There is no denying that functional training is one of the top fitness trends. And with the explosion in popularity of CrossFit, bodyweight training and High Intensity Interval Training, it is safe to say, the format is here to stay. In order to incorporate functional training into its offering for students, the University of Georgia Department of Recreational Sports recently opened a Functional Training Room at the Ramsey Student Center.
“We knew that group fitness trends proved that some sort of functional training space was not a passing fad, but an evolution in fitness demands,” said Lance Haynie, the associate director for programs at the University of Georgia. “From there, we worked with our team to brainstorm the creative elements of what the space could be and how that could allow our program to be an example for others to look to.”
According to Christina Reynolds, the public relations coordinator, over the past year the department has made some extensive renovations and improvements to the Ramsey Student Center. One of these improvements included transforming an underutilized martial arts studio in the new Functional Training Room.
Features of the room include:
“Functional training has grown in popularity and demand,” said Haynie. “We feel this highly visible sign of commitment to this demand will increase our patronage and subsequent user experience. Being in a space like this that encourages activity and movement provides a user experience that is very powerful.”
Even though the functional training room just opened, students have already started to convey positive feedback. “Students are excited to get the opportunity to get in the room and the patrons that have used it already are raving about how much fun it is in there,” explained Scottie Gray, the assistant director for fitness and wellness at the University of Georgia. “We are ecstatic to continue to get more and more students in the room and experience all it has to offer.”
In case you are considering building something similar at your recreation center, both Gray and Haynie offer of few pieces of advice.