Fitness centers are part of the top ten amenities renters desire- this, according to a study by the National Apartment Association. Why? A fitness center in an apartment complex brings the gym closer to you. You can enjoy your workouts at a lower cost and with better space than in a local gym. Lastly, a fitness center is a socializing area. Are you exploring the apartment rental market? Here’s why you need to add a fitness center to your list of amenities?

Bringing the Resources Closer 

Renting an apartment with a fitness center brings gym resources closer to you. The treadmills, stair steppers, cross-trainers, and weights you need will be downstairs, or an elevator rides away. You can also hire a personal trainer for a few hours and bring them to the apartment’s fitness center. 

If you prefer to have your workouts very early or very late at night, the fitness center will be within your reach. In contrast, when using an externally operated gym, there’s a chance that you need to squeeze your workouts to specific hours. Time constraints can lower your motivation to stay fit. 

A fitness center within an apartment also makes it easier to commit to your workout regimen. Taking a bus or long walks to the gym can deter you from exercising. However, with the equipment close by, you can exercise throughout the year. It can be challenging to go to the gym in extreme heat and cold, but with a fitness center within a building, you’ll stay right on track. 

Lastly, renting an apartment with a fitness center means that you can move around with fewer items. You can avoid carrying your work clothes to the gym because you can go home to freshen up. All you need is your gym outfit, a towel, and water. 

Saving Time 

Renting an apartment complex with a fitness center will reduce the amount of time you consume traveling to the gym. Imagine if you need to walk for 20 minutes, or call a cab, ride a bike or catch the bus. 

Your time is important. Having your gym equipment 5 minutes away is incredibly convenient. Taking five minutes versus 20 minutes to the gym can be the difference between health and unfitness. You’ll feel more motivated to exercise when your workout equipment is close to you. 

Lower Membership Fees

Most apartment complexes have zero to extremely lower fees for annual gym fees. The fitness center is a renter’s perk. With this in mind, it will cost you less to exercise at an apartment fitness center. The best part is that if the fitness center is free, you can find free digital trainers to stay fit and spend no money at all.

Joining a gym means that you need to shell out a couple of dollars every month to access gym facilities. Gym membership fee averages between $40-$50 monthly and can add up to more than $800 annually when you add the initiation fee. If you miss out on some of your workouts, you’ll lose even more money. 

An indoor fitness center, on the other hand, may increase your overall apartment’s value by 5%. If you pay the amount annually, you will spend less on the fitness center. Also, you’re less likely to forget the payment deadline.  

Better Access To Equipment 

Signing up for local gym membership seems like a good idea until you realize that the entire neighborhood congregates there. While working out with people can be motivating, it can quickly become uncomfortable if the equipment is scarce. Imagine lining up to use the treadmill or using sweaty equipment? 

Overcrowded facilities are unsuitable for healthy workouts. Not only will your spirits dampen, but there is also an increased risk of accidents. Because space is limited, anyone can drop a dumbbell on your foot or fall back on you. The showers and changing rooms will also become unbearable. 

An apartment fitness center will have less crowding, giving you the comfort you need when working out. You’re also likely to bump into familiar people that you engage in a conversation with, rather than seeing new faces every day.

If you choose to use a digital trainer or download a fitness app, you can easily place your phone or tablet on the floor without worrying that someone might fall over. All your items will also stay safe and accessible to you in the lockers. 


Making new friends and sharing new experiences can be hectic sometimes. In between work, schedules, and classes, you may forget to talk to new people. However, the gym is a convenient location to meet your neighbors, and hopefully, forge new friendships. You can share your thoughts as you work out, and borrow a few workout tips from your neighbors.

Final Thoughts  

A fitness center is a shared space that helps you work out at a lower cost and with less time wastage and more convenience. You can also use the center to socialize and learn a few tricks from your neighbors. 

The demand for multi-housing buildings is rising as more people seek the convenience and perks that come with apartment buildings. More importantly, residents are on the hunt for apartment communities that improve the quality of their lives. Even with the rise of multi-use home gym equipment, renters want multifamily units with fitness centers. Here are several reasons why developers should include fitness centers in their apartment complexes.

