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in brief... holmes place: a fi rst in galicia
Holmes Place Iberia opened its latest
fi nnish perspective club on 15 May. Located in the city of A
The fi rst comprehensive study Coruña, it’s the chain’s fi rst club in the
of the Finnish health and fi tness region of Galicia, north-west Spain.
market has been published in Facilities at the 3,200sq m club include
partnership by the Finnish Fitness a fi tness suite supplied by Star Trac and
Operators Association (SKY), Life Fitness. The pilates studio offers
Satakunnan Ammattikorkeakoulu Peak Pilates equipment, while the group
(a college specialising in research) exercise studio is equipped by Aerobic
and K&F magazine. & Fitness and Tecnosport. Personal
The report shows that, at the training is also available.
end of March 2009, there were 441 Situated in the Dolce Vita shopping
commercial health clubs in Finland. centre, facilities at the new club also
If all publicly-owned gyms and hotel include a stainless steel swimming pool,
health clubs are included in the a solarium, spa pool and Turkish bath,
fi gure, the total number of fi tness and a restaurant. There is also free Holmes Place’s latest club offers a
clubs in the country climbs to 800. parking for members. stainless steel swimming pool
The sector is estimated to be
worth around €200m in terms of
total turnover, and employs 6,100
locals keep in trim with aura
people – most of which (65 per
cent) hold a qualifi cation in either Trim Town Council and Aura Sport and chain of leisure centres. The 368sq m
sports or healthcare. Leisure Management offi cially opened Precor-equipped fi tness suite offers 33
According to P-C Nordensved, the new €14m Aura Trim Leisure pieces of CV equipment, including four
chair of SKY, 66 per cent of health Centre in Trim, County Meath, Ireland, AMTs, plus Precor’s new C Line strength
clubs in Finland are either small at the end of April. range. There is also an aerobics studio,
(less than 500sq m in size) or The complex is operated and managed sports hall, 25m swimming pool, learner
mid-sized (500–1,000sq m). by Aura, which runs Ireland’s largest and kiddies’ pools, a health suite with
Nordensved adds that operators steamroom and sauna, two fi eld turf
are optimistic about their future, soccer pitches and a lawn bowling facility.
despite the recession, saying: “Up Aura is committed to providing quality,
to 87 per cent of health clubs affordable swimming and fi tness to the
estimate that they will experience local community; pay as you go options at
growth in the near future, while the new club cover both gym and classes.
only 2 per cent are expecting to see Aura Sport and Leisure Management
contraction in their business.” operates 10 centres throughout Ireland,
with more than a million visits to its sites
cirque chooses the amt every year. The company is renowned
Cirque du Soleil’s world-famous for embracing diversity and focusing on
performers have revealed one of Trim’s 368sq m gym offers Precor access and ability, and has won two O2
their key training secrets – Precor’s CV and new C LIne strength range Ability Awards in recognition of this.
Adaptive Motion Trainer (AMT).
Cirque du Soleil has been
encouraging its artistes in Dubai russian fi tness group opens fi rst luxury club
to use the AMT as part of their
gruelling training regime. Russian Fitness Group (RFG) opened its doctor’s surgery, café and boutique
Derek Burke, EMEA sales latest World Class health club – the 19th shop selling sports clothes.
manager for Precor, says: “We’re in the chain – in St Petersburg in April. An aqua zone offers a 25m, four-lane
delighted that the cast of Cirque du Located on Krestovsky island, it’s the pool, spa pool, kids’ swimming pool and
Soleil in Dubai have incorporated operator’s fi rst luxury club. Built over relaxation area, while the third fl oor is
the AMT into their training. three fl oors, the 3,800sq m club has completely given over to the spa, which
“These elite athletes require an 800sq m gym with almost 12m-high offers a wide range of facials and body
immense strength, stamina and ceilings. Facilities include group cycling treatments. There’s also a Russian bath,
fl exibility; their use of the AMT and martial arts studios, both of which Turkish sauna and hairdressing salon.
really does illustrate the fact that it have panoramic windows looking out RFG operates more than 42 fi tness
can be used by beginners right up over the embankment. There’s also a clubs – World Class and the lower-priced
to advanced athletes to achieve a pilates studio, two group exercise and Fizkult chain – in 11 cities of Russia and
challenging workout.” personal training studios, a kids’ club, the CIS, including franchised clubs.
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