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Flooring: More than a floor

With the increase in popularity of functional training, the floor is increasingly becoming a piece of equipment in itself. Kath Hudson investigates

By Kath Hudson | Published in Health Club Management 2019 issue 6
Reaxing
Create balance workouts with the The Reax Board

The Reax Board by Italian company Reaxing is a smart floor that has been developed to generate sudden balance interferences, destabilising any movement performed on it in order to increase neuromuscular intensity and improve reactions and proprioception. It’s an unpredictable, fun and effective way of training, which requires the user to stay focused and reactive at all times.

Multiple training moves are possible, such as squats, press ups and lunges, while equipment like balance boards and balance balls can be used on it. All muscles are activated and the user focus must always be kept high and steady.

The Reax Board is controlled via a tablet and a dedicated app: the user or the PT can select difficulty levels and choose among several pre-configured training programmes. In the live programme, the PT can alter the movement through real-time interferences, adjusting the intensity, speed, direction and frequency of the interference and freeze the board in the position they choose.

The product has been introduced into elite sports clubs such as AC Milan and Juventus as a dynamic and engaging tool to help support rehabilitation post-injury, as well as strength and conditioning for a variety of targeted training techniques.

Neuromuscular responses are fundamental to the development of athletes to allow them to react in real-time and respond to changes in direction, elevation or movement. The Reax Board supports this development.

Yorkshire-based health club Fit 26 is using the Reax Board to support personal training during one-to-one sessions and also as part of group exercise. The Reax Board is housed within a tailored functional training area.

Reaxing’s UK distributor: www.physicalcompany.co.uk or www.reaxing.com

Ecore

With the trend towards functional training, people are increasingly using their bodies and the floor to train, which requires the surface to be interactive. Ecore surfaces feature vulcanised rubber, which helps to protect members’ bodies, as well as providing acoustic dampening to cut down noise.

GymNation recently opened its first 40,000sq ft fitness facility in the UAE, in Dubai, and CEO Loren Holland said the floor was considered to be as important a piece of gym equipment as any of the other kit. A total of 14 different flooring zones were used in the gym, corresponding to separate activities – for example speed and agility turf was installed for footwork drills and sledwork.

www.ecoreathletic.com

GymNation Dubai – a 40,000sq ft fitness facility
Pavigym

Looking more like an arcade game than a gym, Prama by Pavigym is an interactive fitness concept designed to inject fun into a workout by offering an engaging, immersive space that enables exercisers to play while they are working out.

The floor, and sometimes walls, are programmed to enable participants to do a range of exercises including sprints, squats and jumps.

“Don’t mistake fun and play for an easy workout,” warns Pavigym’s Steve Shaw. “Prama is an extremely effective workout, with exercisers burning up to 1,000 calories per class. The training itself also hits elements of fitness that are frequently missing on the gym floor. Participants work every muscle in a functional class with a focus on speed and agility.”

Prama is gaining traction all over the world, including with operators such as 1610 Fitness and Leisure Trust and David Lloyd Leisure, both of which offer a range of classes for all demographics at their multiple studios. Elite football clubs, such as Barcelona and Boca Juniors, are also integrating Prama into their training.

For a full experience, a space of 60 to 150sq m is ideal, but also smaller interactive units are now being installed on the gym floor, to enable PT and small group training.

www.pavigym.com

Pavigym’s Prama flooring can be custom-built to include a variety of interactive elements
TVS

TVS was tasked with designing a versatile, multi-functional training area to be rolled out across Xercise4Less sites. The brief was to include an area for sledge work, along with floor demarcations for activities such as lunges, sprinting and battle rope exercises.

TVS sports carpet was bonded to substrate to create a central lane for the sledge, with a black recycled rubber floor covering installed around the outside of the area to form a two-lane running track, with one metre markings. The workout areas are being used for personal training, as well as small group training.

At a new Sports Direct gym in Derbyshire, TVS provided a statement floor that complements the brand’s colour scheme. An elastic underlay, designed to absorb impact shock in the weight lifting areas was also used.

A stencil of Everlast’s logo was applied to part of the floor area in the functional training zone and a bright yellow sled track is an eye catching feature.

www.tvs-gymflooring.com

TVS designed multi-functional training areas at Xercise4Less sites
EXF
Third Space Canary Wharf, London, has created The Yard, a flexible training space

At Third Space Canary Wharf, London, EXF has worked in partnership with the club to transform the site’s former sports hall into a dedicated 745sq m flexible training space called The Yard.

It features bespoke flooring solutions throughout, including functional performance flooring, strength flooring and a 15m three-lane indoor track.

EXF strength flooring has been installed in areas that require protection. This was important for the Third Space team, as the Yard features an extensive range of cross-training and strength equipment.

The EXF functional performance flooring range has been installed to reduce the chance of injury during sporting activity, by integrating the EXF Control SD underlay system.

