Shannon Leisure Centre opens new strength and conditioning gym
A new performance training area has recently opened at Shannon Swimming & Leisure Centre, complete with a range of strength and functional training equipment from Cybex.
“Following extensive renovations in 2010 to our existing gym, we witnessed a significant increase in our membership and consequently started to look at the possibility of expanding our strength training offering, where the demand seemed to be,” explained Karl Fogarty, manager of Shannon Leisure Centre.
“The new equipment was put out to tender and Cybex came out on top, offering us the best overall package to deliver a fresh, exciting look to our new gym space.”
The gym includes Bravo Functional Trainers, half racks, adjustable and flat benches, dip chin and leg raise, t-bar row and plate loaded equipment. Free weights and dumbbells were also installed by functional training equipment provider Jordan Fitness.
Detailed product training was also provided to all gym staff and personal trainers by one of Cybex’s master trainers.
“The feedback from our members has been excellent and we’ve actually seen an increase in the number of our female gym goers introducing strength training into their workout programme since the new training area opened,” confirms Karl.
“Not only is the new equipment highly durable and of excellent quality, it is very accessible; our staff work closely with members to ensure they understand how best to use the range of equipment on offer and as a result, we are witnessing our members getting more out of their workouts and introducing exercises that they wouldn’t have thought to previously.”
Small group training sessions of up to six members are also being run by the Centre’s fitness instructors, where members can benefit from one-to-one training and support.
Richard Purves, senior sales manager for Cybex International UK, said: “The new strength and conditioning gym has been a great addition to Shannon Leisure Centre and the growing membership numbers are proof of the facility’s popularity; we’re really pleased to see the positive impact that the equipment is already having on its members and their training programmes.”
The gym was part-funded by the LEADER Programme, run by Clare Local Development Company. Aimed at boosting recreation and tourism in support of the local economy, the scheme backs the development of new and existing facilities within Co. Clare.
As part of the Centre’s involvement in the community, the new gym is also used by local secondary school pupils as part of their school curriculum and by swimming squad members based at Shannon Leisure Centre and other nearby facilities.
For more information and to view photos of the gym visit www.shannonleisurecentre.ie.