The aeroSling ELITE Plus receives an absolute purchase recommendation from me. This recommendation is without restrictions. The recommendation also applies explicitly to all age and weight groups!
Every fitness enthusiast and every coach is dreaming of it: a gym with optimal conditions. And many even go on the hunt for the ‘holy grail’ of training. How about you? Have you found your perfect gym? Or have you even equipped it yourself with everything you ever wanted? This Tutorial Thursday is centered around the question whether there can actually be the perfect gym and gives you 5 keys for an awesome functional training gym! If you take a look at the fitness market you can’t help but notice the increasing presence of functional training into already established gyms and boxes of several fitness chains. In many gyms, machines are being sacrificed to make room for soc-alled freestlye, cross, or functional zones or areas. In those areas, the clients are supposed to train three dimensionally and work on an athletic body with small tools like med balls, sandbags, and sling trainers. You can also often find this as a gym-in-a-gym solution and the leading German fitness discounter has recently opened specialized local affiliates only for barbell or functional training. So the trend is already here for a while now. But are these chains only freeloading and trying to get their share of the growing functional fitness market? Or can they really deliver optimal conditions for an honest, real, and functional training? First of all, we have to establish what optimal conditions really are. Functional training describes a broad field of possibilities. What is functional for one could make no sense for another.
Point 1: you need free space!In the end, this leads to the fact that the perfect location has to offer as many options as possible. But this doesn’t mean that every inch of the training area should be occupied by loads of training equipment, training frames, and shelves. Quite to the contrary: space should remain space. For a holistic training on all levels and dimensions you need one thing the most, namely space. And if you want to accommodate different athletes from different sports with different training plans, exercises, and goals you should keep the training area as virginal and shapeable as possible. Here, you can use battle ropes, med balls, barbells, and even a sled. Don’t stuff your gym with big machines that train only one movement but let it be like clay in the hands of a child (that knows a little bit about functional training).
Point 2: you need a pull-up bar!Furthermore, you should definitely own a pull-up bar or a similar piece of equipment. For one, this should give you one place to hang your sling trainer, gym rings, or climbing rope. And then, of course, you can train pull-ups and pull-up variations. There is no functional training without pull-ups. There are pull-up bars that can be mounted to the wall or to the ceiling. Special rigs, racks, and frames are mostly bolted to the floor (or additionally to the wall). The advantage that these steel frames have is that they are also a barbell rack and can be expanded by dip bars and other tools.
Point 3: choose the right flooring!If you want to offer the aforementioned barbell training or use free weights in general your gym should have a special gym flooring. This can be made of rubber or other synthetic materials and consist of puzzle pieces, rolls or other interlockable pieces. Look for an easy to clean, grippy, and durable. You don’t want to have to change the flooring, it is supposed to last. The main criteria for choosing the right flooring should be the training. In a gym that has hundreds of people coming and train every day a hard, abrasion-proof flooring is your best choice. If you place great value on weightlifting and the barbells get dropped from time to time, the flooring should be a bit softer and thicker.
Point 4: use small equipment in open spaces!Looking at the training itself, it can be designed in different ways. Your own bodyweight complemented by small equipment form the base for a functional training gym. To have as many options as possible you should consider buying:
- sling trainers
- med balls
- battle ropes
- power bands/minibands
- Bosu balls
- plyo boxes
- prowler/weighted sleds
- Blackrolls/fascia tools
- coordination ladders
- a bench
- add more if you want something that the above tools can’t give you…
Point 5: have enough storage space!Your equipment should always be well-stored. Nothing is more annoying than stuff lying around in the training area. This is also a big security issue. When I do a 1 rep max back squat set I don’t want kettlebells lying around me. Especially bigger gyms suffer from this ‘never ending story’ of clients being strong enough to lift but too weak to put the weights back. A mostly open freestyle training area certainly has enormous potential to get messy. You can only prevent that with sufficient storage space and conscientious trainers.
