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Local young people have in fact been


involved throughout: the Toxteth Fire Fit Hub Ambassadors, a group of local youngsters who helped shape the Hub, will continue their involvement in the governance of the site once it’s fully operational this month. In addition, Wates Construction – which was responsible for the build, and which employed 60 per cent of the labour required for the project from the Merseyside area – hired eight local apprentices who were jointly funded by Wates, its supply chain and the Merseyside Apprenticeship Programme.


Fit for the job With the interests of the local community at its core, the Hub nevertheless still had to meet the critical requirements of Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, a key stakeholder and investor in the facility that now has 20 firefighters based on-site. The gym houses over 30 pieces of


cardiovascular and strength equipment from Cybex International – treadmills, Arc Trainers and bikes, alongside the


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The £5.2m facility brings new sport and fi tness opportunities to an area of social deprivation


Bravo all-in-one functional training system, free weights and selectorised strength equipment from Cybex’s VR3 Total Access range. Through Cybex’s build-to- order policy, the treadmills, Arc Trainers and bikes were personalised with blue frames, while the selectorised equipment features customised upholstery. A further 170sq m area on the fi rst


fl oor offers a dedicated functional training zone including kettlebells, medicine balls, dumbbells and Powerbags, as well as a boxing ring. “From the moment we were invited to


quote for Toxteth Fire Fit Hub, we were immediately excited by the project and its ambitions,” says Paul Steel, business development manager for Cybex UK. As part of its agreement with the


facility, Cybex has already been putting the fi refi ghters through their paces using its Firefi ghter Performance Programme. Developed by the Cybex Research


Institute and already widely used in the US, the training concept is designed to enhance the specifi c physical attributes required by the profession. “The programme stood out as part


of Cybex’s tender – we felt it was something our staff would really benefi t from,” says Lawton. “Firefi ghters need to be ready to respond to any emergency they are called to, and they spend a lot of time during the week focusing on their fi tness. Having a gym like this on-site is great for them.” With three levels of diffi culty, the


Firefi ghter Performance Programme combines intervals and circuits using Cybex’s Arc Trainer and a range of functional resistance equipment, including medicine balls, dumbbells, ropes and training ladders. Fire crew who have already taken


part in the programme include several individuals who were recovering from injury and working towards returning to full duty. Chris Rock, master trainer for Cybex, explains: “It’s important that we teach the fi refi ghters how best to use the equipment and the feedback


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