There is no denying that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been felt in all areas of life. The pandemic has drastically affected how people approach fitness as concerns over the spread of COVID-19 caused many gyms and fitness centers to close at the beginning of the pandemic. Even as these facilities open, there are less people coming back and those who are returning have new concerns that they did not have before the pandemic.
In the post-COVID pandemic world, people want to know that the fitness facilities they go to are safe and following certain protocols to protect them from COVID-19. This means emphasizing social distancing, cleaning the facilities, and ensuring good air quality. In order for gyms and facilities to get more people back, they must adhere to these protocols to create a safe environment.
In addition to pandemic related concerns, new trends in recreation and training are influencing people’s approach to working out. People want a more holistic approach to wellness that covers mind, body, and soul and functional fitness like HIIT and F45 training have become more popular. Gyms and fitness facilities will have to adjust to these trends as well.
Many gyms and workout facilities took a hit from the pandemic, but it is possible to bring people back. Changes in the design and layout of gyms and facilities can accommodate pandemic related concerns and make them more friendly to changing trends in fitness and recreation such as functional fitness and the emphasis on wellness. In this blog, we will discuss these changing trends in fitness as well as how facilities can accommodate these changes and prepare for the future. At MONDO, we provide a range of rubber sports flooring for all fitness activities that is anti-microbial and performs at a high level.
The COVID-19 pandemic initially shut down everything from local gyms to professional sports. The proximity of people to each other within gyms and fitness centers along with the sharing of the equipment became major concerns when it comes to safety within a facility. Now that gyms and facilities are open again, they must recognize and address the following concerns related to the pandemic:
Trends in Recreation
In the past, training and exercise was seen as a physical activity for the body. People are now taking a more holistic approach to the idea of wellness that includes body, mind, and soul. Facilities and recreational centers can cater to this by having wellness programs available, more spaces for leisure activities such as a game room, and outdoor areas and activities.
One way facilities can adapt is to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces and have spaces meant to be social spaces. Consider using equipment that can be moved in and out of spaces so that they can be used for a more diverse array of activities. Incorporating non-traditional programs like E-sports will not only contribute to the idea of holistic wellness, but also attract people who may be hesitant to join a more traditional gym or fitness center.
Functional fitness is an emerging trend in recreational exercise. As the name suggests, functional fitness includes exercises that focus on functional strength and movements used in everyday life such as walking, bending, pulling, lunging, pushing, and squatting.
Functional fitness differs from previous fitness trends in that it focuses on working out the muscles of the body together which is how our bodies naturally function. Our bodies were not built to add on mass by isolating specific muscle groups. Engaging in functional fitness workouts and improving functional strength will make everyday activities such as running, walking, jumping, lifting, pulling, pushing, bending, turning, climbing, and lunging much easier.
Functional fitness began rising in popularity when trainers started leaving traditional “globo” gyms to develop training programs that focused more on functional movement. These trainers created exercise programs that incorporate body weight and suspension exercises that could be done with inexpensive weight training and cardio equipment. The decline in the demand for large “globo” gyms also helped the rise of functional fitness trends as fewer people are interested in working out in these traditional gyms.
The following are the main benefits of functional fitness training:
There are several functional fitness training programs that have become popular, including the following:
Trends in Facility Design
Pandemic concerns and new fitness trends including a focus on wellness, increase in outdoor activities, and the rise in popularity of functional fitness have many in the industry rethinking the way we design facilities. People do not want to go to a traditional large gym like they used to and instead prefer more personal, multi-functional facilities that accommodate wellness programs and socializing as well as workouts.
Designing fitness facilities to accommodate these new trends and desires among those seeking a gym will help bring people back to facilities after spending much of the pandemic working out at home. The following must be considered when remodeling a facility or designing a new facility:
Athletic Flooring from MONDO
New trends in recreation and fitness along with concerns from the pandemic should guide the design of new facilities and have current facilities rethinking their space. Facilities need to accommodate the needs of the mind, body, and soul of those who go there for training and must ensure that people feel safe while we are still in a pandemic.
At MONDO, we can help facilities get ready for the future with our range of athletic flooring products. We offer innovative rubber sports flooring developed with the latest technologies that can accommodate a wide range of activities from indoor track and basketball to strength training and fitness. Our flooring products provide superior performance, and they are anti-microbial which means they are safe for use during the pandemic.
Contact our professionals at MONDO to learn more about how we can help prepare your facility for the future.