A very excited team of people from Live Active Leisure and Perthshire Rugby, officially announced the opening of the highly-anticipated strength and conditioning gym at Bell's Sports Centre. Delivered as a project between Live Active Leisure and Perthshire Rugby Club, the new, state-of-the-art strength and conditioning gym and coach education room has had a joint total investment of £88,000 - and it's now open for the whole community to benefit from!
Studies show that expert strength and conditioning tuition can make a real difference to an athlete’s performance, power and mental strengthThe project was funded in part by a £41,500 grant secured by Perthshire Rugby in the final round of Scottish Rugby’s Club Sustainability Fund awards.
This additional funding allowed for an exemplar facility to be installed with Perform Better equipment, the recognised market leader for this type of installation, delivering a superior finish to the new gym.
Gary Watson, Director of Operational Services for LAL, commented, “Our partnership with Perthshire Rugby stretches back to the seventies, and this project has gone a long way to deepening and strengthening that relationship.
From securing the initial funding award, to the execution of the project, both parties have worked hard to ensure the end result brings real benefit to both the performance athletes at the club, and our wider customer base. I'm proud to report that the end result is exemplary in terms of a modern strength and conditioning facility.”
Equipment in the new gym includes:
1. It improves general health
Strength and conditioning training coupled with a broader exercise routine and good nutrition will have a signicficant positive effect on your overall health and wellbeing.
2. It helps build long-term lifestyle changes
Strength and conditioning training is a great way to improve your “movement quality” so that you will enjoy your exercise routine more, making you more likely to keep it going!
3. It improves sporting performance
If sport is your thing, then a sport-specific strengthening and conditioning program will improve your speed, strength, agility, endurance and muscle strength.
4. It builds healthy bones
Regular weight bearing exercise and strengthening work can help prevent osteoporosis and bone fractures. additionally, stronger bones lead to a stronger musculoskeletal system which allows you to exercise safely and avoid injury.
5. It can help prevent injury
Adhering to a well-designed program will strengthen muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints, which will lead to fewer injuries. A good program will also address flexibility and strength deficits, which decreases injury.
6. Enjoy faster rehab
If you do suffer an injury but work at keeping your other muscles strong, it’s been proven that you will bounce back quicker.
7. It improves overall posture
Proper muscle conditioning helps you lift and hold your body upright, as a result of which, your spine, joints, organs and whole body, will sit in better alignment.
8. It raises your metabolism
You will increase your metabolism by developing more muscle mass through strengthening and conditioning exercises.
9. It helps improve balance
Regular strength training leads to better muscle control and balance. As a result, you’re less likely to fall, and if you do fall - as in point 5, your injury will be less severe.
10. It prevents obesity
When you build muscle, you burn more calories, therefore, strength training can actually prevent obesity. Many studies have shown that keeping your body fat down adds years to your life.
The new gym at Bell's means that now is a great time to begin a strength and conditioning programme. Access to this gym is only permitted if you have completed a Strength Induction which is different to LAL's standard gym equipment due to the equipment and exercises involved.
Strength Inductions are available by appointment. Please Tel 01738 454647
Strength and Conditioning Gym access for all customers will be available:
Monday to Friday from 07:15am to 11pm.
Sat: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Sun: 9.00am - 10.00pm
As well as this, Live Active Leisure's fitness team have created exciting new classes - included a Women's Lifting Session - that will build confidence and technique for those who wish to use this facility. Initial demand for this has proven to be high so do make sure you book. Download the Bell's Class Programme here >>>
Tuesday (women only) 8pm - 9pm | Wednesday (for all) 8pm - 9pm
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