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£250,000 renovation for Bury St Edmunds facility

Abbeycroſt Leisure has announced plans to carry out an extensive £250,000 refur- bishment of the fitness facilities at Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre in Suffolk. Matrix will supply 110 pieces of equip-

ment for the new-look gym, which will offer the Virtual Active experience to sim- ulate climbing, running and hiking. A new functional training area is also

proposed by the leisure trust and social enterprise for Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre, which will boast a TRX suspension training area and a Power Plate zone.

Girls-only scheme for Borders

Borders Sport and Leisure Trust (BSLT) has launched a new pilot initiative offering local teenage girls free gym access at its flagship TriFitness facility in Galashiels. Based on the Fit For Girls

project run by sportscotland and Youth Sport Trust, the trust aims to encourage girls between the ages of 11- and 16-years-old to adopt more active lifestyles. More than 400 young peo-

ple from Galashiels Academy will receive exclusive access to the TriFitness facility every Saturday aſternoon over an eight-week period. TriFitness will open outside of normal operat- ing hours on a Saturday aſternoon as part of the initiative, with the girls to have access to the facilities between 2pm and 4pm. An induction to all cardiovascular and resis- tance equipment and an activity programme

Dixon will help members reach their fitness aims

LA Fitness teams up with Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers and LA Fitness have unveiled a new activity partnership, which is designed to help more than 1.2 million UK members adopt healthier lifestyles. Te 12-month venture will offer compli-

mentary support in activity and healthy eating advice and will use the 2012 Games to inspire people to become more active. Meanwhile, the partnership will also see

LA Fitness creative director and television personality Alesha Dixon work in conjunc- tion with both groups to help members achieve weight loss and fitness targets.

ISG nets £3.5m Enfield leisure centre contract

ISG has started work on a “challenging” project to redevelop Southgate Leisure Centre aſter it was awarded the £3.5m con- tract for the scheme by Enfield Council. Te work first involves the construction

of a temporary structure to re-house facil- ities – including a gym; a spinning studio; and a dance studio – ahead of the demoli- tion of most of the existing building. Work will then start on the creation of

a new centre to include the current pool, which will remain open throughout the project and will also receive an overhaul.

4 TriFitness will open outside of normal Saturday hours for the initiative

that will be designed to meet individual needs forms part of the initiative. BSLT’s Emily McGowan said: “We know

that there are many barriers to exercise for the 11-16 age group, including social pressures, not wanting to take part in mixed activities, and cost.” Details:

New UK distributor for Les Mills classes

Les Mills International (LMI) is to be the exclusive distribu- tor for Les Mills group fitness programmes in the UK aſter reaching a deal with Fitness Professionals (FitPro). Te agreement will see LMI

acquire the division of FitPro which has been responsible for the distribution of Les Mills programmes in the UK. LMI will work alongside

FitPro to ensure a smooth handover, with the Les Mills UK office based at FitPro’s cur- rent offices until May before relocating to east London. FitPro founder and CEO Brent Hallo said:

LMI will be able to offer its programmes “directly” to UK club partners LMI CEO Phillip Mills added: “LMI will be

“Tis new arrangement enables us to focus on growing our global business and to re-focus on our services including conventions, train- ing and exercise products.”

able to offer an excellent package directly to its UK club partners, including access to the latest marketing material and resources to maximise class attendance in clubs.”

New gym part of Rochdale school refurbishment

A new extension and a 112sq m (1,206sq ſt) gym have been completed as part of a wider £9.1m revamp of the Matthew Moss High School in Rochdale, Greater Manchester. The new fitness suite forms part of the Building Schools for the Future project, which

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commenced in July 2010 and is expected to be fully completed by Easter 2012. Precor has equipped the school’s new fitness

suite with its Experience Series range, which comprises Adaptive Motion Trainers tread- mills and bikes featuring the P80 console.

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