The floor plan for your gym or fitness club is an essential element for customer satisfaction. A good gym layout feels spacious, uncrowded, and downright encouraging. In contrast, a poor design can lead to crowded areas, unsafe situations, and unmotivated clients. So it’s crucial to do your research and create an excellent gym floor plan.Read More
Before developing a gym floor plan, defining what type of gym you are creating is important. The gym category includes personal training studios, apartment gyms, hotel gyms, activity-specific gyms (pilates, barre, CrossFit), small and large membership fitness centers, and more. Maybe you have even come up with a new gym concept to launch!
As you review inspirational floor plans, it’s good to have a gym size range in mind. The type of gym will also help you determine a starting floor plan size. For example, a yoga studio usually requires less space per person than an equipment-filled personal training gym. Likewise, an apartment gym is usually quite a bit smaller than a large fitness center. One way to figure out a size range is to list how much space you need for your key gym activity areas (see our list below) and build up the total size from there. Another way to estimate a starting floor plan size is to allocate space per gym member. One rule of thumb recommends that the exercise area occupy 10-15 sq ft (1-1.5 m2) per user, not including space for the entrance, storage, restrooms, and other common areas. So if you expect 100 members for your yoga studio, you could start with floor plans 1000 sq ft (90 m2) or larger. Similarly, if you are hoping for 1000 members for your gym, start with floor plans above 10,000 sq ft (930 m2). For reference, large fitness centers often occupy 30,000 sq ft (2,800 m2) or more.
As you review gym floor plans and develop your unique version, you need to know which activities your gym will provide. Here’s a list of typical gym amenities. Which will be part of your floor plan?
By reviewing sample floor plans and then playing around with your gym layout ideas, you can plan out how you want to group the key equipment. For cardio equipment such as treadmills and elliptical machines, you’ll often see grid layouts, which are clear to navigate. Be sure to think about the traffic flow around the equipment and potential pinch points - such as an aisle blocked by people waiting to enter a fitness class.
Safety is a crucial element of any gym floor plan. Gym staff should have visual access to all equipment, so watch out for hidden nooks and spaces in your floor plan. You also want to avoid trip hazards - for example, placing equipment too close together or right around a tight corner where someone could bump into it. Electrical cords are another potential trip hazard. So think about your gym equipment’s electrical requirements and ideally build electricity into the floor rather than running cords across the carpet. Good indoor air quality is essential with large groups of people working out, so think about how your air conditioning, windows, and fans work into your floor plan. Bright lighting also helps with safety.
You may want to consult with an experienced professional before you finalize your floor plan, as it will likely need to meet your locality’s fire and building codes. For example, there may be requirements on total occupancy, the number of bathrooms, the number and width of doors, and the width of stairs, aisles, and corridors. Fire protection systems, such as sprinklers and fire alarms may also be required.
If you love fitness and are considering opening your own gym, working on the gym floor plan is an important part of the planning process. It will help you think through your ideas, figure out the square footage you need, and decide on your equipment layout. You can also use the gym floor plan to create your budget, and it will be helpful when you meet with architects, contractors, and real estate professionals.