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Strength: Space race

Do you need strength training kit that fits a smaller space? Julie Fisher takes a look at the options

Published in Health Club Management 2019 issue 4
Marc Edwards Jordan – HIIT Bench
Marc Edwards is head master trainer at the Jordan Academy

Designed and manufactured in the UK, the new Jordan HIIT Bench offers a 3-in-1 multi-functional training station; bench, plyo and storage unit, and is suitable for boutique gyms, studios with smaller spaces or larger gyms that want a moveable unit.

Featuring storage for a 2-12kg Jordan Chrome or Urethane Dumbbell set, two Kettlebells, a medicine ball, as well as smaller items, such as a skipping rope or power bands/stretch bands, it also comes with a battlerope attachment offering a full body workout. Its plyo surface adds another level of functionality to this compact fitness bench.

Marc Edwards, head master trainer at Jordan Training Academy says: “As the rise of boutique and commercial concept spaces, like énergie’s thé Yard, looks set to continue throughout 2019 and beyond, and with millennial members seeking more personalised training and fitness experiences, the need for smaller footprint equipment is greater than ever.

"With millennial members seeking more personalised training and fitness experiences, the need for smaller footprint equipment is greater than ever"

“Our HIIT bench offers a small footprint with big potential. It’s can be a focal point for many modes of functional training that, programmed correctly and with the right equipment/accessories, can cater for small group PT and classes.”

With gyms looking to customise their environments, the HIIT bench can feature a logo and choice of brand colour and selected bench fabric.

The new Jordan HIIT bench
Steve Carter Precor – Vitality Series
Steve Carter

The space-saving Vitality Series strength range from Precor offers operators a conditioning circuit with a natural feel and ease of use.

The range has eighteen machines, including ten single-use stations, seven dual-use units and one multi-use machine.

Steve Carter, MD at Precor UK, says: “While many operators are removing cardio units to make space for functional fitness, our smaller footprint and dual-use strength kit offer another way to create space.

"Smaller footprint kit with single- or dual-function enables gyms to offer a high level of strength training, while providing the flexibility to create bigger functional areas.

"Smaller footprint kit with single- or dual-function enables gyms to offer a high level of strength training, while providing the flexibility to create bigger functional areas"

The need for strength
“Whether a small boutique or a large community facility, the need to provide strength equipment remains; so it’s how you maximise your floor space and provide exercisers with choice, functionality and an overall great exercise experience that matters.

"However minimal the offering, it’s important to make the most of your strength area with key pieces. For example, the dual-use Vitality Series Pulldown/Seated Row or Leg Press/Calf Extension both give exercisers the ability to work on different muscles using one machine, with all the functionality of larger pieces.

Grips with multiple positions, easy-to-adjust seats, and a simple push of a leaver to engage add-on weight are just some of the benefits that make these machines easy to use.

"Making the environment as welcoming as possible is also key to encouraging usage, so our machines incorporate lower height stacks, which make them more inviting, as members can see across the gym floor, while instructional placards help with ease of use," says Carter.

The S-Line Shoulder Press
Precor’s smaller footprint kit has been designed to enable operators to get more value from the gym floor
Jodi Phillips Life Fitness - Optima Series
Jodi Phillips

The Optima series from Life Fitness includes selectorised units, benches and a dual adjustable pulley, and delivers the essential strength training needs of every exerciser, in a clean and compact design appropriate for any facility.

Jodi Phillips, regional sales manager at Life Fitness, says: “Small footprint strength equipment is often the go-to line when designing a facility in a limited space that needs to incorporate the four areas required in a gym – CV, selectorised, free weights and functional training.

Varying demographics
“The Optima small footprint strength line allows us to design spaces that meet the varying needs of the demographic who use a facility, from the more experienced to those with a limited range of motion.

"In particular for our clients in the hospitality sector, the Optima series and its effectiveness for both returning and new exercisers also supports training in unmanned facilities"

In particular, for our clients in the hospitality sector, the Optima series and its effectiveness for both returning and new exercisers also supports training in unmanned facilities.

“We recently installed the series in the Brend Hotel at Saunton Sands, fully utilising the available space, making it as versatile as possible for both hotel guests and its predominantly ageing membership.

Smith Machine
“The Smith Machine offers a lower leg and bench-press option for those with more experience and for one-to-one guidance, while the ease of use and approachable design of the Leg Extension Curl and the Lat Pulldown/Low Row allow the active ageing community to learn what muscle groups they’re training and the motion they need to execute, making for an inviting introduction to strength training, without the need for guidance.”

The Life Fitness Optima range includes selectorised units, benches and a dual adjustable pulley
Peter Rigg Core Health and Fitness- Impact Strength
Peter Rigg

Instinct Strength, from Core Health and Fitness, is a line of compact machines with adjustments that offer users a quick and complete workout.

Suitable for exercisers of all levels, the range lends itself to either a basic strength area or a circuit system and includes dual machines with lock ‘n’ load weight stacks so members can complete a circuit on their own in thirty minutes.

Peter Rigg, EMEA director at Core Health and Fitness says: “It’s the versatility of small footprint machines that enable operators to get the most from a minimal space. It’s also important that exercisers can switch exercises easily and quickly.”

"It’s the versatility of small footprint machines that enable operators to get the most from a minimal space"

He continues: “The range lends itself to facilities that have limited space and we’ve installed it in multi-housing sites, student accommodation and corporate facilities, as well as in HM Prisons, all of which wanted to maximise their strength offering with minimal pieces.”

The Instinct Strength range includes a selection of twelve single and six dual pieces.

The Instinct Strength range by Core Health and Fitness has twelve single and six dual pieces
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