Community workout spaces have steadily shifted to become a hot a commodity that is “necessary” or expected from today’s renters. A big part of this ties back to the fact that juggling all of life’s activities can be difficult, and many people are simply too busy to make it to into a public gym during their allotted hours. But, 24-hour fitness facilities within communities are completely changing the convenience and restrictions once associated with working out. Even with the busiest of schedules, it’s easier to find time to workout when you know that you can do so on your schedule, and just walk out your front door in order to get there. What’s more is the growing trend of group fitness activities, specifically for the millennial generation. Millennials tend to be more social than some other generations and have shown a great interest in participating in communal activities. The gym isn’t just for working out any more, it even serves as a venue for socializing. With that, it’s no surprise to us that apartment communities throughout Southern California are having fitness facilities built in their community, or renovated to meet the renter demographics’ growing demands for a different kind of workout experience. What does your community currently offer in this space? Keep in mind, adding a fitness center or upgrading your current space will not only increase tenant satisfaction, it will add up to higher rents at your multifamily.
Trends in Community Fitness Centers Today
A Group Experience: In an effort to bolster the “experience” while still pursuing fitness goals, many new renters seek out fitness spaces that offer unique and varying exercise classes. Even those who join public gyms often sign up for group classes, and that demand is no different in a community gym setting. These dual purpose fitness center rooms provide classes like Zumba, spinning, Pilates, and maybe even Crossfit! And in some areas, it’s not uncommon to see special yoga rooms that are designed solely for practicing yoga in a quiet communal space.
Tech-y Equipment: If you want to appeal to today’s tech-savvy renter, think about investing in newer fitness equipment that has more capabilities. Much of today’s higher-tech fitness equipment has the ability to connect newer technology. For example, you might see a TV on the dashboard of a treadmill and a USB plug so iPods and MP3 players can be connected directly. There are even some special apps that are built into new equipment that can video record workout routines (with the ever-growing popularity in streaming “live” and documenting everything for YouTube, this could be an added benefit to your renters).
WOW Tenants: If your luxury property is in a very health-oriented and active community, consider some additional perks that could really wow your residents: install a juice bar or energy bar machine, add a sauna or steam room, and even provide massage services.
Flooring Materials for Your Multi-Purpose Fitness Room
The flooring that you choose for your new or renovated fitness facility depends largely on the type of environment you’d like to foster, and the purpose of the room. If the space will be a multi-purpose space with many different functions, you may want to consider a material that services many different kinds of workout activities OR select various types of materials to be used in different areas. No matter what type of flooring material you choose, ensure that the durability of the flooring, and the amount of maintenance required are items that you take into consideration as well. We always recommend flooring that is easy to clean because in a shared space germs are prevalent (synthetic or wood floors are the easiest to clean).
Luckily for property managers and owners today, flooring manufacturers over the years have been able to develop high-performance flooring with low-maintenance. Less labor and more inexpensive upkeep means more money in your pocket in the long-run! And when it comes to flooring, there really isn’t one type of flooring that is good for virtually every use. Each area within your fitness center (depending on how large and versatile) may call for a different flooring option. Here are a few of the many flooring options we see in apartment fitness rooms today:
- Hardwood Flooring
- Rolled Vinyl Flooring
- Virgin or Recycled Rubber
- Carpet or Carpet Tiles
- Other Synthetic Materials
Not Sure What Will Fit Your Community Fitness Needs?
If you’re looking at renovating or creating a new fitness facility, we’d be happy to consult with you about your choices and options in creating the perfect space. We can help you come up with tailored solutions to create that multi-purpose room that you want, or a specialized room for yogo or other classes. Outside of flooring options, there are many things to consider to increase value and the longevity of your amenity. Summer is around the corner, and your renters would likely be very happy to be able to continue their fitness routines closer to home. The ROI in fitness centers has been proven, so if your facility doesn’t have one yet…it might be time to take the leap. Your residents will thank you. Give us a call to chat more about what that would look like for your community, and we’ll be happy to supply you with a preliminary estimate.