Office gyms are becoming increasingly popular for both the physical and mental benefits it provides workers. Businesses are starting to see the value in cultivating a healthy workforce, with increased productivity and job satisfaction.
LSKD HQ office gym, Loganholme QLD
1. Employee Health
The health of workers has never been more important with the COVID-19 Pandemic. Regular exercise is proven to help improve the physical health of staff and reduce their chance of health risks and illness. A bonus, if your staff are healthier, they will in turn have fewer sick days.
2. Employee Mental Health
It is common for workplaces to be high-pressure environments, resulting in workplace stress. Regular exercise has been shown to promote the release of endorphins and improve the quality of sleep, which in turn improves mood. A happy and energetic workforce will be more productive and have a better quality of service.
"It’s really easy to get lost in the stress of work so it's really good to have the lunchtime workouts to get those endorphins going… to forget about the stress of the morning and keep going on with your day." – Carole Donaghy, Community Experience Team, LSKD
Regular exercise is shown to have a positive impact on brain function, enhancing creativity, and improving memory and concentration. Increased brain function along with improved mood will boost staff motivation and productivity.
4. Builds Community
Office gyms offer a place for workers to socialise and develop a sense of camaraderie. It’s a great form of team building that can lead to improved team communication and encourage more collaboration.
"One of our core values is to create a community, and you’ve got to start with the community first your team… We bring trainers in to get people who wouldn’t normally work out together and to connect up all of our departments." – Keith Glindemann, COO, LSKD
5. Job Satisfaction
Office gyms provide an easier and cheaper way for workers to prioritise their health and wellbeing. Through providing ways to keep healthy and reduce stress, staff are likely to develop a greater appreciation for their workplace and be more productive.
"It’s been really great having the office gym. Its given me that balance back into my day and forces me to stop, take a break and focus on myself for 30-45mins." — Aleisha Schmitz, Fitness Partnerships Team Leader, LSKD
LSKD CASE STUDY
LSKD is an Australian-owned and operated brand that prides itself in producing high-quality functional sportswear with a street aesthetic. Established in 2007, LSKD has become a globally recognised company with several warehouses across the country and expanding internationally.
With the expansion of LSKD, a new purpose-built headquarters was developed in Logan. The LSKD HQ features a 120-square-metre gym for the team and ambassadors to train and test products. Working together, AlphaFit and LSKD achieved a space that can be used for content creation as well as being a fully functional gym for staff.
"We wanted to create a space that was for our team to train but also at the same time we could test our products with our performance sportswear, to our community coming in to train, to local gyms coming to train." — Jason Daniel, Founder & CEO, LSKD
The fitout includes a wide range of premium Australian-made equipment to cover both functional and strength and conditioning training. To maximise floor space, a 2 Cell Wall Mounted Low Rig with 1800mm spacings was chosen. For cable equipment, the Freestanding Core Lat Pull Low Row Tower and Core Functional Trainer were chosen for their versatility in movements. To help keep the gym tidy a range of storage solutions were used to home Weight Plates, Dumbbells and other mixed implements. For conditioning, AlphaFit supplied a Concept2 Rower, Bike Erg, Ski Erg, Assault Air Bike and Assault Runner.
AlphaFit’s sister company Arena flooring supplied and installed the custom branded sled track, used for both sled work and as a focal point in shoots. The fitout has received an incredibly positive response from staff who use it for lunch-time workouts or participate in the weekly staff workout.