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Olympic rower Alex Partridge has helped officially unveil Nuffield Health’s new-look health and wellbeing centre in Covent Garden, London, following a £2.5m overhaul. Covent Garden Fitness

and Wellbeing Centre has undergone a two-phase refurbishment, the second of which comprised a £500,000 transformation of the venue’s wet facilities. T e centre now off ers a bespoke hydrotherapy and spa area with sauna and steamroom, with visitors able to benefi t from hydrotherapy facilities in the 20m swimming pool area. Work on the £2m first phase of the

milon has removed weight stacks,

instead generating resistance

T e new swimming pool at Nuffi eld’s Covent Garden club in London electronically “FORWARD-THINKING

renovation was completed in December 2010, with a full overhaul of the branding and the construction of a new health clinic. T ree new-look studios, upgraded changing facilities and a new 100-station gym – which


was predominantly supplied by Life Fitness – have also formed part of the overall scheme. ViPR, TRX and Power Plate also supplied

budget chain klick fi tness begins roll-out


look to target specifi c training groups including women and older users, while CYBEX’s weight stacks are fully enclosed and away from sight. milon has gone a step further and

Klick Fitness, the budget arm of Fitness First, has entered the UK market and was scheduled to have nine clubs operating by the end of last month. The chain opened its

TOMMY MATTHEWS, MD, OPTIMAL LIFE FITNESS removed weight stacks altogether, with resistance generated electronically. In addition t ao addressing the intimidation factor of weight stacks, the circuit set-up – which uses a smart card

first site in Wakefield on 5 September and its second in Bromborough, Merseyside, on 15 September. The other locations

they’re not only excell nt for offering resis etfafnce for the individual user – also mak feas the system highly user-friendly. There’s no fi ddling with adjustments or w doencdering which machine to go to next, as the circuit leads users through e equipment being very cos - fective, clubs are very keen to get with the times and go for it.

training zones. This is gre t news, as to automatically set seat height and e tive training routines, but a ntastic for member experi

It’s very easy for a cl b to make the ision to install one of these z nes. Based on the shift in popularity and a full t-hbody workout. This automatically elimienfates common mistakes that often occur during a workout when the equipment is not set up correctly.

people start seeing the effects, they will carry on. Here, too, milon has a great track record. The electronic weight simulation means that users can separately set the resistance levels for the eccentric and concentric movements. “Eccentric training allows for a reduced

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the lc completes £80,000 extestrnsion programme

However, it’s not that simple. Club Ultimately results are also key: if

An expanded free weights area and a new group cycling studio have been unveiled at T e LC in Swansea, following an £80,000 expansion. Additional weights and benches have been

provided in the free weights area, while the group cycling studio features new bikes,

owners need to realise that this type of equipment is generally very new for the member and not particularly intuitive. For this reason, the success of these zones is heavily based on the club training team: it’s vital to have a knowledgeable team that can

encompass two sites in Manchester and one each in Aintree, Bradford, Ipswich, Sheffield and Stoke. Each Klick Fitness site offers a group exercise studio and functional training areas for small groups. Jason Worthy, head of central operations


t’s happening across the UK – ll the big chains are looking to find sp

e for functional ce.

for Klick, told Leisure Opportunities that the company is looking to open more clubs under

workout time of 25 per cent while recording strength gains of up to 30 per cent,” says Holm Hofmann, UK sales director. “Training on milon is equally effective for advanced users and novices.”

ELECTRONIC USAGE GUIDES A iln functional training

educate the members

re a number of technological innovations t this, the zone will

ongside recent product developments a methods. Without

Klick, the budget arm of Fitness First, opened its fi rst clubs last month Swiss ball exercises.

s r, building awareness of how – and w stretching and doing

hy – to use the equipment.

Marketed on its versatility and exibility, CYBEX’s Bravo functional t to the kit, continually challeng s them C and keeps them coming back. Well- uctured small group programmes i are essential to create the buzz – for g example Move IT, by Optimal Life u Fitness and Escape Fitness, that helps e clubs to launch, promote, sell and run h semall group training (image above). workout programme.

trends, cable-based machines are a f faun. It should be the centrepiece of the gym fl oor a d draw members in. o To do this su cessfully, we need to have a product: a structured training fl programme that introduces members rainer is now supported by the YBEX Bravo Workout Guide. An app available to download for free via Tunes and the CYBEX website, the uide instructs users in the sett ng p of 20 of the Bravo’s most popular xercises. Users can also input their ight details to create a customised

As one of the fastest growing fi tness This zone is all about activity and vourite for trainers but can require more guidance and instruction than ther resistance equipment.

the Klick banner. “T is is a market that we expect to grow very quickly,” he says. Memberships will be available at a monthly

rate of £9.99 and an annual rate of £99.99, including a certain amount of classes.

hat en ance resistance training for the u become a space for



PROGRESS IIII Tel: 01455 890100 Fax: 01455 890009

disco lights and a sound system. Technogym supplied the gym equipment. LC general manager Nic Beggs says: “T e

investment refl ected conversations we had with our members and it’s been great to see these suggestions come to fruition.”


Email (sales):

Leisure Lines GB Ltd, Units 1-2 Jacknell Road, Dodwells Ind Estate, Hinckley, Leicestershire UK LE10 3BS

equipment to the gym at Covent Garden Fitness and Wellbeing Centre. T e club will focus on everything from nutrition to sport injury prevention and rehabilitation.


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