Multi-Housing Units for Health and Wellness

Modern renters are sensitive to their homes and how they influence their wellness. According to the 2020 NMHC/Kingsley Associates Apartment Resident Preferences Report, renters consider three main components- environment, sustainability, and fitness.

In terms of fitness, renters want:

Residents also prefer the following fitness offerings in their fitness centers.

High-End Residential Buildings Offer Fitness Center Access

As the demand for high-end apartment communities increases, more developers are including several shared amenities in their designs. An overwhelming 92% of new apartment buildings in 2019 had a fitness facility or gym to meet market demands. In the previous decade, 90% of new apartment buildings had gyms, contributing to more than two-thirds of apartment buildings with fitness facilities.

More apartment renters now prioritize fitness centers and wellness as they select homes. According to a 2017 report by the National Apartment Association, 46% of residents were ready to pay a premium to access fitness classes, while 42% would pay top-dollar for walking trails and tracks.

In response, developers have found ways to upgrade their multi-housing units to attract residents. For example, between 2014 and 2017, 12,574 upgraded or added fitness centers to their units. In addition, 8,492 added swimming pools.

The Cost of Renting a Multi-Housing Unit

Onsite fitness facilities don’t come free or cheap. On average, it costs approximately $1,473 to rent an apartment. However, if the unit comes with a gym, it costs roughly $1,530, a $57 difference. The cost is considerably lower than renting an offsite gym, which can cost at least $10 more per month.

In addition, renters don’t have to incur the cost of movement to and from the gym, which is a relief for gym users that prefer to avoid traffic, driving, and the time spent moving to the gym location.

However, while there are cost and time savings, it’s crucial to consider the gym quality. Some multi-housing units offer basic gyms with cardio and lifting equipment. However, some facilities have the latest smart equipment, fitness trainers, classes, pools, and spas. High-end facilities ultimately cost more.

Fitness Facility Use

Ultimately, one main question for developers and landlords comes into play: will renters use the fitness facilities? Many people often have the intention to exercise, especially when they see a fitness facility on site. However, the intention doesn’t always transfer into behavior.

While developers need to provide fitness facilities for renters, they also have to make it easy for renters to use the facilities. For example, not hiding the fitness facility behind the building is crucial. Instead, the fitness facility should be in an open, easy-to-see, and access location.

The exterior and interior should also be attractive to inspire renters to pay and use the facilities. Naturally, developers will want to keep the costs low but reasonable. One way to do this is to find low maintenance facilities, low-cost to run and attractive to renters.

For example, hot pools and spas consume costly power and require regular cleaning. However, smart gym equipment may be cheaper to operate as long as users can switch them on and off to conserve power.

To learn more about fitness centers in multi-housing complexes, contact an Opti-Fit representative in your area.


Back in March, when COVID-19 forced gyms to close their doors, we all quickly realized that wherever you lay your mat is the “gym.”. According to the media analytics firm Comscore, “March of 2020 saw a 147% increase over the prior year in on-demand fitness video consumption.” In June, YouTube announced that in the three months since March 15th, daily views of videos with “home workout” in the title rose 515%.”

These trends are expected to continue in 2021 as we continue to adapt and adjust to the new normal. This newfound appreciation for sweating at home will only become more entrenched in our daily lives as the year progresses.

Here are some fitness trends to watch in 2021…

• Online Fitness Classes Are Here to Stay!

Before the pandemic, we associated exercise with “going to the gym.” As we’ve changed our habits, digital workouts have become the norm, and this will continue in 2021. Brands are embracing an approach that gives users access to a variety of workouts, including live-streaming classes and on-demand libraries.

Companies like Apple, Google, and Amazon are developing their own offerings. Apple Fitness+, launching in 2021, will offer workout recommendations based on the intensity of your last workout. Matrix Fitness has partnered with Apple to connect the Apple watch to their treadmills, ellipticals, and bikes.

• Focus on Restorative Fitness

The self-care/mental health trend has been brought home by the sky-high stress levels of 2020. Restorative fitness like yoga, pilates, meditation, and stretching made it into the top ten for 2020. In 2021, expect the trend to continue as we all deal with managing ongoing pandemic stress!

