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5 Reasons To Hire A Fitness Studio Privately

5 Reasons To Hire A Private Fitness Studio

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T2Studio in Liverpool, available at HotPatch.com

If you were offered the opportunity to hire a fitness studio privately each week, you might say, come off it; I’m not Bill Gates. Unless you are Bill Gates of course, in which case you’re probably thinking, ‘I actually am Bill Gates’ almost all of the time.

Private fitness studios rentals aren’t all as expensive as you might assume, as HotPatch can attest to, with its most inexpensive studio for hire in Liverpool at only £10 an hour.

Most personal trainers may never have considered this studio option; perhaps largely because of the cost assumptions that come with the term ‘private.’ You may not have even realised this was an option available to you in the first place.

So here are HotPatch’s top 5 reasons why hiring a private fitness studio could work for you and your client, over using a public gym.

#1 Peace & Quiet

Private studios are far more peaceful. If you’ve never trained in one, it might come as a genuine surprise to hear only your own, or your client’s movements as you exercise. No more rogue grunts or weird gym music playlists to contend with. This means you can communicate more clearly, and freely too. Feel like adding a bit of sound volume to your pep-talk? Go for it.

Training in silence can also be more focussed and meditative, which will likely lead to a more motivated session.

#2 No Waiting For Equipment

Imagine the feeling of entering the gym and thinking, ‘all we need today is the squat rack and I’m good’ and then being forced to wait impatiently for 30 minutes as a group of four twelve-year olds superset their iffy high-rep leg routine.

But in a private studio, the equipment is all yours. Your options are limitless. You can dive between squat rack, bench, dumbbells and not have to be concerned about any etiquette, or turn-waiting, or being forced to only use the one rear-delt machine no one is using for 60 minutes (you can always tell someone uses a busy public gym when their rear-delts are gigantic).

Rather than bouncing between the left and right side of the gym to alternative your exercises, a private studio has everything you need in one place for a concise and efficient workout.

Get your client to the equipment they need when they need it, and they’ll leave feeling more satisfied too.

Spacious fitness studio

#3 Workout With Just Your Team

Capturing that spirit of camaraderie can make training incredibly fun. And when you’re with just your own team, you can work at your own pace and really challenge one another in an open environment.

So don’t worry about losing that inherent sense of competition you get in a public gym as you randomly compete with the strangers and trainers next to you. When you’re in a private gym, it’s all about you and your trainee, and so staying engaged in the workout will be easy.

#4 Take The Ego Out Of It

As you may have found with home workouts, working out in a private space does help to take the ego element out of your lifts, which can so often be detrimental to your form.

So what if you’re lifting lighter, or moving slower? In a private gym, none of this matters. Film your lifts, check your form, and slow it down all you want. A private gym will help remind your client that a gym workout is about them and their own training, and not their progress in relation to anybody else.

Hopefully this will help grow their confidence, especially if they’re new and want to learn how to use the equipment properly, without feeling a little embarrassed or insecure. Often a big reason people delay going to the gym is due to the public ‘shame’ element, and so mentioning that you have a private studio option, may be a huge selling point to the potential clients you’re marketing to.

Man at gym

#5 You Can Do Those Really Weird Exercises You Weirdo

You know that video you saw of that guy holding a planche on a medicine ball? Well you can all fail that move as many times as you want in perfect privacy. You can messily shadow box, spider crawl up and down the gym and swing that kettlebell like you’re beating a rug, and the only person there to judge you is you. Practice, practice and practice until you’re finally ready to pop into a public gym and do that headstand on the mats you’ve always dreamed of doing.

Home workouts for those that committed to them over the last year or so, proved to have their upsides. A quieter space and a more self-focussed environment were all bonuses. Many of us realised how vital possessing the right kind of space is for exercising right.

Private studios can bridge the gap between the need for solitude, and the need for proper equipment, and all within a budget too.

Check out our stock of private exercise Patches, including yoga studios, dance studios and more!

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Happy “lockdown-iversary”, what’s next for workspace?

Happy “lockdown-iversary”, what’s next for workspace to rent?

Can you believe that it is a year since the UK was first placed under lockdown? How strange a world.

Our streets deserted, shops closed, the vibrant sound of birds chirping in the trees. Zoom became the platform for many of our interactions, we exercised at home, exhausted Netflix, and all the while lived in uncertainty and despair at the thought of the wellbeing of our friends, family, and jobs.

Our daily routines changed. The commute to work, making a brew for our colleagues, and grabbing a sandwich at lunch turned into an extra hour in bed, joining an online meeting in our pyjamas, and warming up last night’s leftovers to enjoy whilst watching mid-afternoon television.

Soon, we longed to return to normality: to walk around uninhibited, to see our loved ones, and to share workspace with our colleagues.

Building and sustaining relationships with family, friends, colleagues, and clients requires a physical environment. The emotional benefits of bonding, learning from one another, and collaborating is much easier harnessed in a shared workspace.

Remote working, or indeed in many cases, not being able to work, has had many adverse effects. Though we can replicate many of the office or other workspace rituals from our homes, we do suffer from a lack of face-to-face interactions. Motivation drops and so too the great sense of community that we feel in a workspace shared with others.

We may never return to ‘normality’. Our work practices may become split between home and the office, or the way in which we share workspace may be more measured than we remember. Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey has recently said that, “… for many people there will be more of a hybrid model of working from home and working in a place of work.”

