Build your own gym – considerations and planning

How do you design a gym?

We have moved! This does not only mean a lot of stress and carrying stuff but also more space. Thus, we have decided to design a living showroom. In this showroom you will not only be able to see all of our products but you will be able to test them out there and then. Additionally, you can get a better picture of the overall space requirements. And another positive by-product: our in-house training sessions will reach a whole new level. In the developing playground we can go completely crazy and use our full product range at all times.

In our blog we will create the weekly new category ‘Build your own gym’ and let you know step by step what plans, implementations, advances, and problems come in to play in our quest for the perfect aerobis gym. Let’s go!

The aerobis gym - build your own gym

Build your own gym - measure first

„In the beginning was the word, and the word was…“ FUNCMOVE!

An idea that has been lingering in Elmar’s imaginative mind: a FuncMove Gym. A place of infinite possibilities. Equally as variable, multifunctional, and innovative as aerobis products themselves.

This is where it will happen. With a training area of about 80 sqm the future aerobis Gym is certainly not comparable to huge fitness temples that can stack row after row of machines next to each other. Nevertheless, we have the aim to guarantee a complete and versatile workout in every training session and are convinced that this is not a matter of space but of the equipment alone. Thus, the space needs to be utilized with maximum effectivity. In order to achieve that we have to think about the floor and what verso360 training frame installations make sense. We have started to take the measurements of the place right away.

Which floor is the right one?

A rubber flooring is the floor of choice with a stripe of artificial turf along the full length of the training area. Then there will be two or three verso360 Boxes (rigs).

There are big differences that you have to consider when choosing the floor. The prices range from XX €/sqm to XXXX €/sqm depending on requirements and quality. You should ask yourself the following questions: How crowded will the floor be? Is there heavy barbell training? Do you want to use sleds or similar equipment?

Build your own gym - Which floor is the right one?

We have chosen the following option:

Our protective mats are made of highly-durable rubber granulate with a thickness of 8 mm. Why did we choose this floor? The main reason was that it is easy to lay out. As you can see from the pictures our training area is rather longish. So laying out the protective mat in rolls is clearly the best option. Puzzle mats are better suited for smaller areas. In the end, it all comes down to the question of cost. If you only want to protect the dumbbell area a puzzle mat will do just fine. We, however, want to train over the full area with barbells, medicine balls, suspended pulley trainers, etc. Thus, we need a large-area flooring solution that is also easy on the athletes and their joints.

Additionally, we will lay out a strip of artificial turf for sprinting exercises and the weight sled.

The frames will consist of a wall installation with different Top-Elements and 3 free-standing boxes. They can be used for pull ups and as the mount for the aeroSlings and offer many more mounting options. For example, we will connect two T-Adjust XL to the T-Stands to mount the revvll PRO, the Blackthorn Elastic Trainer or the barbell mount T-Adjust Cup. Obviously, dip bars are a must. To add the extra fun factor we are considering using two Top-Elements XL as monkey bars. Thus, you could brachiate from one frame to another. However, we can only finalize the setup once the floor is fully installed. Until then you can tell us what you would like us to implement into our aerobis Gym. Just tell us in the comments.

Get functional,
Your Fabien

Author: Fabien Mpouma

Fabien is bachelor of arts sportscience (DSHS) and since his studies he is working in the sector of health- and rehabilitation sports. He was course instructor for several institutions in the field of rehabilitation and mental and physical disease. He has a lot of experience in prevention with adults, youths, and children. He worked as regional manager for Outdoor Gym and now as a Personal Trainer and Foodcoach. Since 2014 he is Manager for Training & Education and Head Coach for aerobis. In 2016 he opened his own facility for Personal- and Grouptraining in his hometown Siegburg. Stay in contact with Fabien by sending him an email

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