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sports
conditioning series
New members could be attracted
by creating specifi c programmes
for amateur footballers and rugby
players, using kit already in the gym
offer a functional fi tness space with
dumbbells and discs, lifting platforms
and performance racks. The studio also
offers kettlebells, medicine balls and Bosu
balls, along with a vibration training suite,
outdoor boxing and bodyweight training
areas – but there’s no CV kit. The idea
is that the facility replicates a lot of the
techniques employed by professionals,
which are suitable for amateur players
and the general public alike.
Many recreational athletes injure
testing, testing
Regular assessment is key to any
themselves because they’re not
training programme, but particularly so
conditioned enough to perform
for sports people. The assessments at
Bond Fitness test flexibility, strength,
balance, stability, lung function,
movement patterns, kinetic chain athlete’s achievements and allows the Proprioception can also be improved,
assessment, and muscular and skeletal appropriate development of their key helping to decrease the risk of injury.
imbalances. Clients may be re-assessed goals,” he says. Power Plate’s director of commercial
daily depending on their goals, but As well as regular testing, health clubs sales UK, Jeff Davis, believes health
generally re-assessments take place wishing to cater for rugby and football clubs should consider how they can
every four to six weeks. players must also focus on injury cater for the needs of local sports teams
Reid agrees with regular re-testing prevention. “In professional sport, my or clubs, as well as regular members.
to evaluate the success of the training job is to keep the players fi t and out of Last year, the company collaborated
programme. “If your client isn’t the physio room. A lot of recreational with Snowsport GB to offer Sno Camp
improving, either they’re not working athletes injure themselves because classes at all Virgin Active gyms in the
hard enough or there’s something they’re not conditioned enough to UK, focusing on ski-specifi c exercises
wrong with your programme,” she says. perform,” says Reid. to improve strength, power and balance.
Keiser UK works with 16 Premiership Here again, health clubs may already “Similar programmes can be created for
football clubs including Manchester offer equipment that’s being used by other sports including football and rugby.
United, Chelsea and Arsenal, as well as elite players to prevent injuries. For All we need to do is assess specifi c
with a range of national and Premiership example, BalanceMaster is currently requirements and we can create a
rugby teams including the Welsh used at Middlesborough FC, as well as programme accordingly,” says Davis.
RFU and Leicester, Gloucester and at Lilleshall Sports Injury Rehabilitation Tom Haynes of York Fitness agrees:
Northampton. MD Tim Colston says centre, for both injury prevention and “Many gym chains choose not to cater
the Keiser Air machines allow clubs to rehab. “Ankle sprains are the bane of for the needs of athletes, as they see
precisely measure the power output of footballers’ lives and account for more it as a small market, but if they looked
each athlete and monitor this over time. than one in 10 of their total injuries,” more closely at their members, many
“This gives a true progression of the says Peter Hope, business development will probably play sport for fun, whether
manager at BalanceMaster. it’s football, rugby, tennis or running.
“The Football Association Medical All of these can benefi t from using the
Research Programme recommends right equipment and training methods to
that pre-season conditioning of the prepare them for their chosen sport.”
ankle and controlled rehabilitation are Catering for rugby and football players,
both key in promoting the long-term whether via a targeted programme for
fi tness of players.” members or working with local clubs,
Meanwhile, a wide range of should be no different from catering
Premiership football teams including for any member group in the club,
Manchester United, Chelsea, Fulham, concludes Wildi: “All members want
Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and results and it’s the gym’s job to address
Manchester City – as well as the Welsh the needs of the individual, whether that
RFU, Northampton and Doncaster be to lose weight or excel in a sport.
Alex Reid recommends ditching
rugby clubs – use Power Plate to assist There should be no difference.”
fi xed weights for free weights,
with preventative training. It can help
which she says are more useful in
improve balance and co-ordination, both vicky kiernander
performing functional movements
of which are essential when on the pitch. healthclub@leisuremedia.com
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