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FUNCTIONAL TRAINING St Peter’s Leisure Centre – Burnley Leisure


Burnley Leisure invested heavily in functional training in 2013, with a 8.2m x 8.2m functional training area, complete with vibrant music and lights, installed at St Peter’s Leisure Centre. The 12 programmed sessions each week – which can accommodate 35 people – have proved popular, and last November the centre won Functional Gym of the Year at the UK National Fitness Awards. According to Neil Hutchinson, leisure


facilities general manager at Burnley Leisure, the subsequent GYMetrix study confi rmed what they had thought: that the investment has paid off, but that – for some of the more advanced equipment – extra education and demos are still needed to drive independent usage outside of classes. “Functional training is certainly


working well for us, with the classes being a huge success. We’re now working hard to educate and demonstrate the benefi ts of functional training to further drive up usage outside


The zone at Burnley Leisure Centre includes vibrant lights and music


of the programmed sessions,” says Hutchinson. This includes incorporating more functional exercises in inductions, ad hoc instructor demonstrations when they have fi ve or 10 minutes free, and fi lmed demonstrations running on TVs in-club and on social media sites. Educational courses for members on TRX use may also be launched.


Additional sessions are also being


introduced to bring in new markets to functional training. Rehab sessions, for example – devised by Burnley Leisure’s in-house physios – are now being run as part of a GP referral programme, and there are also plans to introduce sports- specifi c programmes such as skiing, rugby and cycling training.


Westminster Lodge – Everyone Active


The GYMetrix study at Everyone Active’s Westminster Lodge showed the functional training area is well used during peak hours, when usage almost hits 40 per cent on some of


the equipment. “We offer initial training, have small group introductions on the timetable each week, and have workout cards in the gym and online,” says Michelle Bletso, fi tness


development manager at Everyone Active. Bletso believes that


functional training areas are sound investments for clubs providing they have the staff to show members


how to use them. She says:


“They provide a fun way for members to train and are great for PT, but there’s no point sticking them into the gym without offering training or resources.”


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