The wraps have come off the new state-of-the-art gym at Poulton health and fitness centre.
From today (Monday) members will be introduced to the latest innovations in fitness technology.
As part of a major redevelopment, Wyre Council and the YMCA have invested heavily in cardio and resistance equipment that personalise workouts, track results and even integrate with individual programmes away from the gym courtesy of a rather nifty mobile app.
The centre now boasts 49 fitness stations powered by market leader Life Fitness. Integrated TV and internet features are also built into the kit so people can create bespoke entertainment as they train.
And for added motivation, the Synrgy functional training system (pictured above) means they can join in live group workouts with YMCA instructors in the gym.
A new purpose built fitness studio is also now open, bringing everything under one roof for the first time and hosting a diverse range of classes from energetic spinning, kettlebells and insanity, to the more relaxing Pilates.
This is the first phase of the multi-million pound development that will also see a luxurious but affordable spa, beauty and relaxation experience open in the centre early next year.
Councillor Lynne Bowen, Cabinet member with responsibility for leisure at Wyre Council said: “We promised to reinvent leisure by investing in our Poulton and Thornton centres, so it’s only right that we fill them with equipment offering something a little bit different.
“The swimming pool is recently refurbished and very soon we will have the kind of spa that wouldn’t look out of place in a top hotel. The result will be a centre fit for the future with a much wider appeal than before.”
Mike Vernon, YMCA’s Director of Physical Activity (pictured above with YMCA Members) added: “We’re bringing the latest fitness technology to the Fylde Coast, allowing the exerciser to integrate their personal mobile and wearable devices or use the built-in features to track and record progress during their workout.
“It’s a privilege to be at the forefront and our fitness instructors and Y:Active health team are excited to embrace the potential of this new equipment in helping make it even easier for everyone to build physical activity into their lives at home, in the gym and on the go.”
Meanwhile, work continues to build a new bowling alley, extreme sports facility, 3G pitches and fitness suite at Thornton, which is expected to open in the New Year.
More details about both projects can be found at reinventingleisure.co.uk. Membership packages can also be found online at ymcayactive.org