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FOOTBALL FOCUS Operator: SHOKK Youth Gym


stimulating fitness environment tailored to the specific needs of young people aged between five and 16 years old. Popular with a number of local sports


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clubs, SHOKK Bracknell has been working closely with youth footballers from local sides Aldershot Town, Bracknell Town and Reading, in preparation for the start of the new season.


“While training intensity levels differ


between adults and young people, the specific training requirements for different sports remain the same,” says Ryan John- Baptiste, personal trainer and co-owner of SHOKK Bracknell. “We have devised sport-specific programmes for footballers, tailored to their position, which combine a mix of speed, strength, core and agility training, while also incorporating key movements that replicate actions on the football pitch.”


Teenagers are more exercise-aware


John-Baptiste has worked with players both in group and one-to-one training sessions, using equipment and non- equipment based exercises. “We have a wide range of cardiovascular, strength and functional training equipment at SHOKK Bracknell, which has been designed and manufactured specifically for our target demographic,” he explains. And it’s not just young footballers who benefit from such training programmes; all members are invited and encouraged to take part in group sessions, which are provided free of charge.


SKI FITNESS Operator: SportHouse


training programmes for the first time, following its high-profile opening in March. “Ski holidays are very popular among


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SportHouse members. Our job is to make sure they’re able to fully enjoy themselves by increasing fitness levels and reducing


portHouse, the Olympic training venue and elite training facility in Barking, is introducing its winter


the risk of injury,” says Phil Daniels, fitness manager at SportHouse. “Whether you’re working with a


new or seasoned skier, the physical requirements are very similar: stability and strength, particularly focusing on the lower body, core conditioning, flexibility and, importantly, muscular endurance.” SportHouse will be running both


small group-focused ski fit circuit classes and one-to-one training programmes. Says Daniels: “Ski fit classes are ideal for building overall fitness levels and encouraging group interaction, but for


Training at SHOKK is youth-focused “Word-of-mouth is one of the most


powerful promotional tools among young people and our involvement with local sports teams proves this; not only do our members promote SHOKK to their team mates, but parents are talking about it too,” says John-Baptiste. “Young people are increasingly aware of the benefits of exercise and, by offering sports-specific programmes, we’ve experienced greater interest and member sign-ups – team mates are seeing the improvements friends are making on the pitch and want to do the same.”


the majority of members, they will see better results faster through one-to-one sessions. We hope a number of people who start in the group sessions will also take advantage of more intense one-to- one training as well. “In fact, we’ve found members are


more likely to engage with PT if they also participate in group training. Ski fit classes are a great way of showing the benefits of additional one-to-one training.” Key to both ski fit circuits and the one-to-one training is SportHouse’s comprehensive range of strength equipment. Says Daniels: “We have more than 250 pieces of CYBEX equipment at SportHouse and we always encourage members to incorporate a wide range into their programmes – we find greater levels of diversity and interest mean members are more likely to stick to their training regime. “CYBEX’s cable-based Bravo functional trainer is central to this, allowing users to focus on their stability and core conditioning. Time-based programmes using the CYBEX Big Iron lifting platform also help build muscular endurance. This is vital for skiers.”


Ski fit classes at SportHouse build overall fitness and promote group interaction 72 Read Health Club Management online at healthclubmanagement.co.uk/digital


healthclub@leisuremedia.com lauren applegarth


october 2012 © cybertrek 2012


ince its launch in April 2012, SHOKK Youth Gym in Bracknell, Berkshire, has provided a


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