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Virgin Active launches new member benefit scheme

Virgin Active has launched a new online- based member benefit scheme. Entitled Hot Stuff, the initiative offers

The studio opened in 2010 and was an instant hit

Pure Pilates studio in Ilkley doubles in size

members of Virgin Active clubs discounts to other Virgin-branded products and services – such as Virgin Trains and Virgin Holidays – as well as exclusive access to Virgin-sponsored events, including the Virgin Active London Triathlon and Tour de France. Details:

Kirstin Ferrie, the former personal pilates teacher of Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, has expanded her pilates studio in Ilkley, West Yorkshire. Ferrie launched the Pure Pilates studio

The Crawley club is the latest opening for Anytime

Anytime Fitness expands portfolio with Crawley club

in May 2010 and in the first month had a two-year waiting list of clients. Due to the popularity of her classes, she is now nearly doubling the size of the site. While the original studio space will

Health club operator Anytime Fitness is set to open a new club in the heart of Crawley in June. The 297sq m (3,200sq ft) gym, located in Crawley town centre, will be equipped with Precor gym equipment and open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with a security-access key allowing members to enter the club even when it is not staffed. The club will be operated by franchisee James Ussher. Anytime Fitness is currently ranked number six in Entrepreneur magazine’s 2013 Franchise 500 list. Details:

benefit from new equipment, there will also be a new private studio are for one- to-one work. It will feature equipment from US-based manufacturer Balanced Body and the new CoreAlign® and a Reformer Trapeze Combo. Ferrie says: “Since I started the studio

three and a half years ago, my dream was always to help more people and ensure that those injured or with a disability could also benefit from the method. “Currently classes are either individual

or for small numbers, but now I can plan to have up to 10 in the new matwork studio. I’m also considering the possibility of introducing other disciplines with suitably qualified instructors.”

launched GymWorks – a 13,000 sq ft health club in one of Europe’s largest urban refurbishment in a bid to

Sob ll Leisure Cent re in Islington, London, is to undergo a major

developments in Buckshaw Village, Chorley, provide low-cost healthy activities for all residents.

In July 2010, Islington Council agre d a programme f refurbishment to help extend

140-station gym, which is located in the former entertainment room at the historical BAA Systems Aviation House. Equipment has been supplied by Precor and includes 50 pieces of cardio including the recently launched AMT with Open Stride, alongside Icarian str

o The pair have invested £600,000 in the the centre’s life. The first stage included improving the main hall, which came in time for the centre to be used as the official venue for Olympic volleyball raining in 2012.

Now a further investment of close to Concept2 rowers. Functional equipment has been supplied by Escape Fitness, and the changing rooms have been kitted out by Safe Space Lockers.

£1.4m will see the installation of two new artificial, floodlit football pitches, followed by improvements within the centre itself. The new football pitches, with hi-tech

Fit In Gym swaps Zumba for Group Kick Members at independent, family-run health

surfaces, will be constructed over the course of the summer, with work expected to be completed in August. Once this work is done, a programme of internal work will begin from

club Fit In Gym in Warrington are embracing a new martial arts-based class after losing their

The £11m redevelopment of a leisure centre the local area and, to meet demand, had to bosses considering the appointment of a new contractor for the scheme. Pellikaan Co Owner Sue Williams says: “After coming

across a video of Group Kick on YouTube, I took a gamble and replaced our Zumba class with Group Kick. I was nervous about how our members would react, but they embraced

nstruction, which specialises in designin and building sports facilities, is the preferred bidder for the replacement leisure centre. The proposed construction is slated to be built next to the current centre, which will

gth units and

Lancashire. Guy, who started his 26-year career in fitness with JJB and more recently as head of leisure for DW Sports, has partnered with property developer Craig Winstanley.


NEWS GymWorks opens in Lancashire

Council to invest in low-cost fitness centre Fitness industry veteran Peter Guy has

The Sobell centre in London will house a low-cost fitness element The club took 10 weeks to build and has 140 stations

2,000 sq ft studio featuring a nightclub-style sound system and lighting, which changes the colour of the walls in sync with the music.

August until December. This will involve: new gymnastics equipment; increasing the size of the fitness gym by a third; the creation of a new boxing gym; an upgrade of the training room; and improvements to the junior gym. Other improvements will include the installation of retractable spectator seating and a redesign of the existing changing rooms. Details:

Contractor sought for Sunderland project most popular Zumba teacher. Fit In Gym was the first health club to introduce Zumba in in Sunderland is a step closer, with council timetable the Latin dance-based class seven days a week in its 50-capacity studio.

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Group Kick brilliantly. We haven’t lost any members and everyone loves the programme.” Group X Systems’ hour-long Group Kick

class combines mixed martial arts moves – from the boxing ring to the fighting cage – with music to build total body strength and improve cardio fitness. Former hotel sales manager Williams

opened Fit In Gym in 2009. After being made redundant she had struggled with high health club membership fees, so surveyed 2,000 people in the local area to see if there was a need for a more affordable place to work out.

be demolished on completion of the new centre in 2015. Facilities at the replacement centre will include a six-lane, 25-metre pool and learner pool, a four-court sports hall and sauna and steamrooms. The funding was initially announced as part of a £60m capital programme by Sunderland City Council earlier this year, which has seen investment in new and improved sport and leisure centres.

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