• Wearable Technology

Wearable technology consists of smartwatches and fitness trackers and includes devices like heart rate monitors and GPS trackers like those used in cycling. Their accuracy and capabilities have expanded. Some even offer AI fitness solutions; others use VR games to promote fitness. The wearables trend is growing and is expected to be a top trend in 2021.

Digital / In-Person Hybrid

While digital workouts and classes are here to stay, it doesn’t mean “in-person” classes are obsolete. A recent survey of professionals found that 92% hope to return to the gym in 2021. Forty percent of respondents are planning on returning exclusively back to in-studio workouts when they feel it’s safe.

• Interactive Home Machines

Whether it’s strength training or cardio, we’re adding workout machines to our home gyms and dedicated workout rooms. Companies like Matrix are creating large-screen consoles for their treadmills, ClimbMills, and ellipticals that allow users to stream and view live entertainment, browse social media, and race through virtual mountain trails while working out.

• Well Equipped Home Gyms

The market for home gym accessories will continue to grow in 2021. Whether it’s dedicated machines for cardio and strength training, all-in-one gym units, or flooring and storage trees and racks, the market for home fitness items and accessories will grow in 2021.

Physical fitness is vital to our physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Digital technology has helped us through the pandemic, but it can’t completely fill the void of connecting and exercising with friends and instructors in the gym.

As we work through the challenges of the pandemic, we’ll begin to see the growth of this new “hybrid” community of both in-person and digital offerings. We’re entering a phase where we will each decide what works best for us, and as a result, the companies and brands that will survive will seamlessly serve the client who craves the community that an in-person class offers but still needs to take online classes as well.

For more information about the trends of fitness in 2021, contact an Opti-Fit fitness professional.

Gyms, fitness centers, and health clubs have varieties of cardio, free weights, and weight-training equipment to enable users to pursue their fitness goals. However, in the wake of the recent coronavirus pandemic, people can no longer visit these fitness facilities.

Home gyms are now a go-to option for people who want to remain fit. Setting up a home gym seems expensive for many people, but it’s not entirely true; it all depends on your particular fitness goals and preferred exercises. Here are some viable home gym solutions:

Buying Fitness Equipment

Your fitness routines and preferences should help you choose the ideal gym equipment. For some, it would help to look for manufacturers offering all-in-one fitness gym bundles. The packages comprise readymade solutions for a home gym, ranging in price. Bundles allow you to make a single purchase and get access to many different pieces of equipment and exercise options.

If a bundle package isn’t right for you, here are some additional home gym equipment options to consider:

  1. Gym Equipment for Cardio Exercises

If cardio is your primary fitness source, you may consider an investment in a single piece of equipment such as a treadmill, elliptical, spin cycle, stairclimber, etc.   Treadmills are often a popular choice. With a treadmill, you can perform basic cardio workouts like jogging, running, or walking, but if you’re looking for high-intensity interval training equipment, consider a piece of speciality cardio equipment that could be  more effective for you.

For those that prefer step-based exercises, there are many options available.  Climbmills, stairsteppers, and vertical climbers can occupy minimal space and are suitable for HIIT workouts or other aerobic conditioning. Mix in some jump ropes, resistant bands, and a yoga mat to increase variety to your cardio regimen.

  1. Strength Training Equipment

Your home gym is not complete without strength training equipment. Strength training exercises target specific muscle groups to improve muscular fitness. Many prefer free weights and equipment like the barbells, dumbbells, medicine balls, and kettlebells – all available in different sizes, shapes, and weights. Others prefer weight machines such as functional trainers, multi-station units, or selectorized equipment.  Whichever your preference, including strength training equipment to your home gym can round out any fitness routine.

Leverage At-Home Workout Videos and Apps

Looking for prescribed workouts or a fitness professional to help guide you through?  There are more free workout apps and videos available than ever. Prerecorded instructor videos can last from 5-45 minutes, and provide a full workout session for many home fitness routines. These apps and videos help you perform a range of exercises, including high-intensity interval training, boxing, barre, pilates exercises, etc.

