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The Ultimate Guide to Equipping Your Business with an Employee Gym

The Ultimate Guide to Equipping Your Business with an Employee Gym

You’ve been taking steps towards implementing an in-house gym for your employees to promote holistic employee well-being. One of the daunting next steps is equipment selection. This is typically dependent on the size of the designated space, the allotted budget and the estimated number of employees that will use the gym simultaneously. Given these potential sources of limitations, the first pieces of equipment chosen are typically the ones that are most versatile.


  1. Free Weights: The Versatile Essential

Dumbbells and barbells are foundational for any gym due to their compactness and versatility. To elevate their utility, integrate an adjustable bench, allowing for a variety of exercises, from bench presses to inclined dumbbell curls.



  1. Smith Machine and Functional Trainer Combo: Best of Both Worlds

Wit the smith machine's controlled weightlifting mechanism and safety measures combined with the functional trainer's wide variety of cable resistance exercises, this duo caters to users of all experience levels while occupying a relatively small footprint. The choice of exercises available from the machine alone is near-limitless.



  1. Cardio Corner

While strength training is vital, cardiovascular health can't be ignored. Based on space and preference, a treadmill, favoring runners and walkers, or an elliptical, which offers a low-impact full-body workout, would be a great addition to any weightroom. The weightroom will require electrical outlets to accommodate these machines.



  1. Dual Series Machines: Efficient & Space-Saving

Consider machines like the lying leg curl/leg extension. Their dual-functionality ensures space optimization and a diversified exercise range. Other examples dual-series machines include the biceps/triceps combo, the lat pulldown/mid row combo and the multi press.



Once the basis is covered, if there’s still room within the budget and the designated gym space, only then would considering more specialized fitness equipment typically make sense.


Navigating Limitations in Gym Layout Planning

  • Space Constraints: The size and dimensions of your available space often limit the type and number of equipment you can accommodate. Precise measurements are crucial to ensure a suitable fit. Alpha Fitness offers customized 2D Plans in order to properly visualize equipment placement and to optimize workout flow.
  • User Capacity: The anticipated number of employees using the gym simultaneously can affect your equipment choices. It's vital to understand employee interest to plan for equipment that caters to varying levels of foot traffic without causing congestion.
  • Budgetary Restrictions: Financial limitations can influence the range and quality of equipment you select. While it's tempting to acquire numerous devices, it's essential to allocate funds wisely, emphasizing quality over sheer quantity. Commercial-grade equipment is made much more robustly, able to handle daily usage by your team and will likely last you years to come.



Building an in-house gym is more than a business perk—it's a commitment to employee wellness. Although it demands investment and planning, the ROI in employee health, satisfaction, and productivity is substantial. Prioritize equipment based on space, budget, and user preference, and witness the transformation in your work environment.


As a Reminder - Key Benefits of an In-House Gym:

  • Productivity Boost: Exercise enhances brain function.
  • Stress Reduction: Physical activity alleviates stress.
  • Team Cohesion: Gyms can foster team bonding.
  • Healthier Employees: Regular workouts reduce sick days.



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