In the next few days I'll be converting a large unused room at my church into a gym for use by myself, our preacher and staff, and the 2 or 3 members who would avail themselves of the opportunity.
The equipment that has been donated is, for cardio a recumbent exercise bike and two gym grade ellipticals, and for strength a very nice BowFlex Blaze, a pull up bar, and frankly whatever else we can cobble together. Should get us a nice start, for a small country church. Remember, we're not setting up a Nautilus franchise!
But, my question is about decorating it, arranging the equipment, etc. Any ideas?
The room is just a large rectangle with some very narrow slit windows, and my instincts are to line the equipment up against the walls, but that isn't always the best approach. Separating out cardio and strength makes sense, but beyond that...
And, are there any colors that are particularly welcome or unwelcome for a gym? My instinct says to paint the walls black/navy, with hand painted murals in inset panels, probably sunrise cloudscapes. Seems like that would be both attractive and somewhat inspirational/"churchy" in theme.
I would welcome suggestions. My intent is to have the basics installed by Christmas...installed, and the room fully decorated.
And, I also welcome any suggestions for other equipment that I might plan on adding in the future...
Thank you for any help you can provide.
Where, on Earth, did you find those posters?! I think I'm in love!
Not sure they'll work for a church facility, but they may find a home with me...
My original thought was reprinting the old Charles Atlas or Farmer Burns workout/ads and mounting them. But, when I googled "Vintage Workout Posters", Marylin popped up. I couldn't not share the wealth.
As an aside, that should dispel the modern female myth that Marylin Monroe was a chubster.
Sadly, no. I'm still waiting on permission to begin, from the church elders.
I have, however, refined my designs for the wall murals, and finalized a layout for the equipment, so when they eventually say yes, I can begin immediately.
Keep us updated!
If it's not too late I'd definitely try to get a rack of dumbbells. They are incredibly versatile, and don't take up much space.