Weetwood Hall Hotel Gym

Weetwood Hall have, for a long time, played host to large number of professional sports teams and athletes who utilise the hotel for training camps and prior to matches.  Due to the hotels’ facilities, its close proximity to the University of Leeds playing fields, and the Brownlee Centre it is ideally positioned to cater for these athletes – however there has always been a missing piece, namely that the hotel has never had a strength and conditioning facility on site. In the past athletes have had to leave the hotel travel to a local health club for specialist sessions.

Indigo fitness were asked to fill in that missing piece by designing and installing their brand new gym. Take a look at our case study to find out how we did it.

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The Brief

So, the brief given to Indigo by hotel GM Steve Kershaw was to convert a conference room into a high performance strength and conditioning space able to cater for anything up to 12 to 15 athletes at a time with, multi-functional use.

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Following initial meetings and discussions to determine the equipment wish list and possible layout, we designed an initial layout, producing output in 3D drawings and a walkthrough video, which allowed Steve to really visualise how the training space would look.

The Result

The biggest challenge posed by this project was to achieve the functionality required in the limited space available. To enable this we had to design a bespoke unit that combined two Elite Half Racks with three monster storage bays. This unit became the focal point of the space with two lifting and pull up stations, 3 suspension bars for TRX, as well as storage for a full set of dumbbells from 2.5kg to 50kg and all other small equipment.

The ability to have all these elements in one unit along a wall rather than spaced out around the rest of the room, was really the key factor in achieving the gym space the hotel were looking for.  This unit was finished off with the hotels bespoke colour scheme and laser cut branding plates on the storage bays which really helped to give the hotel the look and finish they were hoping for.

It was vital for this project that the flooring would be suitable for both Olympic lifting and functional training, whilst reducing the spread of sound and vibration to neighbouring rooms.

Because of this there was only one choice, 32mm Duratrain tiles, which were paired with bespoke PVC branded inset lifting platforms, providing a seamless finish to the floor without the need for additional lifting platform which would have limited the rooms functionality.

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A piece of equipment that is always utilised in a tight training space like this is a Compact Dual Adjustable Pulley, its design with the two sides at right angles, allows it to fit right into the corner of a room, providing plenty of functionality whilst taking up minimal floor space.  Two adjustable incline/decline benches were provided to allow for pressing at both half racks.

As with all of the manufactured equipment provided, these were finished off with custom branded sweat covers. The combination of all of these elements helps to create an extremely strong image and brand for the hotel.

A wall fixed punchbag bracket and Carbon Claw punchbag were installed on the right hand wall with the Carbon Claw gloves and mitts stored on the main unit.

The room was finished off with cardio equipment; 1 Raze Renegade Airbike, 3 Concept 2 rowers, 2 Life Fitness Treadmills, and 2 Wattbikes, all sourced and supplied by Indigo.

The whole installation was completed by Indigo Fitness engineers in less than 2 days and the whole project from start to finish took less than 3 months to complete.

Following the installation Weetwood Hall GM Steve Kershaw commented:

“Indigo’s knowledge and experience has been utilised to maximise what we have, which allows us to go out to market and attract more teams from across Europe and around the world.

There is nothing complicated about working with Indigo it’s been really easy, nothing’s been too much trouble, and it’s actually been a really simple process from start to finish.  I think the gym is absolutely fantastic, I think it personifies the good work in planning and designing put in by the hotel, Indigo, and the Strength and Conditioning coaches.  Thanks to the installation of the gym space the hotel now have ability to offer professional sports teams and athletes all the training and recovery facilities they require.”

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