Updated: Mar 23
10 TIPS to consider
when planning an Outdoor Gym
1️⃣ Not all fitness equipment is created equal - especially when used outside.
The hard truth - indoor equipment left outside may be impacted by weather and fall out of warranty. But, with thoughtful planning, there is an outdoor gym design for every space!
Place equipment storage near the doorway leading to the outdoor space.
Sliding doors and garage style doors work well to create indoor/outdoor spaces. And for ease of transporting/rolling equipment in and out.
🔹Protect your investment by using professional gym design services. You will benefit from the experience and vendor relationships with a full understanding of all that goes into creating beautiful and long lasting outdoor gyms. #whatabouttheweather #storage
2️⃣ Many facilities move equipment in and out each day. Some gym-goers make it part of their training. It's an effective and affordable solution. #storagesolutions
Indoor / Outdoor spaces conveniently let people spread out, comfortably try new exercises, enjoy some fresh air, and soak in a bit of Vitamin D.
3️⃣ Permanent Outdoor Storage provides easy access to gear as well as weather and theft protection.
Permanent Shade Structures provide relief from the elements and give your space a "destination" feel.
4️⃣ Exercise is easier in groups! Consider a few instructed sessions introducing your new gear. A new class or machine is always more fun and laughable with friends! #community
5️⃣ Leasing Solutions! A tax-deductible leasing plan lets you invest in your facility, helps retain and attract members all with a more flexible and comfortable payment solution.
6️⃣ 💦 Weatherproof equipment is available for all training modalities and in many training styles. Certain equipment can remain outdoors permanently with lower risk of damage and can be customized to your brand. Learn More or reach out for a free Design Consultation.
7️⃣ Travel With It! Attn. Team Sports Directors, take your training on the road with portable and durable Beaverfit Beyond Trailers, custom designed for your athlete needs. Perfect for traveling teams and school athletics where practice fields and training rooms may be a ways apart. #trainsmarter
8️⃣ Remember to Play! Designated outdoor fitness areas near existing break or lunch areas encourages “accidental fitness” and healthier habits. These spaces remind adults what it’s like to play and students that they haven’t outgrown it!
9️⃣ Your Outdoor Training area should set you apart from your competition. It should reflect your brand, speak to your clientele, handle your weather, and accommodate visitor volume.
Large, Destination style workout zones are ideal on college campuses, in city parks and playgrounds.
Roof-Top Training is especially fun in commercial and urban settings such as office buildings, multifamily or mixed use buildings. Got a view? Use it!
Deck, Patio and "Pocket" spaces belong anywhere there is under-used space. Transform a few parking spaces or an awkward side yard for group fitness, yoga, functional fitness or any training that suits your gym-goer.
Canopies, Storage, Electrical, Wifi plus natural barriers such as plants or fountains will enhance the experience and make it more appealing and versatile.
THINK - it's not unlike the bbq shack and bar next to the pool or the smoothie bar + grab-and-go fuel in the gym. Give your clientele the perks that keep them around!
🔟 Seriously Without Space? In some instances there really is no outdoor space available. Consider these options:
If near trails or bike paths, offer sample routes for walking & running with specific distances mapped. (ex. 1 mile, 2 mile, 3.1 mile, 6.2 mile). Encourage this as the intro to a class.
If near a park, a group fitness class meets at the gym then power walks or jogs to this destination location. Utilize natural elements and playground equipment in the class. Get Creative.
If no organized classes, offer a map/link to the nearest playground, suggest a workout. Encourage buddy participation for fun and safety.
⏸ 🏋️♂️ Working out close to nature is good for the soul 🌞
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🔹Written for Foundation Fitness by Sarah Sager, Marketing. If you have any questions or concerns about this article, please reach out at ssager@FoundationFitness.net
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