Community led Bramley Baths today unveiled their new-look gym following a £100,000 revamp – and pledged to keep their prices low as people struggle during there cost of living crisis.
The 1904 Gym at Bramley Baths is benefiting from a £50,000 investment in 15 new pieces of top-of-the-range strength kit from Technogym. It follows a similar investment in cardio equipment from the same supplier earlier this year.
New equipment includes a leg press, leg extension, a double ab adjustable pulley, low row, abductor, medicine balls, weights and lots more.
Bramley Baths CEO David Wilford described the new-look gym as a ‘cost-of-living-buster’ for the community, with full membership of £29 per month for gym, swim and classes or £26 for just the gym.
It’s a welcome investment at the people-powered leisure facility, which has now replaced all the old equipment inherited from the council it became independently-run in 2013.
Gym user and mum of nine Michelle Gilligan was certainly impressed. “The new equipment is fantastic, really good,” she said. “I love the place and come here almost every day as it’s so friendly and personal – it’s like my second home.
“The staff really do feel like family, everyone knows your name and I’ve made lots of friends here. When it was closed due to Covid it was like a bereavement, I couldn’t wait to get back as I missed the place and people so much.
“I learned to swim here and my family has learned as well. It’s a special place. I see it as my ‘me’ space’.”
BB’s David Wilford added: “If we do something, we like to do it well and we feel we’ve now got the best and newest gym equipment in Yorkshire.
“Since Covid people have been giving their health a much higher priority. We’re community led and the community said to us that they wanted more kit to help support their fitness. We are offering the community reasonably priced and accessible leisure facilities to help them maintain their fitness and health, which is more important now than ever before.”
The gym, which also has new blinds, was redecorated in 2020 during the first lockdown and also received new flooring. New equipment installed earlier this year included three new cross trainers, two upright bikes, one recumbent bike, a seated hand bike and a Ski-erg upright rower.
David said the old equipment, which had served the Baths well over many years, hadn’t gone to landfill but had been bought by a company who will refurbish it and send it for use in third world countries.
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