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How Aktiv Solutions Helped VIDA Fitness Elevate Functional Training Programming


A major but often forgotten element of functional training spaces is storage. With effective and efficient storage solutions as part of its design expertise, Aktiv Solutions can help clubs spend less time trying to clean up the workout floor and more time engaging with members.

According to Aaron Moore, the director of operations at VIDA Fitness in Washington D.C., the club “felt limited to inexpensive, prefabricated storage products that weren’t very durable and didn’t look good,” so they turned to Aktiv Solutions. VIDA wanted “a solution that looked great, had multiple configurations and was appropriately priced,” and Aktiv delivered.

Here, Moore shares his experience working with Aktiv, and how their storage solutions have helped transform VIDA’s functional training areas:

In what ways has your new equipment enhanced your functional training programs?

We love the Gym Rax units with pull-up bars and freedom mounts for suspension. It has provided yet another area in our clubs for one-on-one personal training, as well as small group classes. It doesn’t take up a lot of space and all equipment is relatively self-contained.

What do your members love most about the new equipment?

The ease and accessibility of equipment storage. They can view all available equipment and return it just as easily as you grab a dumbbell from a dumbbell rack. There is no equipment blocked or obstructed from view. Members also love that we added even more places where they can do pull-ups, boxing, use straps, etc.

What benefits do your staff and you see in the changes you’ve made?

The Gym Rax storage solution makes it easy for them to keep the fitness floor clean and all equipment properly organized. We’re spending a fraction of the time keeping the entire club clean, organized and looking photo ready. Personal trainers use it around the clock as a functional training station where they can complete an entire workout without having to walk around the entire floor.

How would you describe Aktiv’s customer support?

Exceptional. I now work almost exclusively with Jonna Pento, but everyone I’ve interacted with at Aktiv has been 100% service-oriented. Their team understands clubs and are constantly in the clubs of their clients understanding how their products work in real time. I’ve known Jonna for a while now and he’s been a great addition to the team at Aktiv — one of those hires who makes a good company even better. Jonna manages the relationship, checks in regularly and is available 24/7.

Why should other club operators consider working with Aktiv?

Every manufacturer needs a strong research and development focus to survive in this industry over time. Aktiv’s products continue to get better every year — better looking, more durable, greater functionality, and all with very reasonable year over year price increases. I’ve been most impressed with the durability improvements on the Gym Rax shelving as they’ve gone from sturdy to bulletproof.

For more information on how Aktiv Solutions can transform your workout spaces, check them out online.

Bobby Dyer

Bobby is the former assistant editor of Club Solutions Magazine.

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