As Operations Manager for a small consulting firm, I have had the opportunity to manage several construction projects to accommodate our continued growth. Pacific Community Design started in a house with 5 employees and we have grown to 30+ employees in a 9,000+ SQ FT office. This last month I was given the green light to fill our last unfinished 15’x20′ room with an office gym.
This is a project we have been talking about for years and I couldn’t have been any more excited to turn it into a place where our employees could get stronger and healthier.
My biggest challenge was space. 300 SQ FT is not a lot of room for a gym, especially for a diverse population of fitness needs.
I started with Sketchup to figure out what equipment would fit and still leave room for a few people to use the space at the same time. Power Block dumbbells, resistance bands with plenty attachments, a TRX, and kettlebells were must-haves and aided in space efficiency.
I opted for a Concept 2 rower for the one piece of cardio equipment, choosing something that can be moved easily and stored upright against a wall to make more room if needed. We are also fortunate enough to be right next to a regional park trail that winds through forests, wetlands,
and parks. The Fanno Creek Trail is a great place for our employees to walk or run before and after a workout.
I selected a power rack from Titan Fitness. The specific model (T-3) I selected has westside -style pin adjustment, anchor points for resistance bands and, the build quality exceeds most other sub $400 products. This power rack provides our employees exercise versatility and safety. Instead of directly bolting the rack to the concrete floor I built a 8’x8′ platform and bolted the rack to it. This allows us to move the rack should we re-organize the space in the future. The platform itself is constructed of 4 – 1/2″ sheets of plywood and 2 – 3/4″ rubber stall mats. It is big enough to also do deadlifts outside of the power rack and not damage the floor. The rest of the floor is covered with 1/2″ rubber stall mats.
I found a fairly decent adjustable bench that has decline, flat, and several incline settings. Which also makes for a great space saver.
Although the power rack does have two pull up bars installing a taller dedicated pullup bar gave us a more convenient home for our TRX.
Organization and utilizing wall space is very important when dealing with any gym but especially small home, garage, or office gyms. Luckily we had a plywood wall where we can easily add hooks for equipment.
I’m sure there are a dozen different ways to build a 300 SQ FT gym but I am confident in stating, powerlifters, calisthenic enthusiasts, and everyone in between can get a great workout in this gym. Yes there will be some education needed to help employees understand how to fully utilize the space and equipment, but it turns out coaching is a passion of mine too.