Not only have Lifelines members recently received the benefits of a fantastic new gym and luxury changing rooms, they also now have an added bonus of a new functional training zone to carry out more dynamic exercises.
Functional training is becoming more and more popular but requires a reasonable amount of space to perform such exercises. We have therefore looked to utilise one of our squash courts for this type of training and depending on how popular this turns out to be with our gym members, it could well become a permanent fixture.
What are the benefits of Functional Training?
Functional gym training offers a multitude of benefits that extend beyond merely building muscle. This dynamic approach to fitness focuses on movements that replicate real-life activities, enhancing overall physical functionality and promoting practical strength. By engaging multiple muscle groups simultaneously, it improves coordination, balance, and flexibility, reducing the risk of injuries in everyday activities. Additionally, functional training can boost core strength, posture, and stability, leading to improved athletic performance and better body mechanics.
What equipment will be available?
Functional training utilises very simple but effective equipment, our FT Zone will have the following:
Steps Inclined sit-up bench
Pads & Gloves workout space
The decision to transform one of our squash courts into a functional training area is a result of careful consideration and analysis of our courts usage patterns over the last few years. Unfortunately, we have witnessed a gradual decrease in squash bookings during this time, while there has been a significant increase in demand for functional training facilities among our gym members.
If the trial does prove to be a success, rest assured that we value the sport of squash and will do our utmost to ensure that the remaining squash court remains accessible and well-maintained for those who continue to enjoy the game.