Club targets your good health

PUBLISHED: 13:05 08 July 2009 | UPDATED: 15:17 20 February 2013

State-of-the-art equipment and facilities means people of all ages and abilities can get fit at Bannatyne's

State-of-the-art equipment and facilities means people of all ages and abilities can get fit at Bannatyne's

Bannatyne's Health Club in Shrewsbury has taken delivery of specialist exercise equipment designed for people with limited lower-body movement.
The installation of new Technogym Top XT machines is part of the latest upgrade of equipment available at the health club, which also includes additional treadmills and rowing machines.
Focusing on the muscle groups in the shoulders, arms and chest, the Top XT allows members recovering from lower-body injuries or with limited mobility to undertake cardiovascular exercise.
Users 'cycle' with their arms, which works upper-body muscles and the cardiovascular system to strengthen the heart and build stamina.
Alvin Ward, General Manager of Bannatyne's Health Club says: "Cardiovascular exercise is a very important part of living a healthy lifestyle and the Top XT helps break down some of the barriers preventing people with lower-body mobility issues from benefiting from this type of activity."
"Bannatyne's is a very inclusive health club providing exercise and wellbeing opportunities for people of all fitness levels. These new machines are very much part of that belief.
"All of the new equipment is part of our continuing investment in the membership experience at Bannatyne's. An increasing number of people in Shrewsbury have put their Bannatyne's membership at the heart of their healthy lifestyles and it is important that we meet their needs with a large and varied range of facilities and equipment."
Also installed at Bannatyne's are two additional Cardio Wave machines, which are multi-directional cross-trainers that works the gluteus and lower-back muscles.
Bannatyne's has increased its gymnasium equipment to widen exercise opportunities for members and to meet increased demand for equipment at peak times.
Based at the Meole Brace Golf Course, the £5million health club provides a large selection of high quality health and leisure facilities and has a membership of almost 3,000 people.
The club, which opened in December 2005, is set against the backdrop of the municipal golf course and provides a free 180-space car park to members.
Including a 20-metre deck-level swimming pool, Bannatyne's Health Club also offers a sauna, steam and spa bath as part of its spa area.
The club's spa presents both fitness and relaxation opportunities for members. The heated pool has both dedicated lanes and free-swimming zones and hosts a number of water-based classes. Swimming lessons have also recently been added to the club's timetable for members of all ages.
Upstairs, a large gym is fitted with the latest in cardio and resistance equipment as well as a free weights area.
Cardio equipment, such as treadmills, exercise bikes and cross trainers, all have built-in plasma screens so members can enjoy TV and radio programmes during their workouts.
Bannatyne's team of fitness professionals are on hand to develop individual exercise programmes for members as well as offering personal training sessions.
Each new member receives a simple fitness evaluation to assess their abilities, which is developed into a programme that is regularly reviewed to provide new challenges and targets.
Fully air-conditioned, the health club features three fitness studios offering over 80 membership-inclusive classes. The timetable of classes also features sessions that have been requested by members, such as pilates, yoga and bodypump.
Bannatyne's have also introduced 'Kids Club', available to children aged 5-15, allowing parents to take advantage of the facilities while their children are supervised by a member of staff.
Another successful Bannatyne innovation that features prominently in the health club's timetable is its Young @ Heart programmes.
Aimed at mature members, 'Young @ Heart' blends specially-designed exercise programmes with social events.
The 'Young @ Heart' sessions include light aerobics, low impact aqua aerobics, yoga and pilates. In addition to the classes, low impact cardiovascular and resistance training programmes have been created by Bannatyne's fitness professionals, which can be individually tailored to the members' healthy lifestyle needs.
Also recently introduced at Bannatyne's is a new weight management programme, 'Plan B'. Designed to be adapted to suit the requirements of individuals, 'Plan B' does not preach, but guides and encourages members to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
Focusing on gaining maximum nutrition from key food groups and empowering members to develop and understand their diet, the programme offers support and expert advice to make the essential dietary and lifestyle changes for effective long-term weight management.
Alvin says: "Bannatyne's has become an established part of the community through its connections with the golf club and as more people are recognising the need for regular exercise and a structured approach to a healthy lifestyle. Bannatyne's caters for every level of fitness and will assist and advise our members to meet their healthy targets."
Bannatyne's, Oteley Road, Meole Brace, Shrewsbury, tel: 01742 235523, www.bannatynes.co.uk

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