The Task

Transform a small tired room into a multi-functional training space.

Canford School, like many other schools, faced a common problem. They were short of space to train their students and had a limited budget, but needed a suitable environment, fit for purpose, where their budding athletes could train safely.

The solution

Maximise the use of space with innovative flooring and bespoke equipment.

The solution was to make the best possible use of space available by using innovative flooring solutions and installing bespoke equipment from the AP Power Series, designed specifically for the room.

A key requirement was to enable weights to be lifted direct from the floor, without the need for lifting platforms. Specialist 40mm thick AP Heavyweight tiled flooring was just the job - strong enough to withstand the toughest treatment that Olympic weightlifting training can throw at it. It’s laid to provide a totally level flooring area, which means the area can be used for multiple training purposes. So as well as weightlifting, the area is now used for warm up sessions, general movement and fitness exercises as well as group sessions.

As well as supplying the Olympic lifting bars and plates, and functional training accessories, we also installed half racks and flat incline benches complete with the school’s logo and colours.

The Result

The result is that coaches are now able to run more efficient training sessions, as more students are able to train together. It’s also used by a much wider group of pupils of all ages and abilities, making it a truly multi-functional space.

Peter Short, Director of Rugby at Canford had this to say:

Before the re-fit, the room was used exclusively by the school’s Rugby Teams and Rowing Teams. Now nearly all the school’s sports teams use the gym, including the staff. So from being a tired and unloved room, it is now a multi-purpose functional training area, fit for purpose, which offers something for everyone at the school. Absolute Performance delivered a solution for Canford beyond our expectations. Their personal approach and commitment to getting the job done is second to none.

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