They say the psychological state is as important as one’s physical state when it comes to an effective workout. A positive attitude and being in the right state of mind goes a long way towards fitness goals. But how significant is your environment’s impact on the quality of your workout?
According to Carol Finnie, dwp’s Interior Design Portfolio Director based in the UAE, “Naturally our environments impact our disposition, whether consciously or unconsciously. Depending on one’s intention, this can be applied to the fitness industry as well. A space can be designed to impress a dynamic setting, perfect for high energy zones – spinning, HIIT workouts or Crossfit-type classes – where speed and motivation are enhanced. Alternatively, you could create a calm and tranquil environment suitable for more holistic type classes such as yoga, Pilates, etc.” Despite the traditional fitness room following a rectangular shape, they can vary dramatically through the use of innovative materials, the language of colour, specialist lighting and AV systems, all working together to maximize the senses and optimize user experience for its intended purpose.”
And it’s not just designers who share this sentiment. Technogym, leading manufacturer of commercial and home fitness and wellness solutions, has embraced the importance of design in the workout environment. According to Nerio Alessandri, Founder & President of Technogym, “Design plays a relevant role in wellness; harmony and beauty are always far more attractive to people than basic functionality. For example, if you think about the 1980s and the very basic fitness equipment available at the time, gyms were just a place for true fitness addicts. Its design appeared complicated and could affect people’s vibes. Today, however, thanks to design, attention to detail and ease-of-use, gyms come across as more welcoming to anyone seeking an environment for a good workout.”
In fact, market research that included a study on healthcare facilities and consumer behaviour, revealed a facility’s atmosphere as an important factor affecting how consumers evaluate gyms. The interior design and overall ambiance of the fitness center creates a certain atmosphere that can subconsciously affect one’s psychological state of being. For those involved in the process, take note, and make sure to pick your design as carefully as you pick the equipment.
Most gym owners and fitness center chains favour a more utilitarian approach towards the design and layout of their facilities. But as the current generation of workers become more health conscious, gyms are now being viewed as essential components in the daily life of the professional worker. As such, gyms should start to incorporate stronger hospitality elements into their facilities and should be following design trends that align closely with the well-being policies of modern design.