High Life Highland officially opened its new strength and conditioning suite at Inverness Leisure earlier today. The new facility is now open to members for inductions and is a vast improvement on the previous offering.
The new space has been created as a result of a partnership with sportscotland which secured £37,404 National Lottery funding for the development.
The new area is more than 4 times the size of space previously available and includes 6 weightlifting platforms and racks, complete with Olympic bumper weights and a conditioning area with cardio and resistance equipment.
New performance impact flooring has been laid throughout which incorporates a fantastic specification 20m agility turf runway.
Commenting on the new facility Douglas Wilby Director of Sport and Leisure for High Life Highland said, “I am delighted that our partnership with sportscotland has once again been successful in providing funding to improve what is on offer for our highlife members and local athletes. Improving the facility in this way gives us the flexibility to increase our personal training, small group fitness classes and woman’s weightlifting classes.”
Depute Provost and local ward Councillor Graham Ross said: “This is a great example of a partnership project working well and investment which will offer real benefits to aspiring athletes, clubs and the wider local community here in Inverness enabling them to lead more active lives.”
Local golfer Hannah McCook who had just finished a sportscotland training session said “’I am fortunate to have used the gym here in Inverness since I joined the sportscotland institute of sport network in 2009. To now see it develop into this world class facility is very exciting for all the athletes here, and for the city.
“The more space we have, the more Highland athletes that can develop and progress in their sport.”
Inverness Leisure are taking bookings for inductions for the new suite with over 90 people signed up in the first two days.
Concluding Douglas Wilby said, “The response so far has been excellent with demand for sessions already high and we would expect that to continue over the coming weeks as more people realise what is available as part of their highlife membership.”