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resistance training


going strong


From a mobile gym in a converted lorry trailer to innovative new equipment and group resistance classes, Sarah Owen looks at gyms that are challenging the norms of strength training


Esporta Royal Berkshire has been using the Star Trac HumanSport range for more than a year, and has created popular HumanSport circuit classes (see p50)


client louise smith, mobile gym project manager, fenland district council, cambridgeshire supplier precor experience strength line


“F


enland has a lot of health inequalities which we, as a


council, are making a priority to target and tackle. After exploring lots of different options, we decided a mobile gym would be the perfect solution, so we bought a lorry trailer and had it converted into a modern gym. “Because the mobile gym is going out


to those who are least likely to exercise, we were really keen to ensure it had as good a variety of equipment as possible – not only CV but also strength – so that, even with the very limited space


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available, it allowed for a varied workout targeting every major muscle group. “Precor advised us on where the


equipment would best sit – bearing in mind that the fl oor of the gym has to move when the trailer doors close – and suggested its S-line range of resistance machines. In the end we were able to fi t in six pieces of strength kit plus free weights, as well as a Power Plate machine, two treadmills, two bikes and a cross-trainer.


“The response so far has


been brilliant: we only launched in June but are already exceeding our targets. Gyms with limited fl oorspace, such


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as small hotel gyms, often focus on CV equipment. However I’m sure that, by providing such a good variety of equipment – including a range of resistance machines – we’re appealing to as many users as possible.”


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