We’ve all trained in our local leisure centre or even pushed the boat out and took a membership at the health club. The nice changing rooms, the complimentary toiletries and towels, the great smoothie bar - All the nice added extras that surround the real reason behind why you went to the gym in the first place.
Take one step into the gym itself and it’s a very different story… That workout you’d planned is now tasked around finding some premium floor space to warm up in amongst the jungle of CV equipment and isolated weights machines. Your 45-minute workout has grown to 1hour 30mins through queuing for that piece of equipment you really need.
These spaces have often been planned and designed by businessmen, who more than likely have never personally stepped foot into that gym, hasn’t exercised since their late teens / early twenties and who’s concepts of fitness is 15 to 20 years out of date.
The indulgences shouldn’t overrule your workout space and more importantly your quality of training.
At the other end of the spectrum, the advancements in Strength and Conditioning Training over the past 10 – 15 years has seen a new breed of gyms evolve from disused industrial units and warehouses, spaces that we’re redundant to any positive use. They may not have the luxuries of the health club, but the concepts of how to train and take care of both physical and mental well being far surpasses those of the ‘health’ club.
So does this pose the question - should someone take the qualities of both concepts and merge them, would this be the blueprint for the mainstream?
Could it break the mould of out of date fitness spaces being delivered in health clubs and replace them with training plans, nutritional plans and equipment that’s fit for purpose, whilst still retaining the creature comforts we all desire?
Step forward Fit Missions… Located in Bakewell, the heart of the Peak District.
You have to admit, its not the first place you’d think of when you hear of pioneering concepts for the fitness industry, but what they’ve created is a space which encompasses all the qualities when health club meets functional fitness.
Lucy Denver – Commercial Director tells us more about the concept, how it works and what their plans for the future are…
So what did we supply Fit Missions with?
A full facility outfitting, everything you could possibly need for a Strength and Conditioning facility - Rig / Bars / Bumpers / Wallballs / Sleds / Battle Ropes / Airbikes / Rowers.
The centrepiece of the gym, the Rig - A BS420 - Bulldog Series – Free Standing. One of the main reasons behind our British made Rigs being so popular is their versatility. Its an investment that needs to grow with the gym, so what is right for the gym now may not be suitable 2 / 3 years down the line. Our rigs are designed to accommodate that increased capacity by simply adding more sections to it or changing components such as braces to incorporate higher skilled work as your members become more competent. With Fit Missions, the only obstruction was a low ceiling, so we retained the standard 2.85m Uprights, but upgraded our 1770 Pull Up Braces with Single Pull Up Bars for Bar Muscle Up Work. In between the squat stations they utilise the cross members with our Wooden Gymnastic Rings, great for ring dips or ring rows.
Moving into the gym and into a large open floor space, they use a variety of kit for all their different types of classes. As with most strength and conditioning programmes barbell work is essential, the guys chose our Box Bars and Hybrid Bumpers – Durable and hard wearing workhorses that stand the test of time.
When not in use the barbells are neatly stored away on the wall next to the rig using our vertical gun racks. Floor space is a premium, so utilising dead space is something we strongly recommend - especially when it comes to storage.
We are of the opinion that Fit Missions is the blueprint for how to set up a mainstream gym. When you take the Health Club extras – Like the good amenities and the café and supplement these with functional fitness, great equipment, variety in classes and guidance from coaches, you really do have the winning formula.
Fit Missions – The Blueprint