Darwen Leisure Centre’s plans for a new gym experience

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The Leisure Centre, which opened in 2010, will create a completely new gym experience for members, including an updated layout, state-of-the-art equipment and new flooring. All this will be achieved at no additional cost to the council.

A large functional training area with a purpose built, freestanding gym rig, which can accommodate functional and suspended body weight training, will also be introduced to the gym area.

Darwen Leisure Centre has taken feedback during a consultation period with members. An overwhelming number of members said they wanted to see a bigger and better range of gym equipment.

The new equipment, provided by Precor, will include: state-of-the-art-touch screen CV equipment, top-of-the-range spinning bikes, purpose-built HIIT cardio equipment and a dedicated weight training area.

Work is expected to be carried out over the Christmas period to minimise the impact on members. Exercise class and pool timetables are expected to remain the same during the renovation.

Councillor Damian Talbot, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s Executive Member for Leisure and Culture, said: “This is fantastic news for residents and everyone who uses Darwen Leisure Centre. This investment has been achieved without any additional financial cost to the council and so represents great value for money as well as improving the offer for customers.

“It is important that we continue to provide the best service possible in challenging times and this achieves just that. The changes will be a huge improvement to the customer experience at Darwen Leisure Centre and bring the gym right up to date. I’m excited to see how it will all look when it’s finished.”

Dominic Harrison, Director of Public Health and Well-being, said: “The Investment at Darwen Leisure Centre is fantastic news as part of our mission to support residents to be more active, more often. We recognise that fitness trends and expectations from customers have changed over the years and it’s important to try respond to those.

“Evidence shows that physical activity has a huge impact on overall health and wellbeing and the new Darwen Leisure Centre gym will play an active role in attracting new people to physical activity as well as making the experience more interesting and exciting for those who are already active.”

The Leisure Centre is hoping to minimise disruption to members during quietest period of the year for gym goers whilst they undergo these exciting improvements.