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Adding functional training capabilities to a facility gives your members the best of both worlds. When exercisers participate in circuit-based strength workouts, they get in cardiovascular and strength-based exercise at the same time. Circuit-based resistance training, where loads are lifted with minimal rest, may be an effective strategy for increasing oxygen consumption, pulmonary ventilation, strength and functional capacity while improving body composition. In addition, circuit training is a time-efficient exercise modality that can elicit demonstrable improvements in health and physical fitness.
In addition, functional training has been one of the most popular fitness trends of 2015 and is expected to continue gaining popularity in 2016.
Here are easy ways to add functional training capabilities to your facility to enhance your members' cardiovascular workouts and overall gym experience by using what you have or by investing in a few quality pieces.
Small Group Training on Cardio Equipment
There are a variety of ways to incorporate the cardio equipment you might already have on your floor into a group training-based class. Indoor group cycling is probably the first class that comes to mind when you think of cardio-based small group classes, but small group classes using other forms of cardio equipment such as treadmills and alternative motion trainers are quickly gaining popularity. Since these classes are led by personal trainers or certified instructors, they offer members personalized interaction with gym staff.
In addition to forging a sense of community by exercising with other members and personal trainers, exercisers can use small group training as a way to switch up routines and generate results. These two factors combined will help drive member satisfaction and retention.
Circuit training is a high-volume (repetitions), low-resistance (weight) workout with short rest intervals and is geared primarily at improving muscle tone and definition, while improving cardiovascular fitness. There are a variety of ways to easily incorporate circuit training into your facility using equipment you already own. For instance, work with personal trainers to design a pre-determined "loop" of weight lifting equipment and post signs at each station that let members follow the circuit on their own schedule. Better yet, offering personal trainer-led circuit-based classes is a way for members to interact with other members, learn new training modalities and get in a great workout with little or no investment to you.
If you're looking to make an investment in functional training, adding a functional training rig is a great way to refresh your facility's look and offer members a unique way to get in cardio training. Many functional training systems are wall and ceiling mounted, so they can be placed in space that you most likely are not using without taking up valuable gym floor space where traditional cardio equipment is housed. A functional training system's unique configuration also gives you the ability to use the space under the rig to conduct other activities, such as Zumba, yoga or indoor cycle classes, during gym times when circuit training classes are not being held on the functional training rig.
In addition, functional training rigs usually have add-ons and options, such as trampolines and TRX connections, which can enhance members' workouts and give personal trainers the perfect space to run circuit-based cardio and strength-training classes. Aside from the cardiovascular training options that functional training systems offer, they add an aesthetic edge to your space as well; storage options built into the rig allow trainers to keep areas clean and organized while not in use.
At the end of the day, there are many ways you can enhance members' cardiovascular training experience. If you're looking to use the equipment you have on hand, adding small group training classes or resistance-based training circuits might be the right fit for you.
If you want to make an investment, a functional training system can enhance your members' overall training experience, create unique touch points with gym staff and add to the overall feel of your space. Regardless of the option you choose to build on the cardiovascular training options offered at your facility, the one thing that really matters is that the option fits your business' and members' needs.
The Queenax functional training system, which recently became part of fitness solutions provider Precor, has a variety of configurations that can be adapted to fit any size space and accommodate any exercise activity.