5 Changing Studio Design Trends

If you’ve been going to fitness studios (gyms, cycling studios, yoga spaces, etc.) for a while now, then you’ve probably noticed something: Todo, we’re not in Kansas anymore! Not only has equipment been updated, but so have the facilities. The spaces are vast, the experience outside of the workout is luxurious, and you may be thinking, “Hey – this place is nicer than my house! I think I’ll shower here every day!”

Well, you would be right to, because according to fitness design expert with 20 years in the biz, Barbara Chancey, times, they are a-changin’. Chancey is the founder and CEO of  Indoor Cycle Design (ICD). She has designed over 250 fitness studios on 6 continents, so the odds are pretty high that your favorite fitness spot was designed by her. Chancey’s mantra for creation is to “push boundaries of imagination to create extraordinary fitness spaces.” While Barbara has been knee-deep in the biz for over twenty years, within the past three she’s seen some major shifts.

Top design trends of 2018:

1 – Fitness Studios Are Taking Up More Space
Barbara personally has noticed a huge shift in the amount of physical space fitness studios currently demand, not only because more classes are being offered, but also because fitness studios aren’t just operating as solely a place to get your sweat on. With increases in add-ons such as smoothie bars and indoor cafes, these spaces are creating and cultivating communities. Plus, there are facts to back this up. According to Indoor Cycling Design, in 2014, studios averaged 2600 sq. ft. but soared to 4,000 sq. ft. in 2017.

2 – Elevated Bathrooms and Lockers
Have you ever taken a spin class at a pristine studio that has showers with rain-style water heads, organic high-quality hygiene products, alongside fluffy warm towels? Bathrooms and locker rooms have become indicators of how upscale, and clean a studio is – an extension of its identity.  Studios that are committed to providing their students with the highest quality experience from the moment they walk in the door to the minute they dash out is what sets them apart from the rest.

3 – Lifestyle Destinations
Generous social spaces at Pilates studios, HIIT gyms, and many others encourage students to linger around socialize which helps develop a sense of community after the class has ended. Barbara says that “many offer complimentary infused waters or kombucha on tap to create a home away from home experience.” From birthday parties to anniversary announcements and bachelorette get-downs, fitness studios are becoming the new place to celebrate.

4 – Studio Branded Athleisure
If you’ve recently noticed an increase in athleisure at your local fitness studio, you’re not alone. According to Indoor Cycling Design, there’s been a dramatic increase in retail sales with upscale athleisure clothing and branded fitness swag. People want to wear studio-branded gear, giving them a sense that they are a part of a bigger community.

5 – Digital Detoxes Are Highly Encouraged
While most of us are #addicted to our digital devices whether we’d like to admit it or not, working out is a time that we should all strive to set aside to be one-hundred percent device-free. Many studios are taking action into their own hands by intentionally designing studios so that students can store and charge phones outside of class. Barbara notes that open storage cubbies have been replaced with keyless lockers equipped with USB charging stations to provide a much needed digital detox.

If you own and run a fitness studio and you’re not already following this trend, it might be time to get on board. And we know just the right person to help get you started.

For more information on Barbara Chancey, visit https://www.indoorcycledesign.com/