The Task

Design and install three distinct fitness zones within the school’s new sports centre

Royal Grammar School (RGS) in Newcastle has invested in a £10 million building and development programme including an impressive new sports facility for its pupils and sporting teams. Due to the caliber of this new training facility, including the new AP equipment, the school hosted the Scotland squad for their training during the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

As with many of our projects Absolute Performance was recommended to RGS by a previous client, and we were given a clear brief to design and install three distinct fitness zones within the new sports centre:

  • zone 1: studio
  • zone 2: strength and conditioning area
  • zone 3: fixed-strength / CV gym

The Solution

Working closely with the school, we chose a selection of equipment and flooring to match both budget and requirements including from our own AP Power Series range for strength and conditioning equipment and the AP Functional Training Series for accessories.

The studio includes soft plyometric boxes, dumbbells, studio floors mats, medicine balls, gym balls and power bags for students to focus on functional training exercises.

For the strength and conditioning area we created a multi-functional training space using custom-built equipment including AP Elite Power Racks, AP Elite integrated Olympic lifting platforms, dumbbells and rack, AP Series adjustable benches, Olympic bars and plates, 45 degree plate loaded leg press, DC Blocks, resistance bands, technique bars and plates.

The fixed-strength / CV gym allows the pupils to train in a safe manner to help build muscle and strength. We supplied Watt Bikes, Concept II rowing machines, Precor treadmills, Precor crosstrainer, glute ham raise and lying leg curl.

The Result

The new training areas by Absolute Performance are first-class and the feedback from our pupils and staff has been extremely positive. The bespoke branding in school colours has transformed our pupils’ workout experience and we are delighted with the final result.

As a school we were delighted to showcase our excellent facilities to the benefit of the Scotland squad and play our part in a memorable Rugby World Cup. The equipment supplied by Absolute Performance helped us do that.

Angela Ponton, director of sport at Newcastle Royal Grammar School

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