Post Covid-19, alternatives to get over our slumps and start working out again are on just about everyone’s mind. The lockdowns have been especially rough for us fitness minded folks.
Thankfully, you can easily set up a gym right in your garage or basement with a minimal budget or you can join a growing number of micro-gyms springing up in many neighborhoods.
Micro-gyms allow individuals to create a community of like-minded individuals so they can keep aiming for the healthiest version of themselves.
The best part is, you do not have to invest too much in fitness equipment and can buy equipment as your needs and budgets allow.
With the safety measures being set up all across the globe, our traditional highly equipped gyms may not ever go back to the way they were.
These changing times are shifting our need to adapt, which means there may no longer be a need for training facilities with excessive floor space and an overflow of machines.
A challenge to the ‘big gym’ model
Even for the high-end training, you do not require machinery for each body part, and that brings down the number of equipment and the sizing of your gym area.
Fitness experts and enthusiasts alike are looking towards training the body as an integrated unit using functional training instead of working out separate parts.
Focusing on moving bodies, not machines
The variety in fitness regimes that arrives with functional training and high-intensity exercises, using resistance bands and barbells, for instance, is rapidly overpowering the psyche of performing a definite number of sets on a machine. Today, it is all about learning a unique skill or performing a task up until excellence.
The adoption of the micro-gym tradition
Understand that micro-gyms focus on functional and strength training, unlike bodybuilding gyms. We are looking at well-planned high-intensity exercises, CrossFit, resistance training to build strength and endurance, and more.
The equipment that helps with these kinds of workouts and demands minimal space include Wall balls, kettlebell, Plyo boxes, pull up bars, Air bikes, etc.
Micro-gym design and space optimization
In functional training, your body is the primary workout accessory even for progressive overload. We all get bored of running laps on the same machines every day right? Micro-gyms bring a refreshing change to that by making the machines secondary. The limited floor space will help you develop more multi-variety creative exercises that lead to a more holistic workout experience.
Why are Micro-gyms predicted to be the health clubs of the future?
Since remote work is the new normal and sanitization, hygiene and cleanliness are perpetual obligations, micro-gyms are here to pave their way into more basements and garages. The reasons being:
- Their excellence at building audience interaction – Micro-gyms rely on social media as a platform for their customers to interact and improve upon their experience. That allows them to check-in on their members and build a mutually beneficial relationship.
- Their additional relevance to the consumer currently – Home gyms carry a sense of familiarity and flexibility to evolve. People today are looking for something like this because their smartphones are introducing them to a new idea every day. People look for these changes to happen in their fitness routines too.
- They cultivate a community and sense of belonging amongst members – Joining or designing a micro-gym is like being a part of a club that has a specific personality and following. The nature of these home gyms caters to an extended social interaction than a one-hour workout session together.
- Low risk and stress – The cost of setting up and maintaining a micro-gym are relatively small, resulting in a lower risk investment. There is no competition, no landlord to please, and no advertisement costs. You can form a group of interested people and begin bodyweight sessions that do not require fitness equipment.
- High-profit – Your profit margins are going to keep running high since you do not have to invest and maintain heavy machinery or air-conditioned spaces.
- Cleanliness – This is where the small space and lesser number of people visiting play a crucial role. The lesser the visitation, the lower the risk of slacking on hygiene and sanitation, and the more the safety.
- Grow as required – With home-gyms, you always can grow as you like without worrying about profits and expenses. For instance, you can alter the number of hours you function, modify the space or equipment, take more members, go online for personal sessions, and more.
- Fulfilment – Lastly, the feeling of running your own business and creating a worthwhile community will satisfy your entrepreneurial spirit, and you will be doing what you love.
Think of micro-gyms as your acceptance to the consistently evolving needs of your fitness community, and it might just turn into a legible business opportunity in the form of a new age country club experience.
Could micro-gyms be the “new normal” in fitness moving forward? This may just turn out to be the case. But whether or not micro-gyms are the next big thing in fitness, remains to be seen.
In time, we’ll see just how things pan out in this post Covid-19 world.
Have you used a micro-gym yet in your local neighborhood? What do you think about the whole idea of micro-gyms? Let me know in the comments below…
About the Author: Sancket Kamdar
Sancket Kamdar, a certified weightlifting coach, and a successful entrepreneur founded SF HealthTech with a single goal in mind – to bring high quality, international standard exercise equipment to help fitness enthusiasts and athletes reach the next level of fitness. When he’s not working on new equipment ideas and designs, he loves to create educational content about health, fitness, nutrition, and wellness. He also writes to help budding entrepreneurs on running and growing a business, based on his experience.