Continuing with its programme to provide members, guests and professional sporting teams with first-class facilities, the Vale Resort in Hensol has invested £400,000 in upgrading its gym facilities.
In the largest refurbishment of the gym in its 18-year history, the four-star resort, famous for attracting world-class sporting teams including Juventus who are set to descend this weekend, has installed state-of-the-art digital technology across all machines. It has added the latest fitness equipment to its cardio and free weight areas, and given the whole place a fresh new look. It is hoped the investment will add value to its 3,000-plus members, helping them achieve even better results in a shorter time frame.
“The team has worked so hard to get the gym running perfectly for our members, guests and visiting sports stars, and we’re extremely proud of the result,” said Joanna Church, leisure operations manager.
“We stripped everything back during a hectic week, installing Technogym’s latest equipment that not only provides DAB radio, TV and internet access across all new and existing machines, but also Technogym’s mywellness app, which allows members to sync what they do in the gym with other popular health and lifestyle apps and wearables they may use, such as Fitbit, Runkeeper and Strava.”
The gym has 80 brand new cardiovascular and resistance machines with a designated ‘HIIT’ zone (high intensity interval training). New additions include Wattbikes, favoured by world-leading athletes including Andy Murray and the British and Irish Lions squad. The stationary bikes, originally developed for professional and amateur cyclists, feature in the Vale Resort’s new HIIT classes and not only measure your power, speed and heart rate, but also analyse your pedalling technique.
Other new additions to the facility include two Technogym SkillMill treadmills – a non-motorised treadmill with a resistance lever to allow for a variety of power, speed, stamina and agility exercises, as well as two ‘Excite + Climb’ Technogym’s machines, which offer a high calorie burn where you can try virtual workouts that simulate climbing Mount Etna or scaling the fjords of Norway.
Half-squat stations have also been installed, where members can practice their lifts. New classes using these squat racks will teach members safe and correct lifting techniques. In addition to this, Tanita digital body fat and weight scales will enable members to measure their body composition, before recording and tracking those details in the mywellness app.
Paul Beddoe, sales and marketing director at the Vale Resort, said: “This significant investment in the gym signals our commitment to providing the very best customer experience for our members and guests and the new equipment is to the standard that professional athletes are accustomed to train with.
“The gym makeover follows a recent series of refurbishments here at the Vale Resort, seeing cumulatively more than £900,000 invested across multiple areas of our business in 2017 as we bolster our position as one of Wales’ leading resorts.”