Hospitality Operators: What Size Should Your Fitness Room Be?

Hospitality Operators: What Size Should Your Fitness Room Be?
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If you are a hospitality operator looking to add a fitness amenity to your business, here’s one thing that you should keep in mind: The closer a fitness room is your guests, the more often that fitness room will get used. More gym room usage is linked to a higher RevPAR (revenue per room), so choosing your fitness room’s location is very important.

One of the first steps in creating a fitness room is figuring out just how big it should be, which depends on your gym’s potential usage. Not sure how to estimate how many guests may be using your gym at any given time? Just follow the steps below, and be on your way to finding a room size that will work best for your business.

  1. Start out with the total number of guests that your hotel can serve. How many of these guests are likely to be regular exercisers? Go with twenty percent of total guests if you are unsure of what number to begin with – this will be the number of regular gym users at your facility.
  2. The average gym user exercises three times a week. Multiply the number of regular gym users by three. This equates to the total number of workouts that will happen in your fitness room each week.
  3. Divide that number by seven, giving you an approximate number of gym users per day.
  4. Divide this number by six (exercisers normally work out between 6 am – 8 am, 11 am – 1 pm, and 5 pm – 7 pm, which totals to six hours). The number that you reach, when rounded up, equals how many exercisers your gym will probably receive per hour.

This end number stands for the number of machines and activities you’ll need in your fitness room so that all potential users during any given hour are accommodated.

On average, each activity needs about 5.5 square metres, so multiply the end number of hourly users by 5.5. This final number equals how many square metres your business’ fitness room should fill.

Download our fitness amenity guide below to see an example of the above equation worked out.

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