This makes it suitable for use in functional training areas: the range includes shock absorption and anti-slip properties, as well as noise reduction, which was important in this case, as the area is above the spa.

The team also installed a running track, to allow for sprint training and prowler-sledge work. The agility turf track was designed in terracotta and white to stand out from the industrial black and grey aesthetic.

”There’s a huge demand for flexible training. Our vision was to create a dynamic space for strength and conditioning, functional training and combat arts,” says Third Space fitness director, Rob Beale.

www.exf-fitness.com

Indigo Fitness

Ledflex from Indigo Fitness is an interactive fitness system that allows operators to take fitness rooms to another level with a simple technology.

With Ledflex, LED lights are inserted into PaviFlex flooring and walls. They have proximity sensors, allowing them to be used with feet, hands or sport accessories like balls and boxing gloves, enabling PTs to create and save interactive training programmes.

Installation is straightforward – PaviFlex flooring is puzzle interlocked and the lights are inserted, then connected to Wi-Fi via a router. The system can then be used with an app on a tablet or smartphone. www.indigofitness.com

Ledflex from Indigo Fitness can be used to create interactive training programmes
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With functional training continuing to grow in popularity, the floor is often as important as any equipment. We take a look at the latest interactive options
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features

Flooring: More than a floor

With the increase in popularity of functional training, the floor is increasingly becoming a piece of equipment in itself. Kath Hudson investigates

By Kath Hudson | Published in Health Club Management 2019 issue 6
Reaxing
Create balance workouts with the The Reax Board

The Reax Board by Italian company Reaxing is a smart floor that has been developed to generate sudden balance interferences, destabilising any movement performed on it in order to increase neuromuscular intensity and improve reactions and proprioception. It’s an unpredictable, fun and effective way of training, which requires the user to stay focused and reactive at all times.

Multiple training moves are possible, such as squats, press ups and lunges, while equipment like balance boards and balance balls can be used on it. All muscles are activated and the user focus must always be kept high and steady.

The Reax Board is controlled via a tablet and a dedicated app: the user or the PT can select difficulty levels and choose among several pre-configured training programmes. In the live programme, the PT can alter the movement through real-time interferences, adjusting the intensity, speed, direction and frequency of the interference and freeze the board in the position they choose.

The product has been introduced into elite sports clubs such as AC Milan and Juventus as a dynamic and engaging tool to help support rehabilitation post-injury, as well as strength and conditioning for a variety of targeted training techniques.

Neuromuscular responses are fundamental to the development of athletes to allow them to react in real-time and respond to changes in direction, elevation or movement. The Reax Board supports this development.

Yorkshire-based health club Fit 26 is using the Reax Board to support personal training during one-to-one sessions and also as part of group exercise. The Reax Board is housed within a tailored functional training area.

Reaxing’s UK distributor: www.physicalcompany.co.uk or www.reaxing.com

Ecore

With the trend towards functional training, people are increasingly using their bodies and the floor to train, which requires the surface to be interactive. Ecore surfaces feature vulcanised rubber, which helps to protect members’ bodies, as well as providing acoustic dampening to cut down noise.

GymNation recently opened its first 40,000sq ft fitness facility in the UAE, in Dubai, and CEO Loren Holland said the floor was considered to be as important a piece of gym equipment as any of the other kit. A total of 14 different flooring zones were used in the gym, corresponding to separate activities – for example speed and agility turf was installed for footwork drills and sledwork.

www.ecoreathletic.com

GymNation Dubai – a 40,000sq ft fitness facility
Pavigym

Looking more like an arcade game than a gym, Prama by Pavigym is an interactive fitness concept designed to inject fun into a workout by offering an engaging, immersive space that enables exercisers to play while they are working out.

The floor, and sometimes walls, are programmed to enable participants to do a range of exercises including sprints, squats and jumps.

“Don’t mistake fun and play for an easy workout,” warns Pavigym’s Steve Shaw. “Prama is an extremely effective workout, with exercisers burning up to 1,000 calories per class. The training itself also hits elements of fitness that are frequently missing on the gym floor. Participants work every muscle in a functional class with a focus on speed and agility.”

Prama is gaining traction all over the world, including with operators such as 1610 Fitness and Leisure Trust and David Lloyd Leisure, both of which offer a range of classes for all demographics at their multiple studios. Elite football clubs, such as Barcelona and Boca Juniors, are also integrating Prama into their training.

For a full experience, a space of 60 to 150sq m is ideal, but also smaller interactive units are now being installed on the gym floor, to enable PT and small group training.

www.pavigym.com

Pavigym’s Prama flooring can be custom-built to include a variety of interactive elements
TVS

TVS was tasked with designing a versatile, multi-functional training area to be rolled out across Xercise4Less sites. The brief was to include an area for sledge work, along with floor demarcations for activities such as lunges, sprinting and battle rope exercises.

