Corporate Fitness Equipment Hire

 

The old adage 'healthy body, healthy mind' is never more true

than in today's busy and competitive workplace.

 

Research over the years has proven that exercise and gym breaks are hugely beneficial for employees during their working days. It can significantly improve their mood, energy levels and productivity in their workplace. Exercise can also help aid a more productive work force as it minimises stress which in result lowers the amount of sick absences taken. Recently employers are realising these benefits and are encouraging fitness and wellbeing programmes as part of their staff engagement strategy. There has been a large amount of cut backs on bonuses and promotions over the last few years so introducing programmes to help with employee’s fitness is a good way to express gratitude and ensure employees feel valued during these times. Providing staff with a company gym not only improves staff retention, it also encourages high calibre applicants to show interest in working for the company due to their valuable company perks and improved employer profile.

What is the best way to implement a fitness initiative in an organisation?

 

Most commonly organisations pay for employee gym membership at a local commercial facility if space is limited at their premises. However, an onsite gym for members of staff should always be considered first if the space is available as this can be up to 5 times cheaper than paying for employee’s to attend a local gym at commercial rates. An onsite gym is a fantastic way to promote a team orientated environment as it encourages social interaction and healthy competition between departments. An organisation can introduce a culture of exercise and training for charity events which instils a feel good factor amongst employees and encourages a sense of belonging with a heightened level of achievement individually and as a group. Although it is unrealistic to expect everyone within an organisation to participate in organised events, by the organisation promoting these events they are showing their commitment to building a healthy team.

Can Hire Fitness assist us with the design and installation and advise on how to manage a staff gym?

 

We have installed and designed hundreds of onsite office gyms all over the country, provided advice on the day to day management and we maintain and service facilities on a regular basis. How involved we are is entirely based on your requirements, we are happy to be as hand on or hands off as you would like us to be. We use both our years of experience and expertise within the industry and state-of-the-art design software to provide a comprehensive design service to ensure you receive the best staff facility possible within the space you have available. We have designed and installed office gyms for very large UK companies including BBC, Walkers Crisps, Lego, Sara Lee, Lucozade, Unilever and Innocent Smoothies.

 

 

How can an office gym be managed on a day to day basis?

 

Depending on the size of the organisation and the number of employees based there are a number of ways an office gym can be managed. In a large organisation there is usually a dedicated department which would look after the day to day running of the staff gym. Usually this falls within the duties of the Families Department and they would be in charge of cleaning the staff gym, reporting any technical issues to Hire Fitness and managing the staff memberships for the facility. You will require a qualified locally employed gym instructor/personal trainer to initially introduce staff to the equipment do an induction. They should promote a culture of healthy living by encouraging staff to join the facility and introduce staff training programmes and events. On average this person usually charges a rate of around £30-£50 per hour.

 

Another way organisations can manage the staff gym is where employees take it upon themselves to manage the facilities and form a management team to ensure the smooth day to day running. This is more appropriate within a smaller organisation with fewer employees however; a personal trainer will still be required.

 

 

How type of equipment and what quantity is needed for a staff gym?

 Hire Fitness Staff Gym

 

We advise you to carry out a needs analysis before embarking on an office gym. This will need to cover how much interest you have in a gym facility and also the age and mix of employees as this will give some indication of what type of equipment is required. Generally, organisations can expect about 15-25% of employees using the staff gym on a regular basis.

 

Once this information has been determined, we can then recommend a range of equipment for your office gym.


• Cardio: This type of equipment is the core of most gym settings. It includes treadmills, exercise bikes, elliptical cross trainers and rowing machines.
• Mats and Accessories: If you have sufficient space then a matted area is very useful as it allows staff to warm up and cool down and incorporates stretching and floor exercises to be added to their fitness programme. We have a range of fitness accessories which are great for maintaining motivation.
• Strength and Endurance: A bench and free weights is a great option for those looking to improve their strength and endurance.

 

What funding options are available?

 

We can provide a number of funding options to your organisation to finance the gym facility including a monthly hire option, a standard lease which is typically spread over 3-5 years purchase. We work alongside a range of finance partners who can help and assist you with these options.

Aside from the fitness equipment, what else would we need for a staff gym?

 
  • Controlled access to the gym such as swipe cards or keypad entryHire Fitness Gym Installations
  • Paper towels/bin
  • Television screens/audio system
  • Water dispenser and cups/bottles
  • First aid kit
  • Telephone for emergencies and reporting faults
  • Push button alarm for emergencies
  • CCTV if necessary
  • Posters (we can provide fitness/exercise posters)                    
  • Qualified personal trainers
  • Lockers for secure storage of personal items
  • Showers/changing rooms

Can Hire Fitness advise us on Health and Safety matters?

 

 

We have years of experience of dealing with health and safety issues in gym settings and can provide advice on all aspects of health and safety within a gym. There are strict guidelines for maintaining a safe environment which we can help you with including:

 

• The landlord of your building will need to be informed when a gym is being planned.
• Your insurance company must be informed.
• A secure entry system to the gym should be installed to ensure only screened members have access.
• A buddy system should be introduced to ensure nobody works out alone during certain times of the day.
• A risk analysis needs to be drawn up covering unsupervised gyms.
• Power cables must be properly concealed.
• The emergency contact aids should be easy to use and in an obvious place for gym users.
• First aids kids should be readily available.
• The fitness equipment should be regularly checked and serviced.

 

Can we expect an after sales support service?

 

We can provide a comprehensive after sales package which includes regular planned maintenance and regular servicing at a convenience for you.

 

What additional benefits can a company expect to achieve from installing a staff gym?

 

There are a variety of prestigious local and national awards for employers who promote a positive, trusting and engaging working atmosphere for their employees.  Awards from bodies such as these will offer great exposure within industry.

 

 

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