Functional training has been one of the most influential fitness trends in the past decade and with this, the industry has adapted to focusing on producing equipment to fit the needs of the market. Rigs have now become the cornerstone of functional training, not only for performance facilities but studios and commercial settings alike. Offered with bespoke designs, custom branding, colours and configurations, it is easy to get carried away with creating a rig that looks the part but lacks practicality.
The beauty of any rig is its versatility which allows facilities to create highly adaptive spaces and grow alongside your business. When considering a rig for your facility, it can be overwhelming and we get that. This article highlights 4 key considerations we recommend to our clients to ensure we can design the most appropriate configuration because this certainly isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ scenario.
1. FREESTANDING OR WALL MOUNTED?
The first consideration we present to our clients is choosing between a freestanding or wall mounted rig. Both have their own selling points, but it will come down to the space available, the class format, and how you want the facility to flow. Your physical space and building engineering will also play a part in the decision-making process. Freestanding configurations are a great focal point of the gym, whilst offering double the number of work stations than a wall mounted rig, meaning simultaneous work can happen. They are also great if wall mounting is not an option within your building. Unlike freestanding rigs, wall mounted assemblies have specific building requirements, which will help determine if this is a viable option. Please ensure your rig can be bolted to a solid, stable wall before placing an order. These rigs offer great space efficiency, keeping the floor space clear to allow you to add versatility to your programming.
2. HOW DO YOU PROGRAM?
The type of programming you execute in your gym will also play a major factor in the rig you choose. Will be it a small group or personal training setting? If it is a small group training setting, will members perform the same movements at the same time? If so, this will require duplication of stations, making a freestanding rig more appealing. If the class is programmed in a circuit format where members rotate to different stations, the rig of choice will not be as much of an important factor. The coach’s ability and coaching style will be important as you want to ensure the coach has clear visibility of every participant in the class.
3. IS STORAGE A PRIORITY?
The third consideration is storage and whether or not you want to integrate shelving into the structure of your configuration. We are huge believers that clutter can kill performance within the gym and that smart storage is vital. Integrating storage into the rig allows equipment such as kettlebells, balls and bumpers to be easily accessed at an arm’s reach for both client and coach, helping you train more efficiently.
4. WHAT SPACE IS AVAILABLE?
The fourth consideration will be determined by the exercises your members will be performing. If ring muscle ups and rope climbs are exercises often programmed, ensuring you have enough height clearance is paramount as these exercises will require taller uprights. There have been a number of incidents where clients have asked for shortened rigs, and then realise that if they perform a pull-up or muscle up, their head will be scraping the ceiling. We recommend 4m clearance above the rig to perform these moves safely. This will also be the same if you wish to include wall ball targets on your rig, as these require a higher upright. If battle ropes are a popular conditioning exercise, please ensure you have enough room around the rig for this exercise to be performed with the ropes at full length without anyone getting hurt.