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including one ‘super-circuit’, all supplied
by Technogym. There are also two
areas for functional training: one using
Technogym’s Kinesis range, and the other
using HumanSport from Star Trac. When
it came to choosing kit, functionality on
the fl oor was key, says Jacobson. “The
cages on Technogym’s machines are
much lower [than on other models],
allowing straight lines of sight across
the gym fl oor. This ensures our staff are Smooth moves Zumba combines Latin movements with international music
visible and enables members to clearly
see where our different areas are.”
Other facilities include a mind-body fresh thinking trial Star Trac’s eSpinner: a Spin bike with
studio, a general group exercise studio, “Virgin Active has a reputation for an integrated screen featuring hundreds
a group cycling studio with 50 bikes, a innovation, for challenging the norm and of programmed, instructor-led rides,
Power Plate studio with six units, a 25m doing things differently,” says Jacobson. enabling users to do a Spinning workout
pool with an underwater sound system, “We want to put that to the test, which on their own if a class is not available.
and an ‘aqua lounge’ (steam, sauna and is why we’ve brought in some new A successful trial at Claremont has
spa pool) with mountain views. There’s products and concepts at Claremont to led to the fi ve eSpinners becoming a
also a health café called Kauai, with free- deliver a club that’s truly world-class.” permanent feature at the club, with
to-use internet stations; a Virgin Life In line with this, the club has made a the concept also rolled out to four
Care HealthZone, more of which later; signifi cant investment not only in Kinesis, other Virgin Active clubs across the
and Club V Max, a kids’ facility with HumanSport and Power Plate, but also country. According to Jacobson, they’re
attractions including a pool, climbing in Technogym’s new FLEXability range. It as popular with beginners as with
wall and soft-play area and a PlayStation. was also the fi rst club outside the US to hard-core Spinners. “We’ve found that
Group offering The new club has a range of studios for group exercise, including Kinesis and group cycling
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