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What Kind of Exercise Equipment Do Today’s Sports Complex Members Expect?


Find out what consumers want and expect from sports complex equipment.

The most elaborate sports complexes comprise a number of facilities: track-and-field stadiums, baseball and football stadiums, swimming pools, and gymnasiums. These are now being referred to as megacilities. Others will consist of only a comprehensive fitness center and gymnasium.
If having a state-of-the-art sports complex facility is your goal, you will want to be up to date on what members expect these days from their training equipment and environment.

Sports Complex Members’ Expectations

Today’s consumers are looking for more than just basic workout equipment. As with other aspects of life, many people are looking for eco-friendly, small-footprint businesses to satisfy their needs. Floors made from bamboo, recycled rubber mats, solar installation and energy-efficient equipment are examples of new trends in sustainability.
New research has shown the value of exercising outdoors. Health benefits include increased energy, elevated moods, better sleep, and decreased anxiety. Having an outside exercise environment can be a very attractive feature when people are selecting a gym.
Consumers are also looking for choices beyond individual workouts such as intramural and club sports for interaction with others. Be sure to include them in your sports complex plan.

Sports Complex Equipment:

Strength Training

You will want to have machines designed to address all muscle areas. These include leg press, leg extension, chest press, lat pull downs, bicep curls, tricep extensions, hip abductor, hip adductor, and seated row machines.


Current standard equipment for cardiovascular workouts include ellipticals, treadmills, upright bicycles, recumbent bikes, and stair steppers.

Additional Features

In addition, you will need an exercise area with full-length mirrors so that people can check their technique. Wood-suspended floors are necessary for comfort. Plan to have mats, stretch bands, steppers, kettlebells, multi-use benches, and a variety of hand weights available.
Don’t forget to provide access to training on the proper use of the machines for effectiveness and safety. This is known in the industry as machine orientation.
Finally, your clients will expect to have access to personal trainers to help with goal setting and technique.

Sports Facilities Advisory and Your Sports Complex Needs

Sports Facilities Advisory is the world’s leading resource for new and existing sports complexes and recreation centers. We can help you plan and implement your sports complex dream. Call us today at (727) 474-3845, or visit our website to get started on making your sports facility a success.

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