In today’s environment, set up a gym at home by looking for compact exercise equipment that is easy to use and store. And, select an instructional workout video or app that suits your particular workout style.

From fitness routines by the beach to sophisticated gizmos, we have witnessed some interesting trends and changes in the last decade. Join me as we review the last decade of fitness.

The decade started on a high. We saw a shift from the brick and mortar style of fitness as boot camps and workout classes gained popularity. In 2010, people traded their gym memberships for dance therapies. Zumba, Afro-Cuban, Bollywood, and ballroom dances gripped the masses.

We saw fitness instructors seeking training in the “new” trend to deliver the services more efficiently. Gone are the days when hiring a personal trainer was a thing for the rich. Common folk sought the assistance of personal trainers at the dawn of the decade.

The fitness industry had a sudden growth spat between 2011 to 2013. We saw the new gyms and fitness centers popping up indiscriminately in the United States.

The fitness age demographic broadened dramatically. There were fitness programs that target adults and older children. The obesity epidemic drove many parents to seek solutions from fitness experts.

During this period, we saw the incorporation of different strategies. There was a focus on nutrition. Intermittent fasting was a trend between 2011 to 2013. There was also attention to calorie intake. Many people traded their high carbohydrate diets for the gluten-free lifestyle.

We saw the intermarriage of tech and fitness during this period. Through your smartphone, you could measure the intensity of your workout. Some apps could measure the number of calories that you burnt during a particular run.

The technology interest wasn’t only in the software. We saw updates in the hardware with the development of wireless headsets and smartwatches. You could strap your phone on your arm, queue your favorite tracks, and work out. Alternatively, a smartwatch on your wrist was all you needed.

From 2013 to 2016, we saw the rise of functional and movement-based workout. We saw the traditional gym equipment share their space with battle ropes, monster truck tires, and kettlebells.

We saw a crucial moment in the evolution of fitness centers. The gym that immersed a large number of people into a program that incorporates aerobics with high-intensity strength activities.

By 2016, gym instruction and personal training had caught on. More clients were looking for one-on-one engagements with personal trainers. Trends such as cross-fit and functional training lured more and more people.

We also saw the introduction and growth of 24/7 gym chains. Busy schedules and crowded gyms was no longer an excuse to skip leg day. You can swing by the gym before the break of dawn or in the middle of the night.

In the mid-2010s, we saw the evolution of fitness technology. Fitness trackers and apps could offer more. Fitness apps could give you information on your heart rate in real-time. Your phone could hand you a report on your sleep patterns.

Gym equipment also got smarter. Treadmills came with social media capabilities, and your stationary bike could connect you to a personal trainer.

Moving forward to the 2020s, we are looking forward to what the decade has instore for us. Will we see a resurgence of some old trends with a new twist? For now, only time will tell.

We could witness a focus on client wellness, along with traditional health and fitness activities. We may see an interest in the mental and social wellbeing of the client.

Dynamic injury rehabilitation, the provision of wellness interventions, and functional movement could be a trend in 2020 and beyond. I look forward to seeing what the next decade will bring.

For more information on fitness centers, contact your local Opti-fit representative in California and Nevada.


Personal training is always evolving, and a recent survey indicates that in-person personal training is declining. On the other hand, virtual training is rising rapidly. In fact, by the year 2022, the virtual fitness market is expected to reach $329 billion.

Virtual fitness is a blend of exercise with technology, and these workouts are just the same workouts that you know or love. However, they are designed for convenience to suit your schedule. Typically, these workouts are played on big screens in the gym. Some clubs have prescheduled these workouts, which enable members to engage in these activities whenever they want.

In the 90’s the fitness industry mainly involved one-on-one personal training, mainly because it meant that you were an important person. However, just like all other trends, this fitness trend changed. Over the last decade, there has been a boom in the fitness industry. Today, there are new technologies, fitness apps, and disruptive services, which can be customized to fit the commercial markets. Therefore, members can do the same workouts they enjoy at the club. Additionally, they can get access to classes that they cannot find online. The live-streamed classes allow them to interact with others.

