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News - 28 January 2011
Council Leader, Mary Mears gets fit

New £450,000 gym to open at King Alfred Leisure Centre

The gym at Hove ’s King Alfred Leisure Centre has been turned into a state-of-the-art facility by a £450,000 investment from the council. The gym offers people an opportunity to get fit without the stress of paying long-term expensive membership fees.

The old, redundant café has been transformed, with over 40 stations of brand new Life Fitness cardiovascular and resistance training equipment.  A dedicated spinning studio adjoins the gym area with 12 Star Trac spinning cycles.

New equipment includes six treadmills five cross trainers, four upright bikes and three recumbent bikes.

 Other machines include three stair climbers four rowing machines and 17 new pieces of resistance training equipment. 

Male and female changing rooms, toilets and showers have been revamped, along with new, efficient air conditioning and a modern audio-visual system.

 Cabinet councillor for recreation David Smith said,  “We promised to improve the King Alfred in the current building and this is what we’re delivering.  This will become the biggest and best public leisure centre in the city, encouraging local people to get fit as the nation turns its attention to sports and the London Olympics.

“It will offer the best possible value in these hard-pressed times with no need for expensive memberships.”   

The new gym opened this week.  There is a special celebration weekend on Jan 29 and 30.  The first 50 people through the door on each day will get a free Life Fitness goody bag.

Unlike many gyms, customers visit on a ‘pay-as-you-go’ basis, without the need for expensive membership.  The council says this is ideal for casual users who prefer to pay on each visit.  The gym also offers competitive rates for those paying by direct debit.  Special deals offer savings for regular users.  

Joining simply involves a short induction course with one of the centre’s qualified fitness instructors. 

 Details are on and there is a computer-generated video of the new facilities on YouTube.

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