The philosophy of sport is evolving: different fields are merging and athletes are taking on the good practices of every discipline. This can be observed in Cross trainings, where the emphasis is on simultaneous strengthening of the whole body, but athletes are increasingly focusing on individual muscle groups where they notice a deficit – by using fitness devices that target a specific part of the body. On the other hand, we have passionate gym visitors who have strength, but lack coordination and/or stamina, so they add climbing, triathlon or martial arts to their routines. But what all athletes have in common is that they are increasingly aware of the importance of functional exercise, which expands the range of movement, reduces pain, improves the motor skills of walking and sitting, improves posture and allows us to gain mobility, which is needed both in sports and in everyday life.
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Our goal is therefore – a functional corner in every home! If maybe we’re overreacting a little, let’s just say we want to put it in every gym. This of course also includes fitness centers! These are usually spread over 500 and more square meters and are filled with devices to strengthen the muscles of the back, shoulder girdle, arms or legs. In rare fitness centers (although their number is increasing, which we applaud!) there is a corner for functional movement, which is an excellent acquisition, both for fitness owners and for trainees.
If you already have a part of your gym space that is not used and where there is more and more junk, we suggest that you equip it with functional equipment. But before you start breaking down your storage and making long lists of the equipment you need, let’s stop you: inhale, exhale, start slowly.
Step by step
For starters, choose only one product that is suitable for a wide range of exercises, such as the Mighty Rack CX-35. Observe how your customers react to it. Do they start using it right away? Maybe they need a workshop with some kinesiologist who will present some basics of proper movement and use your new shiny equipment piece? Maybe someone who is not a member of your gym will come to the workshop and fall in love with the community? That’s a double win for you!
Then gradually add new pieces of equipment. Choose from those that are multi-functional and can be used by both the newest members of your team as well as the coaches you have been working with for many years. However, don’t overload your corner with equipment. Embrace the mindset that functional equipment is similar to Lego bricks, they can connect with each other and allow you to perform brand new exercises!
You will also be pleased to notice that functional exercise equipment does not empty your wallet – especially if you have been used to buying only fitness devices that cost €3,000 or even €20,000! Compared to these prices, purchasing functional equipment is music to your ears (and of course to your budget too).
Now is the time to put your imagination to work and show the character of your gym in a functional corner. Don’t be afraid of colors, inscriptions, graffiti and anything else that can entice your members to try out something new!
The Picassent Gym in Valencia
Amanda, who runs the Picassent Gym in Valencia, Spain, followed our advice. She started slowly: first she got herself a Royal Closet Gym with the TNT rack structure and standard accessories. With the help of the closet, the space for functional exercise remained neat and separate and the element of surprise aroused only when the door of the cabinet opened. When Amanda saw that the trainees were using the closet and all its accessories, she added some additional functional accessories over time, thus broadening the horizons of her gym members.
Dear owners of fitness centers, if the field of functional exercise is also new to you, don’t worry – we can help you find the best solutions for your wallet, the appearance of your gym and the satisfaction of your trainees.
If you are still having trouble furnishing your gym and you need a team of professionals, do not hesitate to contact us. One of our representatives will be with you each step of the way, from designing to installing. You can contact us for free here
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