Falkirk Community Leisure Trust’s refurbishment of Mariner Leisure Centre has finally been unveiled. The new and improved Health and Fitness area which officially opened on 31st January follows on from the 2018 works which saw the relocation of the café, a new entrance/reception area, Great Mariner Reef soft play and changing facilities.

The £1.2m refurbishment of the gym and fitness facilities includes some innovative and exciting new amenities including a fully immersive Les Mills TRIP Studio – a first for Scotland and a 12 station Shapemaster Hub.  In the upstairs area (vacated by the old reception and café) the gym has been expanded to 292m2, almost doubling in size.  There are over 65 stations available with dual use equipment, functioning training rig and functional training equipment.

The new Shapemaster Hub, with 12 pieces of power assisted equipment, has been designed for customers with long-term medical conditions or those wanting to be more active and who are not currently catered for with traditional high-energy kit.  The equipment assists with the flexing and extension of joints and exercises all parts of the body.  Besides offering a social aspect to exercising, the environment will be a less intimidating alternative to the high-energy gym.  Falkirk’s physical activity referral programme, Active Forth, also has a new office within the Centre.  A second Fitness Studio will allow an expansion of the already popular Fitness class programme.

Project Leader Carol Whyte said “I can’t wait for our customers to get back into the gym and try out all the amazing new equipment.  Our Active Forth team now have a dedicated office within the Mariner Centre and are looking forward to helping those with more complex health issues to start their fitness journey.  Our staff have all been fully trained up in all the new kit, and can’t wait to share the benefits with our customers.”

Scott Burton, Physical Activity Co-Ordinator added, “The Shapemaster Hub will help people who would never see themselves in a gym environment. We receive lots of referrals from stroke and MS services, falls prevention, chronic pain and fibromyalgia who are sometimes unable to join our gym and this gives them an excellent option to be able to move in a safe environment. We have the whole Stroke rehab, MS services, fracture liaison teams and many physios from Forth Valley Royal Hospital booked into our health professional open day to visit the hub. I’m sure they will see the benefits of our fantastic new equipment and have even more confidence that we can help their patients be more active and improve their wellbeing.”

More information is available online at www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org