialist gym design and installation company.
In fact, we recommend speaking to two or three companies to see which one has the best approach and most knowledge.
Ultimately the successful outcome of your project will depend on the company you choose to work with. So here’s how to narrow the field and ensure your gym fit out company knows what they are doing.
Questions to ask:
- Are they a specialist gym install or just a building company?
- What accreditations do they have and which trade associations do they belong to?
- Do they have links into the gym equipment industry to help you get the best deals on equipment?
- Do they have examples and case studies to back up their claims of expertise?
- What level of guarantee is available on the structure and equipment?
- How will they comply with building regulations (if applicable)?
- Are they up to date with the latest fitness trends?
Think about how you want your gym to be used
Just as you and your family are unique your gym will be unique too. The beauty of the home gym is that it allows you to create a fitness space that’s entirely tailor-made for you, without having to compromise on equipment and workout styles.
To give you a steer, at motive8 we like to think of gyms in terms of a handful of broad gym types.
- Functional: which includes equipment with a focus on strength and core.
- Holistic: think calming/energising spaces where the focus is on destressing, unwinding. Exercises in holistic gym spaces include meditation, Yoga, Pilates and lots of other mat-based exercises.
- Classic: Then there’s the classic gym space that you would recognise from your high-street gym: it will be focused on weights and exercise machines – a great space to burn calories and get strong.
Of course, all of these gym types can mixed and matched. We are huge believers in making sure the gym can be used by all the family, from children to grandparents, and everyone in between.
Thinking carefully about the kind of exercise you and your family need now and in the future will help you to maximise the value you get from your gym consultant.
If you’re looking for more inspiration, read our top gym design tips.
Understanding the process
Being a little prepared for the process can help you make the most of your installation.
There are three main phases: consultation, design and installation.
In the consultation phase you’ll be asked about your lifestyle and family, to glean ideas on how a home gym can work best for you. You’ll get suggestions about the types of equipment that will work best to meet your exercise goals.
You’ll be asked about your design and style preferences. And of course, you’ll be asked about the space you’re thinking of converting.
In the design phase, the design of your gym is created, including the types and positions of all the equipment. This will take into account the entrances, light and air circulation requirements. When you’re happy with the design, the installation phase begins.
In the installation phase your gym is built and the equipment installed. Any structural work such as moving walls, installing pipework, air conditioning and windows is completed. At motive8, we work with construction firms to help get the building fit for purpose and can recommend builders if needed.
What’s your favourite fitness app?
The choice of fitness apps is quite amazing and they all do slightly different things. Your gym installation company should understand what the apps do and how they interact with digital fitness equipment.
Keen to get started?
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about how to maximise the value of your home gym installer.
At motive8, we’re passionate about getting the right gym everybody needs to help people lead improved lives.
Do contact us if you are thinking of getting a home gym company on board to help with your fit-out.
You’ll find us friendly and approachable, with no hard sell.