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Gym Design 101

Elabonaych all started when we decided to use our knowledge of fitness training and competencies in design to help people create the IDEAL gym that is good for THEIR needs.

Because we like to help people feel good in their gym, we have compiled a small guide to help people who would like to create a DYI gym!

Whether you have a 500 sqm gym to fill or a 50sqm, there are basic guidelines that you should follow:



Create specific areas



New project's plan

A good gym should have different areas: a free-weight area, that should be floored with special material and place in a safe place ( noone should need to just walk over the area because it more convenient to get somewhere else); the aerobic area which should include treadmills, elliptical and other bikes; the stretching area, preferably in a more quiet zone with mats available and the strength machines area. If you are planning for a bigger picture with group training, a closed studio, separated from the rest of the gym should be done.



Safety first

Safety comes as the driving rule when designing a gym. Areas should be placed in a manner that keeps everyone safe: obviously, exits should not be blocked but also the free-weight areas should be floored with gummy to prevent heavy weight from rolling or rebounding on people's feet... As we mentioned before, the free-weight area should be place in a protected area, in a corner or along a wall but never in the middle of the room where people could just pass through it.

Another important part is the location of mirrors. Mirrors in a gym are not just an aesthetic tool, they also help trainees to see their position while performing exercises and so prevent injuries from bad posture! They should be place adequately, the free-weight area is a must-have-a-mirror place. If you are planning on having a studio in the gym with group trainings, put mirrors in a way that people can see their postures whether they are at the front or back of the room.



Gym equipment selection




This is a big part of the design. Equipment should fit the need of the trainees and the budget. In a residential building, the average age of the residents and the number of potential users would drive the number and style of equipment. A basic rule is to have equipment for each of the areas: obviously weights in the free-weights areas, at least one strength machine for each muscle group or a multi-trainer if you are short on space, treadmills nowadays are a must-have and so is elliptical and at least one style of bike. Mats, fit-balls, ladder and resistance straps are welcome in the stretching area.

Ask the equipment company how guarantees work! Usually, you would need to pay for a maintenance visit that should take place every 6 months but you might want to pass on it if you're the only one to use it.

If you're short on cash, you can always check for second hands! Some equipment can be very pricey if bought brand new, but you can find second hand equipment in very good condition for very reasonable price.




Renovation: material and contractor



Lev Rechavia's project before completion

Once the design and equipment chosen, remain a big piece of the work: the actual creation or renovation of the space. From choosing the appropriate material to finding the contractor, we'll give you our best tips!

As must as possible you should try to find good quality material that is specifically made for gyms. Because gym training can be very traumatic for the floors (think, weight dropping, rope jumping and other heavy usage), flooring specifically designed for gyms have been created with this is mind and is more likely to last long and look good.

When it comes to the contractor, a few checks can prevent a lot of headaches:

- Ask for reference! A happy client will always take time to provide a reference if asked. Unless your contractor is starting, he should have references available and a portfolio of his work to show you.

- Take price estimation from at least 3 contractors: too much can be hassle but you want to be sure you're not falling on the exceptionally pricey ones. Prices can vary tremendously: be sure to have a written quote that describe everything that is included in the price and how extra works! (How much will you pay for this not-standard-white that you'd prefer on your walls?)

- Make sure you know who will provide you the guarantee for the material and the work.

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