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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

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:

Ingleby (right) founded Energised Performance

Ingleby named 2013 Personal Trainer to Watch

Life Fitness has announced that Kim Ingleby has won its 2013 Personal Trainers to Watch competition. Ingleby, from Bristol, UK, was selected

from more than 1,500 nominations across 43 countries. The top 10 finalists were flown in to

The Crawley club is the latest opening for Anytime

Anytime Fitness expands portfolio with Crawley club

demonstrate their training skills in front of a panel of five judges, where they were randomly paired with a volunteer for their demonstration. Ingleby is the founder of Energised

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:

Performance in Bristol and her training philosophy combines the mind and body to enhance clients’ physical and mental wellbeing. She recently returned to full health after battling Weil’s disease and receiving pre-cancerous cervical cancer treatments earlier this year. “Kim’s story is an inspiration to all who

took part in the competition,” says Life Fitness president Chris Clawson. “The resilience, strength and humility she has shown in her journey are awe-inspiring. She is truly deserving of this award – for her achievements both inside and outside the gym.” Details:

Andover Leisure Centre has become the first leisure centre to run the government’s National Citizen Service (NCS) scheme. The NCS is a government-funded scheme

Sobell Leisure Cent re in Islington, London, is to undergo a major refurbishment in a bid to provide low-cost healthy activities for all residents. In July 2010, Islington

for 16- and 17-year olds across the country, which aims to give teenagers new skills and confidence at an important age. Andover Leisure Centre, managed by Valley

NEWS Andover centre first to run NCS Council to invest in low-cost fitness centre


Council agreed a programme of refurbishment to help extend 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 training in 2012. Now a further investment of close to

£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

and activity development for Valley Leisure, says: “It’s clear that the students gained far more from the process than they initially anticipated.” Details:

Leisure, took on the scheme to develop new partnerships in the community and strengthen relationships with local schools. It began with a week of outdoor activities, then in the second week the youngsters lived in university halls, looking after themselves and keeping to a budget. The third and final week saw students planning and delivering social action projects to benefit their community. James Blyth, assistant manager of sports

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

Star Trac has launched its first Spinpower Instructor Training course, to provide certified Spinning instructors, fitness professionals and enthusiasts with advanced education to understand the principles of power training. The two-day course teaches participants

The Sobell centre in London will house a low-cost fitness element

Star Trac launches Spinpower in the UK Contractor sought for Sunderland project

The £11m redevelopment of a leisure centre in Sunderland is a step closer, with council bosses considering the appointment of a new contractor for the scheme. Pellikaan Construction, which specialises in designing 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

how to train and coach with power, use the Personal Spinning Threshold (PST) test to create individualised training zones, and design profiles for power-based classes.

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:

The NCS scheme aims to give teenagers new skills

Instructors earn the official Spinpower Instructor certification after passing both online written and onsite practical assessments. Abby McEvoy, wellness manager at Archive

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.

Lifestyle, which hosted the first course, says: “Participants’ heart rate, RPM and power output is displayed to them throughout the class, and so far the members’ feedback suggests they are working much harder than before, as they know when they are taking it easier.” Details:

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