Co-Working and Fitness – Why It’s A Combination Worth Exploring

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It goes without saying that millennials are some of the most fitness-oriented employees the world has ever seen. According to Statista, on average, over a third of millennials exercise two to three days per week for at least 30 minutes, and more and more are considering health benefits to be necessary amenities in the workplace.

This generation, born in the 1980s all the way to the year 2000, is also becoming one of the more community-oriented at work, even through the rise of social media. The spike in co-working spaces are one product of this phenomenon. In 2017, the number of coworking spaces globally jumped to over 14,000 from 436 in 2010, according to a survey by coworking conference organizer Global Coworking Unconference Conference, with an estimated 1.7 million people earning a living in coworking spaces worldwide, according to the 2018 Coworking Forecast.

Though health expectations and co-working spaces may seem like an odd pair, they actually work quite seamlessly with one another. Co-working spaces with a fitness flair are the latest byproduct of today’s working expectations. It’s a combination commercial real estate professionals can’t ignore, and one that may define office spaces for decades to come.

GQ recently posted an op-ed outlining the lives of a few employees living the co-working space slash fitness dream. One individual uses his co-working space’s on-site gym to deflect writer’s block. Another uses the community yoga classes offered to connect more deeply with her office mate, even though they are both freelancers in different fields. It goes both ways, too. Gyms around the world are beginning to integrate co-working spaces to encourage like-minded gig economists to reserve a desk.

Life Time, which now has four co-working spaces among its 100 gyms, isn’t the only fitness brand starting to fuse co-working and fitness. In 2013, Brooklyn Boulders rock-climbing gym first introduced the co-working-out concept in their Somerville, Massachusetts location, and has since added three more multi-functional locations. Soma Vida, which opened in Austin, Texas in 2008, combines yoga, life coaching, herbal wellness, massage, and offices. And luxury gym Equinox debuted its first co-working space in 2016, and now has six at their Sports Club locations nationwide. Prices range from $95 to $400 for monthly membership rates.
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These fitness-office hybrids are convenient and also alleviate work stress. Many devotees see them as solutions to solving work-life balance – after all, working out is proven to decrease burnout! There are numerous other benefits, too. 

Co-working spaces in gyms have a decidedly more centered energy, and attract a clientele who have a shared interest in wellness, making for easier social cross-pollination. Several studies have linked the presence of a workout buddy with increased exercise, effort, and motivation. And when you have an accountability partner in your bootcamp, it makes sense to have one in the workplace, too.
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Read the rest of the GQ article here to learn more about this phenomenon and where you can join in. What are your thoughts? Is this an amenity worth adding to your list?

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