Preventing Hazardous Environments

hazardous environments

A fitness center is the perfect amenity for businesses, residential complexes and more. However, there are many things you need to consider when first planning and executing a fitness space design. Between ADA-compliance and electrical/lighting considerations, a lot goes into the design of a fitness center. But one thing many would-be facility planners forget to consider is the use of space in the fitness center to eliminate trip hazards. Here are our tips to maximize the amount of space in each area of the building without creating a hazardous environment.

Planning a Free Weight Area

Free weight sections contain a lot of weighted equipment, barbells and bars from great names like Hammer Strength, Troy Barbell, Iron Grip, and much more. The last thing you want is to pose a liability to your members or damage your expensive weight equipment with a cramped space. Crowded areas are create a tripping hazard, especially when users set their weights down while taking a break from a set.

Tip: Set aside ample mirror space for your free weights section.
Why:  Members want to see themselves in the mirror to check their form and stay aware of their surroundings. Make sure your free weights section has enough space for at least three people to perform a full range of movements. This will also eliminate any potential trip hazards from weights left on the floor between sets.

[Tweet “Last thing you want is a tripping hazard liability risk from a cramped free weight area.”]

Tip: Use high-performance Ecore or Plae rubber flooring in free and pulley-weight equipment areas
Why: Both are excellent athletic flooring manufacturers that use advanced testing and manufacturing processes to reduce join strain. They also provide padding to reduce audible thuds from dropped weights.

Planning a Cardio Space

Your commercial cardio fitness equipment is going to be the most frequently used area of your fitness space. Spacing between equipment and having multiple options available are key in encouraging repeat users. Here are some tips to consider:

hazardous environments

Tip: Plan to have one treadmill and elliptical for every 100 potential users.
Why: You don’t want any members fighting for these highly coveted cardio pieces. When you have people standing around waiting to use equipment, it dampens the user experience.

Tip: If you want to integrate high-performance spin cycle or recumbent Life Fitness bikes, plan to have one for every two treadmills.
Why: There are usually fewer users for fitness bikes. Upright cardio exercise equipment are always the popular attractions. The only exception is an area dedicated to spin cycle classes, for obvious reasons. If you are dedicating a space for spin cycle classes, look into  brands like GX or Life Cycle for high-performance fitness bikes.

Tip: Allot space surrounding all cardio equipment to a wheel chair’s width.
Why: This is a requirement set by ADA law to accommodate users with disabilities. There are many modified exercise equipment models out there for disabled members seeking to strengthen core muscles of their legs, arms, abdominals, and back.

Tip: Consider options to hide or eliminate power cords and overextended power sockets.
Why: Some equipment can operate wirelessly, and others have seamless connection options. Talk to your commercial fitness equipment provider to learn about options to help reduce unsightly cords. Cords are a trip hazard. You also want to avoid overextending your electrical sockets to prevent a blown fuse or decreased equipment performance.

[Tweet “Cords are a trip hazard in fitness spaces. Learn about wireless options!”]

Planning an Outdoor Fitness Area

Outdoor fitness areas are a rising trend in resistance and long-distance training. For these kinds of spaces, you will want to go with a high-performance turf designed for fitness use. Wrinkles and uneven seams can cause trips and falls, making you liable for injuries. We recommend Ecore or Plae turf for outdoor fitness areas because they are engineered to support joints and designed to fit in designated spaces.

When you work with an Advanced Exercise representative, you get our fitness experts’ expertise in space design, ADA-approved layouts, equipment selection, service and maintenance training, and much more! Let us help you eliminate trip hazards in your fitness center. We have a wide variety of products to create ultimate user experiences for fitness areas. If you are looking for great prices on commercial fitness equipment in Arizona or Southern California, we have several representatives in these fast-growing states. Use our Rep Locator or give us a call today: 800.520.1112!