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How to Get the Most Out Of Your Small Fitness Facility

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Your fitness facility was built as an afterthought. It’s small, filled with random equipment and is not user friendly. You want to expand, but more space is not an option. What do you do?

Take Stock

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Take the temperature of your population before making any major changes to your fitness facility.

Before planning begins, it’s always a good idea to survey your population. You may have one or two regulars who are completely fine with the space and might be upset at changes, but your goal is to make the space accessible and desirable to all of your employees.

Once you’ve analyzed survey results and determined your needs, take an inventory of the equipment and decide what needs to go, what can be refurbished and what new equipment should be purchased. Old, but working equipment can be sold with the profits going towards enhancing the space. This is also a good time to look at things like flooring, lighting, paint and mirrors. Even a simple paint job and new flooring can do wonders in attracting new members.

Bang for Your Buck


If you’ve determined purchasing new equipment is in order, make sure you’re purchasing commercial-grade equipment from a trusted vendor. Since space is an issue, consider multi-use equipment like a Kinesis One from Technogym or the SYNRGY line from LifeFitness. These pieces of equipment allow for several different types of exercises to be performed on the same machine, thus taking up a smaller footprint than traditional equipment that only works one body part at a time. It also allows for multiple people to safely use the equipment at the same time.

Less is More

Today’s fitness trends are much more bodyweight focused and ground-based than ever before – good news for smaller facilities. Getting rid of equipment, especially clunky, selectorized weight machines, is seen as a positive as it opens up space for members to do their own workouts. In addition to the equipment mentioned above, consider tools like kettlebells, medicine balls, resistance bands and mats.

Next Steps

Renovating your small fitness facility to better suit your population is a great way to enhance your employee experience. From navigating equipment spacing requirements to sourcing the right equipment, finishes and supplies, Vivecorp can take care of the entire process. For a complete list of our fitness capabilities, click here. Contact us to learn more about how Vivecorp can help your company.


Dani Browne


What do you get when you mix event planning (10 years as a convention manager), a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska and 12 years of fitness industry experience? A passionate health and fitness expert who’s finally found her calling in corporate wellness. As Vivecorp Project Manager and Industrial Athlete Training (IATP) Coordinator, my job is to develop impactful wellness strategies and help clients understand how to get the most out of them. The best part of my job? I get to work with - and positively impact - a diverse group of humans every day. My wellness philosophy is simple. Eat Well. Move Well. Repeat Often. I love college football (GO. BIG. RED!) and I'm currently teaching myself to do a back walkover.