Planning a Fitness Centre: 4 Points to Keep in Mind


As more people are now aware of the numerous positive effects that come with leading a fit and healthy lifestyle, the fitness industry is growing in response to accommodate the rise in demand.

If you have plans to start a new fitness centre for yoga, Zumba, or martial arts, go through the following to avoid some common mistakes and maximize your investment.

Pay Attention to the Flooring

The importance of choosing the right floor for any kind of athletic fitness centre cannot be overstated. For example,sports and recreational centres use flexible Boen flooring because they are considerably better at spreading pressure and momentum by design. Whether it’s yoga, Zumba, or martial arts, the floors make it easier to jump, land, and stretch on them. Flexibility of the engineered wood floor also lowers the chance of people getting injured.

Talk with the Instructors

It cannot hurt if you are an instructor in your own fitness centre, but that’s not really a requirement. Even if you do have the qualifications and the experience necessary to teach, chances are that you will still need to hire at least a few other instructors to help you. Always consult with the instructors before planning and upgrading any part of your facility.


For example, if you are expanding your present sports centre to add a new MMA wing, you must consult with the person/people who will be teaching the MMA classes there. Not only will their guidance improve the final build and design of the wing, but it will also be functionally accurate for the intended activity.

Keep the Available Space in Mind

Keep your fitness centre small and the number of offered activities limited if you don’t have a big budget to start with. It’s better to have a few complete sections in your sports centre, rather than cramming several activities in a space and budget that’s just too small to properly accommodate them all.

A longer list of recreational fitness activities might make the marketing seem more impressive, but you will have a hard time increasing or even maintaining your present member list. In practice, people prefer working out in complete, spacious, and focused fitness centres rather than incomplete, haphazard, and overcrowded places.

Don’t Forget About the Equipment

Instead of wasting money on generic equipment, focus on investing exclusively in functional sports equipment that the centre will actually need. Talk with the people who will be in charge of instructing at the facility to get a better idea about what you should or should not buy.

Good sports and safety equipment for a fitness centre is never cheap, so choose your investments in equipment wisely, but never skimp out on the quality.

Last but not least, be attentive towards meeting the mandatory requirements for each different section in your fitness centre. There are structural safety standards to consider and instructor qualifications to check. As suggested previously, keep the plans small if you are starting out, but do start with a solid foundation, nonetheless.