A question of goalsYou might have realized that the perfect gym could look very differently depending on your goals. People that want to go the CrossFit path could be satisfied with a rack, a barbell, and only a small selection of other tools. Personal trainer, on the other hand, that come from a health sports background and want to train their clients holistically might need a broader range of equipment. The most important aspect for a functional training gym, however, is space. A functional training gym definitely needs open spaces and I would recommend rather going without some tools than giving up space. We have build many professional gyms and can help you to create your perfect training space. Get all the details and your custom quote here. Remember, get funtional! Your Fabien
aerobis accompanied BASE TRAINING during their opening of their functional training gym in the Hessian metropolisAs a partner of AMIGA womens fitness in Frankfurt we have already equipped their clubs with our aeroSling sling trainers two years ago. AMIGA has long been integrating functional training as a significant part of their master plan. At the end of 2014 AMIGA started a new project. BASE TRAINING was developed as a compact gym that focusses solely on functional training. aerobis has been involved from the start and helped develop a concept for the space planning. The goal was to design a highly-variable training zone that is suitable for group training as well as individual training. The gym should offer a big open space for athletic training or boxing training while at the same time including a big range of equipment for many constantly new and diversified training impulses. The requirement was to integrate a frame that is as diversified as possible while taking up as little space as possible. The frame should offer all the fundamental exercises like squats and pull-ups and work as the platform for various extensions with resistance bands, sling trainers, the new revvll PRO rope trainer, and other functional equipment. Additionally, BASE TRAINING wanted to include monkey bars that offered climbing and brachiating exercises.
Individual ceiling hand-over-hand ladder by verso360 – BASE Training in Frankfurt
The result is a unique playground for adultsIn the end, there was a free, multifunctional training ground that offers everything that aerobis stands for: a mix of innovative fitness equipment, like the aeroSling sling trainer that offers rotational and alternating movement patterns thanks to the unique pulley, the revvll PRO rope trainer for intense pulling and pushing exercises, and classics for free training like the ATX Soft Ball med balls or the alphaband Elastic Bands.
Here are some impressions:
What BASE TRAINING says about the cooperation with aerobis“aerobis products set new standards in functional training. Since we have already integrated the aeroSling ELITE in three of our AMIGA Clubs successfully two years ago, it was clear to us that we wanted to rely on and actively use the qualities of aerobis for BASE TRAINING – our brand-new functional training club. The reasons are obvious: aerobis offer high-quality flexible solutions for floor, wall, and ceiling. Variable products at fair prices, the whole product range from one source, and an outstanding service are what makes this cooperation so interesting and successful. BASE TRAINING thrives on the quality and competence of our coaches who are 100% convinced of aerobis, make the training for our customers fun with the help of aerobis products, inspire them, and infect them with the ‘functional fever’! BASE TRAINING joined the Functional Movement!“
A few weeks ago we delivered the new verso360 Frame to Dr. Till Sukopp´s Primal Fitness Box. Primal Fitness Box stands for Functional Training with simple but effective devices as well as your own bodyweight. Till describes it as “Primal and fundamental fitness training”.
From delivery to training in only 6 steps1. Here you can see the verso360 Frame in it´s compact packaging placed on a common standard EURO palette. Easy and safe to ship – makes our customers smile. All verso360 Frames are shipped worldwide and are Made In Germany.
2. During build-up of the verso360 Frame you always build the so called bridge, consisting of a number of top elements, first. In the back you can see 2 of the 4 legs of the frame that are also assembled before putting the frame together.
3. The pre-assembled legs are the put into one side of the verso360 Frame and get connected to the bridge. Guide bushed on all legs make this a very simple and fast process.
4. After one side it safely connected it´s lifting time … aaaaaand uuuup on the other side. Even the installtion of the verso360 Frame has a sportive element to it…
5. Here you can see the same process as on the other side – doesn´t get much easier than this. Again the guide bushes on each leg make it easy to assemble the frame. This side is also safely connected to the frame.6. The finished verso360 Frame with 3 Top-Elements. Each verso360 Frame can be further stabilized by putting standard weight plates on each of the legs – this is useful for bigger group courses. Another happy customer.
Till nicely shows here that the outer pull-up bars are always accessible even when aeroSlings are suspended from the frame. Have a lot of fun with the verso360 Frame, Till! We can help you equip your own gym, box or personal training studio. Find more information about that here.
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