The Future of Virtual Fitness

The Trip

This is an immersive workout that combines a cycling workout and a journey through a digitally-created world. This creates a cinema-like experience. Trip helps motivate and take the energy output to the next level.

This workout enables the commercial market to provide consumers with something unique and memorable. Additionally, most millennials and Gen Z members are always looking for such experiences in the club, not just working out. The Trip can also help members new to fitness to see results much faster without feeling like they’re overexerting their bodies.


This is a 30-minutes workout using an indoor bike. This high-intensity workout is an effective way for club members to workout and see results. Each sprint workout uses the latest music and fitness training techniques to push members to workout hard. It also combines bursts of intensity with short breaks to rest and prepare for the next effort.

Spending 30 minutes doing a sprint workout will drive the body to burn calories. While it’s a challenging workout, it pays off eventually. This type of workout is ideal for those who enjoy RPM but seek a new challenge.


This world-leading cardio cycle workout simulates climbs and sprints to improve cardio fitness and also burn calories. In fact, this workout can burn nearly 700 calories in a session. There’s great music to pump the members, and they can spin as one. This helps one to reach their cardio peak and keep pace with the pack.

Bottom Line

There’s enough proof that the sensory experience brought along by modern technology can help. Through modern technology, commercial markets can deliver a world-class experience regardless of whether the client is in person.

For more information on virtual workouts in the your commercial facility contact Opti-fit.

A Healthy Thanksgiving Menu

What are you grateful for in 2019? Is it family, love, or life? How about health? This thanksgiving, you can demonstrate the appreciation of health by eating healthy.

“How?” you may ask, “A boring meal is the last thing that I want for Thanksgiving.”

Planning a healthy Thanksgiving menu does not mean that the food has to be boring or bland. My mission today is to prove to you that you can have a delicious but healthy meal this November.

I have created a healthy Thanksgiving menu that will keep your mouth watering, your belly full, and your waistline in check.

a. Nutritious Thanksgiving Appetizers

Appetizers should be light and delicious. Not to delicious to tempt your guests to fill their bellies before the main meal. Here are some ideas

i. Boiled Shrimp Dipped in Buttermilk Rémoulade

Rémoulade is a tangy French Mayonnaise-based sauce that complements fresh seafood. Mayo can be high in fat. For a healthier option, I suggest using fat-free buttermilk, Greek Yoghurt, and canola mayo as the base of your Rémoulade.

ii. Caramelized Leek and Spinach Dip

The classic spinach and cheese dip packs a tonne of calories. Instead of cheese, we use caramelized leek for flavor. For a creamy texture, you can supplement this appetizer with the protein-rich Greek yogurt.

For the greatest appeal, serve with carrots, radishes, and endive leaves. Homemade pita chips also work well.

Healthy Thanksgiving Stuffing

Yes, Thanksgiving stuffing can be healthy. Here are some ideas

i. The Classic Herb Stuffing

You will need some bread, carrots, celery, garlic, and onions. The whole bread ups the fiber while the veggies inject some flavor and nutrients to the stuffing.

ii. Pear, Sage, and Golden Rising Stuffing

For this stuffing, you will require some sourdough bread cubes, some pears, thick-cut bacon, fresh sage, and tart golden raisins. This aromatic stuffing is quite sophisticated.

Healthy Turkey Recipes

These recipes feature flavor inducing tips like brining, spatchcocking, and curing.

i. Honey-Bourbon Spatchcocked Turkey

Brine the turkey before roasting it to ensure that the meat is juicy and full of flavor. After the honey-bourbon brine, you spatchcock the turkey to remove its backbone. Roasting the turkey flat in the oven allows it to cook evenly while developing a crisp golden skin.

ii. Grill-Smoked Turkey

Here is another exciting alternative to spatchcocking a turkey. Cure your turkey in a spicy mixture of cummin and fresh sage. Lastly, let the bird soak in the smoke of a charcoal grill.

