Chichester gym launched by Olympic hopefuls

Launching the new gym are from the left Olympian Gemma Spofforth, Eileen Lintill, portfolio holder for leisure and wellbeing,  Olympian Tom Ford, centre manager Kevin McCoy and fencer Tom Hendy.''112009-1 Chi Westgate  Photo Louise Adams
Launching the new gym are from the left Olympian Gemma Spofforth, Eileen Lintill, portfolio holder for leisure and wellbeing, Olympian Tom Ford, centre manager Kevin McCoy and fencer Tom Hendy.''112009-1 Chi Westgate Photo Louise Adams

Three Olympic hopefuls in the Chichester district have given the thumbs-up to Westgate Leisure Chichester’s new gym, which has just been launched.

Olympic swimming hopefuls Gemma Spofforth, 24, Tom Hendrie, 20, hoping to compete in the fencing team, and Tom Lord, 25, an Olympic volleyball hopeful, tried out the new state-of-the-art fitness equipment.

The gym has had a complete makeover, with 78 pieces of new fitness equipment. It offers six different categories – shape, power, balance, sport, move, and fun – with individual programmes in each category.

The new gym has been installed in time to celebrate Westgate’s 25th anniversary in 2012.

Users are able to choose one of over 20 channels to watch while working out, as the cardio machines have digital TV.

They also have iPods and iPhones attached to them to enable customers to access their music and videos and charge their devices at the same time.

There are four new zones in the gym:

n Functional training zone – an area where you can perform exercises using your body weight to target core muscles and the lower back.

n Free weight zone – in this area you can perform exercises using a range of dumb-bells and barbells. A squat rack will be added.

n Cardio zone – this area incorporates treadmills, bikes, rowers, cross trainers and the variable stride trainer.

n Fixed resistance zone – the equipment (weight machines, such as chest press, leg curl, or shoulder press) has moveable seats, allowing easier access for wheelchair users.

Tom Lord, who lives at Chidham, regularly trains at Westgate.

He said: “I think the new gym is great.

“There is a real sense of community spirit here at Westgate and the staff are all really knowledgeable.

“I have been coming here since I was at Chichester High School for Boys.

“There is lots going on at the centre.”

As well as the new equipment and zones, the gym has been redecorated and re-carpeted.

The contractor for the new gym was Technogym.

In addition Westgate Leisure Centre has launched a new-look website to coincide with the reopening.

To find out more see www.westgateleisure.co.uk.

Interviews with the Olympic hopefuls can be seen on the You Tube page www.youtube.com/ChichesterDCouncil and Facebook page www.facebook.com/ChichesterDistrictCouncil).

To see photos of the hopefuls at the launch of the new gym see the council’s Facebook page or Twitter page (www.twitter.com/ChichesterDC).