Our workspaces will be designed to support flexibility and choice. Companies will arrange a broader ecosystem of work sites that may include regional offices, co-working spaces, and home to support increasing and ongoing mobility. The workspace will have new purpose: to be the site for community, culture and collaboration. Less time will be spent on focused tasks while on-site and more time dedicated to the three ‘Cs’ above. The physical appearance of workspaces will adjust to reflect this change.

Though much has changed in the last year, and many more changes are to be implemented as we work out the best way to work, the workspace will continue to be an important hub for many of us. We hope that with restrictions slowly being lifted, and as we reintegrate society, that we can continue to Make Space Work.

Want to chat to us about your experiences of work and home-life during lockdown?

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Stand out from the Crowd: The Definitive Guide to Listing your Patch

Stand out from the Crowd: The Definitive Guide to Listing your Patch

Grab users attention with a few top tips on listing your space to rent with HotPatch.

Is your HotPatch listing getting the attention it deserves?

Patch Tips and Tricks

We have tried to make the process of listing a workspace with HotPatch as simple as possible, but here are a few tips to help you on your way to creating an appealing and successful Patch listing.

1. Name your Patch

Grab all the attention your Patch deserves. Just what is it about your workspace that Users will love so much? Perhaps it’s in a busy and popular part of town? Maybe it is impressively decorated? Or it could be a large and flexible space that caters for a range of activities? Whatever it is, be sure to mention it.

Name your Patch

Examples that we like are:

· Stylish and professional salon in the heart of Newcastle

· Hidden gem yoga studio in East London.

2. Describe your Patch

This is your chance to tell Users all the things about your Patch that they might not be able to find in your amenities list or photographs. A great description can help to build an impressive picture in the mind of a User and lead to more bookings.

Describe your Patch

Be honest and accurate and include any details that might be helpful to a User e.g. the Patch is at the top of a long staircase, the art studio is shared with two other artists, or the Patch is a two-minute walk from Old Street Station. Such details set Users’ expectations and ensures positive reviews.

Examples that we like are:

· A newly renovated fitness studio located on a busy high street that is easily accessible and includes all the space and equipment you need for your clients.

· An elegantly designed beauty salon and creative hub for beauty enthusiasts and industry freelancers. This Patch is on the second floor of a gorgeous Georgian townhouse that overlooks the Cathedral Gardens in Liverpool city centre.

3. Setting your availability

Setting your Patch Availability
Whether you are renting your workspace out on an hourly or daily basis, it is important that you block out the times and dates in your calendar for when your Patch is unavailable. Remember to also update your calendar so potential Users can see your Patch’s true availability.

4. Patch rules

Patch Rules

We have created a list of general rules that we think all Patch Hosts will hope Users adhere to. If there are any other rules that are specific to your workspace, then please include them, as this helps to set expectations and boundaries for Users.

5. How much does it cost?

The cost of your Patch is a major consideration for any potential User, and so it should also be a major consideration for you as the Host.

How much does your Patch Cost

Think about all that your workspace offers, including amenities and location, and then think of a price that offers good value for money.

Some questions that you might want to think about are:

· How much would I pay for my own Patch?

· What is the cost of other similar Patches?

· Would lower costs help to establish my workspace?

6. Take great snaps

High-quality photographs can make all the difference when it comes to Users booking your Patch. Alongside the name of your Patch, your main photo will be the first impression that a User has of your workspace, so make it a good ‘un.

Take Great Snaps

Below are a few tips we have put together to help you take some great snaps.

  • Take the time to spruce up your Patch and remove any clutter (overfilled bins, wires etc.) so that it is looking its best.
  • Try to take photos during the day and when natural lighting is brightest. This will help your Patch look warm and inviting. You can always turn on lamps to illuminate any dark corners.
  • Avoid using the flash on your camera or phone as it can make the photo look harsh.
  • To ensure that the shot is straight, you can use the grid feature on your camera or phone and line the grid up with a wall or piece of equipment.
  • Don’t be afraid to kneel or crouch to get a main piece of equipment or furniture into the photo. Just try to avoid standing on your tippy-toes and taking the picture above your head as this can distort the photo and give a strange, angled impression of your workspace.
  • Walk around your workspace and take pictures from different angles to show off all the best features of your Patch. Add a variety of pictures, perhaps from the entrance of the workspace, the kitchen area, waiting room, or outside area to build a guided tour of your Patch.
  • Ensure that your photos are at least 1024 x 683px, or as high-quality as your camera or phone will allow. Also, be sure to use your camera or phone in landscape.
  • Users will enjoy seeing the features, quirks, and personality of your Patch. Get up close to snap any details like artwork or an arrangement of flowers.
  • Finally, many cameras and phones will have inbuilt editing tools, so don’t despair if your photo doesn’t come out perfectly first-time round. Adjusting the brightness, contrast, and saturation can dramatically improve any image. Just remember not to overdo it as photos should look as natural as possible.

Here is a final checklist of things to do before publishing your listing.

Final Checklist

✓ Give your Patch the perfect name.

✓ Bring your workspace to life with a great description, but remember, be honest and accurate.

✓ Outline expectations and rules for Users.

✓ Set up your availability in your calendar.

✓ Choose the right price.

✓ Take great photos with natural light and take a good handful of them too.

Need help in finalising your Patch listing, or want to have a chat with us about your space?

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