Finger Licking Thanksgiving Desserts

Conclude your thanksgiving dinner with these mind-blowing desserts.

i. White Chocolate-Raspberry Tart

Your guests will love this refreshing raspberry tart. The secret to its richness in flavor is the clever use of ingredients. With a shortcake-like crust, the freeze-dried raspberries and crackers blend well with creamy white chocolate and yogurt topping.

ii. Matcha Chocolate Crackle Cookies

Matcha powder is gluten-free and packed with antioxidants. Like regular cookies, match chocolate cookies are delicious. Unlike regular cookies, they are nutritious. Bake a batch for your guests and witness the magic.

Be Thankful for Health this Thanksgiving

You have prepared a delicious and healthy meal for your family and friends. You have enough food for the day, and you can feast on the leftovers on the days to come.

Remember that eating healthy doesn’t mean having a flavorless meal. With the clever use of ingredients, you can transform any meal into culinary excellence.

Influence someone to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Happy Thanksgiving


In days of yore, possibly around the early 2000s, hotel fitness centers weren’t much of a step up from what you might have found in your parents basement. There might be a treadmill, and probably a stationary bike along with a set of dumbbells and maybe a bench. Sure, the hotel listed “Fitness Center” amongst its amenities, but it certainly felt like an afterthought.

The Evolution of the Fitness Room

As a new age of fitness has dawned, however, so has the rebirth of the hotel fitness center. These days, a full 53 percent of hotel guests get their workout in while they are on the road, with 52 percent of those respondents stating that they rely on the hotel fitness center to get their workout in. With such a high percentage of potential customers now taking an interest in the quality of their facilities, the hotel industry has responded.

What used to be a small room that had just enough equipment to qualify as a “gym” have been replaced by fully furnished workout rooms. In 2012, over 84 percent of hotels had a fitness center up 63 percent from 2004. As a new decade begins to dawn, some hotel chains are offering in-room fitness equipment and workout gear to guests. At the Park Hyatt in Tokyo, the entire 47th floor is a workout facility.

The Present and Future of Hotel Fitness Center

As top-end hotel chains shift their fitness focus, the rest of the industry won’t be far behind. When Hilton decided to ask their customers what they wanted in terms of workout options, they relied on a study that stated while 46 percent of hotel guests were drawn in by the availability of a fitness center, only 22 percent actually utilized it. This lead Hilton to change their focus away from modern fitness centers instead to in-room options, which they call Five Feet to Fitness. For the fitness-minded individual, Hilton offers rooms that include upscale stationary bikes, Gym Rax stations, and a fitness kiosk that puts 200 fitness classes and tutorials at the guests finger tips. All without having to leave their room.

As the burgeoning fitness industry just continues to grow upwards of $600 billion a year, expect the trend of fitness-focused hotels to continue.

Hotel chains that are serious about catering to their customers have not just looked at investing in high-end workout equipment, they’ve also put dietitians on staff and looked at the room service offerings for their more fitness-minded guests. Some of the big players in the fitness industry, like Soul Cycle and Equinox, are even eying their own plays in the accommodations industry. Soul Cycle has opened a 2,600 square-foot facility in 1 Hotel South Beach. Equinox is set to make an even bigger play, debuting their own luxury hotel chain that will, of course, feature a state-of-the-art workout facility as the centerpiece.

For road warriors that seek out the path less traveled, the days of the afterthought hotel fitness facility has become a thing of the past.

For more information about hotel fitness centers in California and Nevada, contact Opti-fit fitness professionals at 888-601-4350.

In days of yore, all you needed to amp up your fitness was a wooly mammoth to run away from. Exercise was a part of daily life for hunters and gatherers, so hominids didn’t need kettlebells to carve out their abs. Nor did the Ancient Greeks—they acquired their biceps in the military centuries before the first book about physical pursuits was written by Cristobel Mendez. The fitness industry as we know it today began when a muscle-bound guru named Macfadden invented the first wall-mounted “muscle developers.” In the disco era, jogging and jazzercise were trends du jour.  If the burgeoning gym sector could make exercise fun, surely the entire world would join the dance party. Exercise trends are wont to pass, so as the Nineties dawned in all their pleather splendor, fitness centers were revolutionized yet again.

