With the jumpers and coats coming off for the arrival of spring, it’s time to shake off that winter layer and get back into the gym. As well as a fifty-meter swimming pool and world-renowned tennis facilities recently used for the women’s Federation Cup, the Sports Village has a new Team Bath Gym and Fitness Centre.
Complete with a double tier-extension, two dedicated studio spaces, and the latest high-tech strength and conditioning apparatus, the new gym will work in unison with existing facilities, adding more than double the gym space currently available. Both students and general members of the public will be able to enjoy a vast range of new gym equipment, including over seventy new stations, a range of lifting platforms and a free weights area, as well as battle ropes for anyone dreaming of looking like Anthony Joshua.
Bath Time attended the exclusive opening ceremony on Tuesday 26th February, along with an array of University staff and alumni, including the likes of celebrity athletes and ex-University of Bath students, Lewis Moody, Amy Williams, and Jason Gardener. England Rugby World Cup winner Moody and Vancouver 2010 Olympic skeleton champion Williams both delivered free group training sessions for students and members of the public.
Williams, a regular user of the STV, commended the new facility, telling Bath Time “this new gym is going to be a great training place for performance athletes, students, the general public – anyone who wants to keep fit. It is just a great space for exercise.”
We also spoke with the University’s Vice-President, Professor Steve Egan, who praised the additional space the new gym would bring to the Sports Training Village, as well as the input the Students’ Union had in championing the creation of the new space. In addition, the acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bernie Morley, commended the additional area, saying that it will benefit both “the University Community and the City of Bath community as a whole”.
The new facilities exhibit a dual focus on exercise classes and free weights. The top floor is devoted to classes and lighter lifting, for those who perhaps find the incessant grunting of the weights area both intimidating and annoying. Within this there is a separate studio, complete with full-length mirrors and a springed wooden floor where exercise classes will be held here for up to 30 people, with the potential for over 100 every week. Catering for the needs of every digitally-focussed millennial student, the Team Bath app allows members to view timetables and book classes.
Underneath this exists weights-focussed room, with an array of racks, dumbbells and cables, as well as cardio machines and spaces for individual exercise. Bath Time was told that this doubles the free weights area of the gym, negating a common complaint surrounding the previous issues of work-out space.
Understandably, the announcement of the new gym has caused excitement at a venue which is already highly renowned for its facilities, so much so that it helped the University win the Sunday Times ‘Sports University of the Year 2018’.
As part of the University’s ambition to offer a range of student mental health services, the SU Sports Officer, Andy Galloway, has successfully campaigned for an exercise referral scheme which offers students struggling with their mental health a free eight-week gym membership, with the aim of tackling issues like anxiety and depression with sport and exercise.
For those of you looking to get motivated this March, as well as improve your conversion rates in Score, TeamBath are offering no joining fee and no contract for memberships taken out in March. Visit www.teambath.com/fitness to find out more.