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A fitness gym fit for an Olympian

August 18, 2011

Imperial’s newly refurbished Energia gym was unveiled at Ethos on 4 August by British Olympic sprint kayaker Tim Brabants MBE. The gym in South Kensington, London has been redesigned and refitted to include computer screens which provide interactive, cinema quality, video-based cardio workouts. Users will be able to choose a scene and terrain across the world to workout in, complimented by audio soundtracks and video footage for a full sensory immersion experience. Potential virtual workouts include running through the lush rainforests of Hawaii or cycling around the bright lights of the Las Vegas strip.

Following a one month closure for its £300,000 refit, the Energia gym has a new layout and has been split into zones for different workout types. These include the tech zone for interactive indoor cycling which allows users to build their own workouts with the help of an on-screen personal trainer and the speed zone, which is a fast-paced circuit area. The speed zone uses a ‘traffic-light’ signal system which alerts users when it is time to switch to the next piece of gym equipment and to move around the circuit.

Beijing gold medallist Dr Tim Brabants, who has a medical degree from Nottingham, got the chance to try out the equipment as part of the tour. He said: “This gym really has the wow factor and is far more impressive than where I used to train as a student. From a medical perspective encouraging staff and students to do more cardio exercise is incredibly important for general health and wellbeing. The fact that students can come here for free really is fantastic – you never know who is going to be next to you on the treadmill at the university gym – it could be a champion of the future.”

Neil Mosley, Assistant Director of Commercial Services commented: “We are delighted with the new gym space and equipment here in Ethos. The state of the art technology provided by Matrix was a perfect fit for a university like Imperial – we like to be ahead of the game.”

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