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3D Visualiser joins Precor

Daniel Marques has joined leading fitness equipment manufacturer and supplier Precor in the role of 3D Visualiser. Marques, originally from Argentina and fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, has a degree in Architecture and more than a decade of Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) artistic experience. He will be producing 3D digital content imagery and animations during the design stage of Precor proposals to help bring client sites to life. Marques started working with computer-generated imagery in his late...

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Precor to launch Spinner® Bikes at International Fitness Showcase

Leading fitness equipment supplier and manufacturer Precor will be launching three new Spinner® bikes to the indoor cycling market at the Spinning Showcase, part of the International Fitness Showcase (IFS) in Blackpool. Featuring a Spinning Theatre Bar with classes for all, a Spinning Lecture Room and Spinning workshops the IFS event will be held from 18th to 20th March at the Winter Gardens. Uniting more than 20 years’ experience of indoor cycling from Spinning with...

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Paralympian John Domandl to keynote at active-net Australasia

Paralympian John Domandl will be the keynote speaker at active-net Australasia. Aged 55, the vision-impaired triathlete, ironman, marathon runner and adventurer has finished more 100 triathlons, five marathons, and one 24-hour ultramarathon. He is the first legally blind person in the world to complete an ultraman triathlon (10km swim, 420km bike and 84km double marathon) and is the world’s only person to complete all triathlon distances (from sprint to ironman) as a sighted person and a...

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Impulse Leisure re-launches Belhus Park

Impulse Leisure has officially re-launched its Belhus Park centre following a £400,000 redevelopment to create a modern, fully social media and internet enabled facility. The new-look, open plan gym has increased from 38 to 65 workout stations to cater for growing demand with an extended free weights area and a wider selection of cables, benches and dumbbells supplied by Technogym. New cardiovascular equipment including more recumbent and upright bikes, treadmills, cross-trainers and rowing machines have been installed...

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Precor adds to its plate-loaded Discovery Series Strength range

Precor is introducing five new pieces to its plate-loaded Discovery Series Strength range. The angled leg press, hack squat, power rack, half rack and multi-adjustable bench will be released throughout the Spring. The leg press features a 45 degree angled carriage sled and an optimised seat design for precise body positioning and support. The weight horns allow for easy loading and an oversized, curved foot platform gives a solid, smooth and secure user experience. The intuitive hack squat...

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Sector leaders to discuss new government Sports Strategy at active-net 2016

A high-powered industry panel will discuss and debate the industry’s response to the Government’s Sporting Future – A New Strategy for an Active Nation at this year’s active-net, taking place at Loughborough University on the 27th and 28th of April. Sport England’s Property Director, Charles Johnston, will make a presentation on Sport England’s response to the new strategy before joining an industry panel including Mark Allman, Chair of CLOA, Vince Mayne, CEO of BUCS and Phil...

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Quest announces exciting changes to support new government strategy

Quest, the sport and leisure industry’s leading quality scheme, has announced a raft of changes aimed at making it even stronger and more relevant, in line with both government and Sport England thinking. The changes, unveiled at the annual Quest & NBS Conference in Loughborough on 10 February, will be rolled out this autumn and are designed to support Sport England as it works towards the goals of the government’s new strategy on sport. Caroline Constantine, Quest’s...

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Right Directions offers guidance around new health and safety fines

Rather than posing a threat, the new sentencing guidelines for safety offences, which came into effect on 1 February 2016, should provide an easy reference for operators, who until now may not have fully understood the implications of a lack or disregard of health and safety. The figures from our latest industry accident benchmarking tool STITCH show that 84% of recorded incidents, such as running into a squash racquet, colliding with a wall during 5 a...

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Public starting to understand correlation between activity and health says HAFOS

The public are truly beginning to understand the importance of physical activity in improving or maintaining health, according to the Health and Fitness Omnibus Survey (HAFOS), which saw a leap from 25% of people citing this as their motive to exercise in 2011 to 55% of people in 2015. The stats are part of a six-year review of HAFOS released by Leisure-net Solutions ahead of this year’s research, which will take place in March and focus...

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Oxygen Freejumping and Right Directions join forces to create sector safety guidelines

Oxygen Freejumping, the UK’s largest trampoline park operator, has joined forces with health and safety and quality management expert, Right Directions, to create a Trampoline Park Safety Operating Plan (TPSOP). Right Directions, which delivers Sport England’s quality scheme Quest, as well as ukactive’s Code of Practice, has been working with Oxygen Freejumping since July 2015 to develop specific guidance for trampoline parks, similar to the industry-recognised swimming pool guidance. Following a risk assessment process, the TPSOP sets...

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