All-inclusive, functional fitness amenities are no longer an added community perk, but rather an absolute necessity for both luxury and market rate properties to remain competitive.

According to a recent Forbes article, wellness is one of the fastest-growing focuses in the real estate industry and is estimated to comprise a $134 billion slice of the market. In study after study, findings indicate that renters demand state-of-the-art fitness facilities, and will pay more to get it.

So while it’s clear that a progressive fitness facility serves as a critical competitive asset and differentiator for your residential community, keep in mind that it must be executed well, with a thoughtful and expert approach. Residents are increasingly influenced by the advent of boutique fitness studies and well-appointed health clubs.  Multifamily residential environments have a unique competitive advantage over those facilities in that their residents don’t have to travel far to gain a great workout experience if you are willing to provide one.

Here are three key considerations:

  1. Gym Design—A space frequented as often as the fitness facility should never appear sterile or static. Residents are looking to be energized in this space, and often times will even use it as a gathering spot to socialize and build community. Therefore, it’s important to integrate functional fitness principlesand the aesthetic fundamentals of interior designduring the early planning stages for optimal appeal. Consider wall colors, floor coverings and wall graphics, and other environmental embellishments for an inspirational and aesthetically pleasing environment that residents will engage with and return to again and again.
  2. Spatial Accommodation—Designing with the end user in mind is critical. The space needs to accommodate trending training modalities, and at the same time, be flexible enough to adapt as trends shift. Considerations such as the balance between cardio, strength and functional training zones, and incorporating an adjacent wellness-oriented space that facilitates meditation, stretching and yoga should be taken into account.

Also user engagement and experience need to be ruminated. Does the layout facilitate an intuitive flow between equipment and accessories? Functional Training type workouts are in the highest of demand these days. These workouts requires a lot of accessories and hand held tools. Ensure ample space to store this equipment so As to plan efficiently and safely for their use.

Once the physical limitations and usage requirement of the space have been well accounted for, the next step is to select the most appropriate equipment and accessories. Space constraints can place some unavoidable challenges, but there are often creative design solutions and alternative options that can be employed when working with a skilled Functional Design Specialist.

3.Technology– Today’s fitness enthusiasts look for connectivity and interaction in everything they do. Technology is woven throughout every facet of their lives, and it’s expected. Further, It’s no secret that most multi-family communities have unsupervised amenities.

So how does one create sociable circumstances and connectivity within the fitness amenity? Consider integrating digital exercise guidance platform to solve forthese coveted social and tech savvy aspects. This will help power your facility towards providing dynamic and varied interactive workouts 24/7.

It’s important to avoid project fumbles by early planning with an outside consultancy, that can properly prepare you, knows the trends and will know what’s likely coming next. Engaging a functional fitness design specialist for early planning and facility design will allow you to anticipate challenges and support the minute details so that developers and their budgets won’t have to further down the road.