TVS sports carpet was bonded to substrate to create a central lane for the sledge, with a black recycled rubber floor covering installed around the outside of the area to form a two-lane running track, with one metre markings. The workout areas are being used for personal training, as well as small group training.

At a new Sports Direct gym in Derbyshire, TVS provided a statement floor that complements the brand’s colour scheme. An elastic underlay, designed to absorb impact shock in the weight lifting areas was also used.

A stencil of Everlast’s logo was applied to part of the floor area in the functional training zone and a bright yellow sled track is an eye catching feature.

www.tvs-gymflooring.com

TVS designed multi-functional training areas at Xercise4Less sites
EXF
Third Space Canary Wharf, London, has created The Yard, a flexible training space

At Third Space Canary Wharf, London, EXF has worked in partnership with the club to transform the site’s former sports hall into a dedicated 745sq m flexible training space called The Yard.

It features bespoke flooring solutions throughout, including functional performance flooring, strength flooring and a 15m three-lane indoor track.

EXF strength flooring has been installed in areas that require protection. This was important for the Third Space team, as the Yard features an extensive range of cross-training and strength equipment.

The EXF functional performance flooring range has been installed to reduce the chance of injury during sporting activity, by integrating the EXF Control SD underlay system.

This makes it suitable for use in functional training areas: the range includes shock absorption and anti-slip properties, as well as noise reduction, which was important in this case, as the area is above the spa.

The team also installed a running track, to allow for sprint training and prowler-sledge work. The agility turf track was designed in terracotta and white to stand out from the industrial black and grey aesthetic.

”There’s a huge demand for flexible training. Our vision was to create a dynamic space for strength and conditioning, functional training and combat arts,” says Third Space fitness director, Rob Beale.

www.exf-fitness.com

Indigo Fitness

Ledflex from Indigo Fitness is an interactive fitness system that allows operators to take fitness rooms to another level with a simple technology.

With Ledflex, LED lights are inserted into PaviFlex flooring and walls. They have proximity sensors, allowing them to be used with feet, hands or sport accessories like balls and boxing gloves, enabling PTs to create and save interactive training programmes.

Installation is straightforward – PaviFlex flooring is puzzle interlocked and the lights are inserted, then connected to Wi-Fi via a router. The system can then be used with an app on a tablet or smartphone. www.indigofitness.com

Ledflex from Indigo Fitness can be used to create interactive training programmes
http://www.leisureopportunities.com/images/imagesX/HCM2019_6floor.jpg
With functional training continuing to grow in popularity, the floor is often as important as any equipment. We take a look at the latest interactive options
Latest News
Women's fashion magazine Stylist has entered the fitness market by opening a female-only boutique studio ...
Latest News
Creating opportunities for older people to get physically active represents a major driver for growth ...
Latest News
Australian fitness franchise F45 has secured deals to open sites in emerging markets across the ...
Latest News
The Bannatyne Group has completed a £750,000 redevelopment of its latest acquisition, the historic Cookridge ...
Latest News
Corporate fitness sales specialist Gympass has secured additional financial backing believed to be around US$300m ...
Latest News
Three-time National Basketball Association (NBA) Champion Draymond Green has opened his first Blink Fitness gym ...
Latest News
Ukactive has set out on a membership consultation, asking for views on how the not-for-profit ...
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Northumbria University (NU) has set out to uncover in detail the important role that structured ...
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Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Myzone vs. wrist trackers
According to ACSM’s Health and Fitness Journal, wearables trumped the top spot for trends in 2019. However, the question between Myzone or wrist trackers still stands.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Crown overhaul changing rooms at Saunton Sands spa
Saunton Sands Hotel in Devon, UK, has completed a £2m expansion of its spa and wellness facilities.
Opinion
promotion
Member retention is a growing problem for long-established gym chains, who are battling the growing budget and boutique gym market.
Opinion: Are you trying to beat budget gyms at their own game?
Company profiles
Company profile: TVS Group
The TVS Group supply and install sports and fitness flooring to a wide range of ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Dyaco UK Ltd
Dyaco UK Limited offers a versatile range of world-class commercial, medical and home fitness equipment ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Exercise equipment
Matrix Fitness: Exercise equipment
Audio visual
Hutchison Technologies: Audio visual
Whole body cryotherapy
Zimmer MedizinSysteme GmbH / icelab: Whole body cryotherapy
Trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: Trade associations
Lockers/interior design
Fitlockers: Lockers/interior design
Management software
GymSales: Management software
Flooring
Total Vibration Solutions Ltd: Flooring
Spa software
ResortSuite: Spa software
Skincare
Sothys: Skincare
Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Kemitron GmbH: Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Property & Tenders
Will to Win
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
26-27 Jun 2019
Villa Park, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Diary dates
06-07 Jul 2019
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
Diary dates
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