How to Create Pools at Your Fitness Facility That Will Amaze Your Members
By: Christa Plaza, AIA - April 4, 2012  |  Originally published at www.clubindustry.com

Envision a warm lounge pool where your members can relax, an intense competition pool loaded with top-notch swimmers, or a beach-like entry where you can sit with your kids. These are just some of the vast pool solutions that can provide your members with what many consider to be the perfect form of exercise. Swimming provides excellent cardiovascular conditioning while building strength and increased flexibility and working all the major muscle groups with minimal stress on the muscles or joints. Offering water-based individual and/or group swimming programs can help increase profitability and create an activity center for all ages, contributing to your ultimate goal of member satisfaction. Ensure success by keeping these factors in mind when designing the perfect pool at your facility.

Members. The key is to understand your members’ needs and keep them in mind during the early design stages. Researching the demographics in your area is the simplest way to determine which potential members will be using your space. Is your pool located in a suburb with families? These members might like a pool that includes kids features and shallow depths. Is your facility in a swanky downtown environment with corporate clients and urban professionals? Lap pool space and warm water pools to sooth the stress of the work day could appeal to this group. Consider including lounge pools, hot tubs, tropical showers with nature sounds, cold plunges, waterfalls, arctic snow rooms and Turkish baths. Some clubs have multiple member types. To create an environment for adults and kids, keep in mind both of their needs. This will ensure that your aquatic area is a success by attracting new and existing members.

Acoustic design. When you have mixed member clubs, the acoustic design becomes critical to maintaining enjoyable sound levels. Avoid tile, concrete and steel-framed roof systems as these materials create an environment where sound bounces around and can be loud. The design and placement of acoustical panels are key in sound reduction. They can be placed on the walls and ceilings to help soften the sound, as well as create decorative design features. Consider textured, waving, corrugated, and perforated elements like those featured in the photo above. Make sure to keep form and function in mind to create a pleasing design while also absorbing the sound. Keeping the noise level to a minimum translates to a more enjoyable space for your members.

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