Training in the Eighties

Stair masters, elliptical cross trainers, and exercise bikes targeted muscle groups with razor-like precision. In those days, aerobic fitness and strength training were divided by a giant fitness center wall, and ne’er the two could meet. The approach was as inefficient as it was time-consuming, and gym brands only muddied the waters by designing increasingly complicated machines. If an exercise machine could play movies, count burned calories, and butter your morning toast, the industry sold it.

With time comes education. The more scientific understanding the fitness industry has gained, the better it’s become at toning wobbly bodies. Before 2010 dawned, centers focused on five areas:

These approaches were supposed to be a shortcut to larger muscles, but as the years progressed, scientists discovered that short, intense bouts of movement could target both long and short-term endurance. Fitness fiends could cut their workouts in half without suffering any negative effects. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) revolutionized the modern-day fitness center. Even Olympic athletes were doing it. Studies show that high intensity bursts increased power output by almost 10% while improving movement efficiency.

As HIIT entered public consciousness, the industry sought out inventive ways to pack power into their workouts. Wearable technology was an obvious solution. Tabata training followed closely behind, so pylo boxes became a requisite inclusion in every athletic training center.  Pylo power caught on fast, giving trainers the variety they needed to tone their bodies holistically. Add body weights, box jumps, and split squats, and you’re well on your way to fitness freedom. Pylometric boxes turn the body into a weight, allowing trainers to combine aerobic and strength training in a higher intensity workout. The higher the equipment, the harsher the training. The simplicity of it is elegant, but you can’t achieve stability with a pylo box alone.

The Emergence of the Athletic Training

Unlike Jazzercise, HIIT couldn’t be limited to one room at the back of the gym. It required too much space and had too many enthusiasts for that, so the fitness center of yesteryear transformed into an athletic training center replete with high-tech flooring and every pylo box design you could dream up. The sheer intensity of HIIT demanded a new approach to turf. Non-slip surfaces aren’t enough because the design of the surface determines the kind of strength and endurance achieved. Pylometric training on a firm surface reduces muscle soreness and even damage, but accidents must be reduced as well. Today’s centers must improve explosive power via the most effective surface, and a gym mat simply won’t do anymore. Opti-Fit approaches HIIT as an artform, carrying fitness into a distant future years ahead of its time.

For more information on designing todays fitness centers, contact one of Opti-Fit’s fitness professionals.

The smoother a multi-family fitness center runs the more value it offers. How do you get to that level, though? Programming your fitness center is about getting the most value out of it. Here are some suggestions.

Hire a Management Company

The organization is an absolute in the fitness industry but not that an easy thing to accomplish. A multi-family fitness center management company can help a several areas.  They can provide social programming, group exercise class, staffing and operational hours, pool operation and more.  These additional services will enhance the residence expierence and increease retention. The management company also understands the local regulations and how to follow them.

Personal Trainers

Why would someone consider joining a gym instead of using your fitness center? Two words: personal trainer. Once upon a time having a personal trainer was a luxury but today’s fitness consumer expects it.
Adding one or two personal trainers to a fitness center is just one more amenity that stands out. If they can save money and get the added benefit of a personal trainer, they will throw away the gym pass forever.
Consider partnering with personal trainers. They provide their clientele and use your space for the workout. They generate revenue for the business without adding to your labor costs.

Take it Online

Online apps like More Active , My Fitness Pal, Fitbit and more, provide fitness centers with everything they need for success in one place. Set residents, frequent travelers and center members up with a personal online fitness plan. They can access nutrition plans and workout guides, too.

Apps will offer business tools, as well, like website design and a full array of marketing tools. Set up an email campaign and center newsletter. Create class schedules and event notifications. Build plans for training and fitness that target your audience. Access a content management tool that will have you blogging in no time. While you are at it, create a new logo fo the center that makes the brand stand out and use it on all your marketing material.

Take a multifaceted approach to programming your fitness center try all three. Individually or in combination, they will give you what you need to build, run and grow your facility efficiently and effectively.

For more information concerning multi-family fitness centers contact your Opti-Fit professional near you.