If your new year's resolution is to get fit, then check out the Link Centre gym, which has had a £400,000 facelift.
As well as personal TV and ipod docking stations, and a 'virtual' personal trainer, the gym now has RPM (Raw Power in Motion) bikes, dubbed the calorie killer by Link Centre programming manager Dave Maine.
RPM can burn up 600 calories in a 45 minute session, according to Dave.
"It's a high intensity, low impact programme," said Dave. "Customers love the intense nature of RPM. It's simple – sit on a stationary bike and pedal. Like Marmite, you'll either love it or hate it, and most love it."
The gym, which is in the same location as before, includes:
• all new equipment;
• refurbished changing rooms;
• Power Plates (accelerated training aids – as used by Madonna).
Dave added, "each customer's programme is loaded onto their personal key, so they know exactly what to do next, for how long and how hard. Customers can review their results on touch screens and this enables us to 'virtually' personally train every customer to get the results they want."
Right, ready to help you get fit, Wendy Humphries, Alex Rumbole, Maria Hesson
Link Centre have two great new year offers for January:
• pay as you go so that you can try before you join and,
• unlimited access to all fitness facilities at all council sites for £1 a day.
At the end of the January you'll have the option of joining for the year, saving the £31 you’ve already paid, or go onto pay as you go, with no commitment.
The new gym opens in mid-January but the existing equipment is still available until that time in the temporary facility in the main hall.
Kids get their own fitness space
Young people will soon have their own dedicated fitness studio at Link Centre offering a range of fun equipment and classes.
Set up in the former snooker room, the aim is to get youngsters into fitness whilst removing the tedium of physical workouts.
Dave Maine from the centre said, "we run MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition…Do it) courses which are dedicated to reducing obesity levels, which include education on healthy eating for families, confidence building and physical activity.
“The problem is where do the families and children go after MEND because there are no dedicated facilities. We've started kids fitness classes like Musical Theatre and Street Dance. The new fitness facilities will allow children and families to get active from a very early age."
The family fitness studio includes:
• an interactive reaction wall;
• wireless dance mat system;
• hydraulic resistance stations;
• wobble boards;
For over 11s there will be:
• Teen NRG classes with instructors trained in adolescence fitness, offering fun, interactive, sessions to stay active without joining a sports club or team;
• Teen SpinRG. Junior RPM with great music and easy to follow programmes on the spin bike.
Family fitness sessions will also be offered where parents and carers can join in these fun activities with the teens.
MEND for 2010: Courses at Link Centre, Greendown and Dorcan start in January. See details at: