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Upgrade on the way for HLH Dingwall and Black Isle gyms

Dingwall Leisure Centre will be the latest High Life Highland facility to benefit from an ongoing programme to upgrade gyms across the charity’s network when it reopens after the festive period on Wednesday 4 January 2023.

Installation of the new Technogym equipment will take place over the festive period, with work beginning on 12 December 2022. The range of equipment to be installed will include new cardio and skill equipment including recline and upright bikes, treadmills, synchros, a skill bike, skill mill and skill rows.

Strength equipment will include chest press, dual abductor/adductor, dual pec/reverse fly, leg press, leg curl, leg extension, shoulder press, vertical traction, chin dip, multipower, flat bench, hip thruster, cable stations and additional power racks with various barbells.  The upgrade also includes additional functional kit including the omnia, skillbench with hex dumbells, resistance bands, slam balls, kettlebells and plyoboxes.

Mark Tate, chair of the HLH Board, said:

“Giving communities across the Highlands affordable access to leisure, swimming and gym facilities is core to what High Life Highland delivers to the wellbeing of our communities, particularly as families are facing increasing pressures on their finances. Being able to continue to invest in facilities during these times and as we continue to recover from the pandemic is really important. highlife membership offers affordable access to a whole range of facilities, why not pop along to a Highlife centre to see what is on offer and, if you are not yet a member, explore the affordable membership options available.”

Lisa MacDonald, Dingwall Leisure Centre manager said:

“We are delighted to bring the new equipment to the Dingwall gym, offering our members and guests the very latest equipment and a significant upgrade across all of the current offer. With more space having been made available too, it will be a more enjoyable experience for our customers. In the first few weeks the focus will be on inductions, ensuring everyone is able to use the new equipment safely. We will be closing the gym soon to begin the installation – and if we get ahead of schedule, we might even manage to reopen earlier than planned – keep an eye on our facebook page for details.”

The Dingwall Leisure Centre induction process will be updated to take into account the change in the equipment.  Each area of the gym (the main gym and the strength room) will require an induction and these will be bookable separately. There will be inductions available for different skill levels with more details available from the leisure centre.

Fitness room users who have previously completed an induction and PAR-Q are not required to undergo a further full induction although they may find it useful to do so.  The fitness room will be manned at various times for the first few weeks to deal with any customer queries.

The High Life Highland facility in Dingwall will be open to members for inductions from Wednesday 4 January 2023. Inductions can be booked online 7 days in advance by visiting www.highlifehighland.com

The new gym adds to the existing offer at Dingwall which includes a swimming pool, steam room, sports halls and varied programme.  To allow for the fitness suite refurbishment to take place, both the main gym and the strength and conditioning room will be closed from Monday 12 December 2022. It is planned to reopen both areas on Wednesday 4 January 2023.

For more information, visit https://www.highlifehighland.com/dingwall-leisure-centre/ or https://www.facebook.com/dingwallleisurecentre/ .

At the same time, High Life Highland is delighted to announce that some exciting changes will also be happening at the Black Isle Leisure Centre in Fortrose. Here, additional equipment will be added to the fitness suite, expanding it over a larger area to include the following:  dual adjustable pulley, Olympic flat bench, half rack, abdominal crunch, low row, adjustable bench, skill row, skill bench and upgraded treadmills.

To find out more, visit the Black Isle Leisure Centre where there is a display in the reception area. More details of the induction process for the new equipment at the Black Isle Leisure Centre will be available in due course. To prepare for the transformation of fitness suite, the Black Isle Leisure Centre will be closed on 19, 20 and 21 December 2022.