Marketing yourself as a personal trainer is a fundamental part of modern business, and if you’re hoping to create a successful brand then it’s never been more important. Establishing a strong website and social media presence helps create a digital footprint for potential clients to find you. So, what do you need to think about before hiring a studio and creating content?
Finding an affordable fitness space to rent
Finding space to hire in London has been a constant battle for personal trainers since what feels like the dawn of time, so when looking for a studio or gym to hire for filming the search can be challenging. First off you need to consider if the gym allows filming and second whether you will have to share the gym with the public. Private hire can be an investment so if there is anyone else you can work with to make the cost manageable it’s worth checking. Personal trainers have been known to hire a fitness space together and share the creative costs for photography.
Striking a deal with a gym that rents space regularly
If you are looking to create content regularly it is often worth asking if a special rate can be worked out for regular bookings. If you know you need to hire every month or twice a month, most businesses will be happy to have loyal customers. You may have to show some commitment first so bear that in mind if you are expecting discounts straight off the bat. Gyms that have a large public membership or are not used to hiring gym space will charge thousands to close facilities so searching out independent gyms that you can build relations with can save a lot of money.
What equipment is available in a Fitness space for filming?
Every gym and studio will vary in the equipment that is provided, so to make sure you have everything you need for your shoot, request an equipment list or virtual tour prior to booking. Any professional establishment will have a list ready for you. Particularly if fitness spaces are designed for rental, they should have a variety of functional equipment which should showcase the strongest exercises visually. We all love seeing compound big lifts, battle topes and kettlebells, this should be a minimum expectation.
Are there changing rooms?
Seems like an obvious question but it is often overlooked. If you are working with models, then you will need them alongside toilet facilities. If booking a space for filming, it would be important to have at least two changing rooms if the shoot consists of over 5/7 Models.
What’s the maximum capacity?
Sometimes shoots can be a one-man band other times it requires models, creatives, and support, so it’s always worth asking if there is a maximum capacity especially considering Covid-19 restrictions. Most Personal studios that are set up to allow renting for a full commercial filming crew would at least 1000 SQ ft. If a Fitness space for rental has less than 1000 SQft it is likely a small personal space often only able to support Personal trainers,
Timing is key
Planning for unforeseen eventualities when filming is a must. When working with people there will always be an element of uncertainty, so give yourself extra time to make allowances for the little things which could take you off guard and be time-consuming. Plan to always arrive 30mins prior most locations that hire fitness spaces out will allow setup time ahead of paid shoots, but this will often need to be confirmed.
Location and parking
When hiring a gym or personal training studio you need to make sure it is accessible for all involved in bringing together your project. Can the location be reached easily? Is there parking nearby or on the premises? Where is the nearest station? How long does it take to reach? All questions worth asking. A large percentage of Gyms and Fitness facilities will be located near tube stations but if you’re travelling with a large film crew it would be suitable to check private or street parking.
Phones have come a long way in the last 10 years especially cameras, so whether you’re using a 4k Redcam or your mobile phone, make sure you have your equipment in check, backup storage, chargers, batteries, lighting, microphones, which can all become a nightmare if left unchecked. Save yourself the headache and make a list of the essentials so that nothing gets left behind.
When you are finished take time to put equipment and things you have used back in the rightful place, respecting the facilities will help build a good working relationship overall which can only be a positive. Think of a relationship of an Air Bnb rental model, or being a guest at someone’s house. Most Gyms/Studio will supply Rental and Rules so a clear checklist will be available to compare against. Often giving a few extra mins can help secure a good first impression to the Facilities Manager.
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PT Workspace team