Why Do Saunas Belong in your Gym?

Boost your gym member benefits with an infrared sauna.


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In the competitive world of gyms and fitness centres, adding an infrared sauna is a game-changer, offering a range of benefits that extend beyond standard workout results. This addition shifts a gym's focus from just physical exercise to encompassing overall health and wellness. 

Infrared saunas differ from traditional ones by directly heating the body, leading to deeper muscle and joint relief, enhanced detoxification, improved heart health, and quicker recovery post-workout. This makes them particularly suitable in a gym environment where efficient recovery is key. 

Why Should a Gym Consider Adding a Sauna?

Nowadays, fitness centres thrive on offering holistic health solutions to their members. Incorporating a sauna, especially an infrared one, not only enhances your holistic health offering but also provides a plethora of benefits that gym-goers will appreciate.

Gyms today have evolved from workout spaces to comprehensive health and wellness centres. Adding an infrared sauna, introduces a therapeutic element to your gym’s offerings. An infrared sauna’s benefits include:

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The combination of exercise and sauna sessions can expedite recovery, improve cardiovascular performance, and offer relaxation – expanding your overall services.

What’s the Difference Between Infrared and Traditional Saunas in a Gym Setting?

Infrared saunas and traditional saunas provide distinct heating experiences, each with its unique mechanism and benefits. Infrared saunas utilise infrared light waves, which provide penetrate the skin to directly and deeply heat the body. This approach offers a therapeutic warmth even at a relatively lower ambient temperature.

On the other hand, traditional saunas rely on a stove, either wood-fired or electric, to elevate the air temperature inside. This heated air indirectly warms the body. Traditional saunas can also introduce an element of steam, which is achieved by pouring water over heated rocks, enhancing the sensation of humidity.

In a gym environment, infrared saunas offer quicker heat-up times, which means gym-goers don't have to wait long post-workout. Infrared saunas also penetrate deeper into muscles and joints, aiding in a quicker recovery.

How Much Space is Typically Needed to Add a Sauna to a Gym?

The space required to incorporate a Clearlight® Infrared Sauna into a gym depends on the specific model you're considering. For instance, our 1 Person Clearlight® Sanctuary Full Spectrum Sauna has interior measurements of 97 cm in width, 114 cm in depth, and 188 cm in height, and exterior dimensions of 109 cm wide, 122 cm deep, and 196 cm high. 

On the other hand, the larger 5-Person Clearlight® Premier Far Infrared Sauna requires more space, with interior dimensions of 198 cm width, 107 cm depth, and 180 cm height, and exterior dimensions of 211 cm wide, 124 cm deep, and 193 cm high.

When considering adding a sauna to your gym, it's critical to check the dimensions of the sauna model and cross-reference it with the space available in the gym. Always allocate extra space around the sauna for ease of movement – especially in a fitness facility where open floor space is essential – ventilation and other factors like door openings.


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How Does a Sauna Benefit Gym Members Post-Workout?

Following an intense workout, muscles often feel fatigued due to exertion and the accumulation of lactic acid. Infrared saunas are an excellent recovery tool because they offer:

Enhanced Blood Circulation

Improved blood flow helps in the rapid removal of toxins like lactic acid from the body.

Muscle Relaxation

The penetrating heat directly alleviates muscle tension and pain.

Quicker Recovery

Direct heat application accelerates muscle repair and rejuvenation.

Reduced Soreness

By expediting lactic acid removal, saunas reduce post-workout discomfort.

Incorporating saunas in fitness routines offers gym-goers a holistic approach to their physical health and well-being, effectively combining exercise benefits with therapeutic relaxation.

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How Long Does it Typically Take to Heat Up an Infrared Sauna in a Gym Setting?

Infrared saunas are known for their quick heat-up times. Clearlight® Infrared Saunas typically take between 15-20 minutes to heat up, making them perfect for gym-goers who want to jump in right after their workout.

This swift warm-up time is a significant advantage, especially in a bustling gym environment where members might not want to wait long. The efficiency of Clearlight® saunas ensures that your clients can seamlessly transition from their workout routine into a relaxing sauna session, maximising the benefits of both.

Are There Any Health Concerns Related to Using Saunas After Working Out?

When using a sauna after a workout, it's crucial to stay hydrated. After exercising, the body has already lost fluids, and using a sauna will result in further sweating. It's recommended to drink plenty of water before and after sauna sessions. For more information about responsible sauna use, check out some of our tips and tricks.

How Long Do Clearlight® Infrared Saunas Typically Last in a High-Traffic Gym Environment?

Clearlight® Infrared Saunas are designed and constructed to meet the demands of commercial settings. Their commercial-quality craftsmanship ensures they can withstand the high-traffic nature of a gym environment. 

With proper maintenance and care, our saunas remain in outstanding condition for many years. Plus, in the unlikely event that something should go wrong with your saunas, our 5-year warranty protects it – heaters, controls, electrical, wood, audio system and all. 

The longevity and reliability of Clearlight® Infrared Saunas not only guarantees peace of mind for gym owners but also translates to a substantial return on your investment. As a bonus, the consistent quality of the experience saunas offer can be a significant draw for your clientele, potentially boosting retention and attracting new sign-ups.

Are There Any Energy-Efficient Sauna Models Suitable for Gyms?

Absolutely. Modern infrared saunas, especially those from Clearlight®, prioritise energy efficiency. Not only do they convert a high percentage of the energy they consume directly into infrared heat, but their operational costs are also significantly lower than traditional saunas. Features like quick heat-up times, efficient insulation, and precise temperature controls further optimise energy usage. 

For gyms, this means potential savings on utility bills, reducing overheads, and promoting sustainability. Investing in such energy-efficient models will not only benefit the environment but also prove cost-effective for the gym in the long term. For more information about adding a Clearlight® sauna to your gym, get in touch with us.

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