Hi there, just wanted to get some opinions on an idea that I had. I have been offered access to a private gym and I just wondered, if other people would like to rent it out on an hourly basis? I realise I would have to have the relevant insurances in place (I already have fitness training). You would have total privacy, use of all the equipment, your own choice of tv/music and someone on hand to help with training if you wanted. So what I would like to know is how likely would you be to use it? and how much would you be prepared to pay to use it? Thanks in advance. x
It depends on the equipment available, access times and cost. Will your clients have access to a shower on the premises?
I currently use a David Lloyd and pay over £100 per month, which is a bit steep, tbh. However, there is loads of free parking, equipment, classes and facilities and I’ve never queued for a machine or piece of equipment. Plus, the showers are nice.
Yes there is a private shower room and ample parking. It has been built for a private client who is out of the country a lot so is available most of the time. The equipment is similar to what you would find in a commercial gym expect there is only one piece of each equipment.
How would you manage memberships/bookings? Presumably people would have to book slots to use the gym? How many memberships would you need to make this a viable option that also works for your client base?
To be honest, thinking about it, i’d probably be more likely to use this sort of set up as a targeted course of PT sessions rather than a regular gym.
Mostly because I like flexibility in my gym schedule. E.g. I was planning to go last night but something came up and I’m going tonight instead. If I had to book ahead and there were other people on the list who were competing for one single set of equipment (and probably the prime slots), it’s likely I wouldn’t be able to get access at short notice. Whereas I can just walk into my commercial gym a day later.
I'm not sure if I would charge membership or not yet, but yes, they would need to book slots. It could also be used for PT sessions but I thought it might also be an option for people who don't like to go to a normal gym because they may be self conscious or shy as this often prevents people from going even though they'd like to.