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New state-of-the-art gym launched at Keady Recreation Centre

£55,000 invested in equipment with Lord Mayor on hand to launch facility

Lord Mayor, Councillor Julie Flaherty with long standing members of Keady Recreation Centre, Brian Breen and his son Ciaran Breen.

A new state-of-the-art gym has been unveiled at Keady Recreation Centre after a £55,000 investment in equipment.

And Lord Mayor Julie Flaherty was on hand to officially launch the new facility.

The new fitness equipment provided by Podium 4 Sport includes treadmills, cross trainers, ski-ergs, rowers, elliptical trainers, climbers and bikes.

Some of the equipment is Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) accredited, meaning disabled as well as non-disabled people can benefit from a full body, cardiovascular and resistance-based workout.

The equipment provides a personalised fitness experience through clever use of technology. All consoles are touch screen, the user has access to popular apps such as Facebook, You tube, Twitter, Netflix, Vevo as well as a large range of television channels.

Bluetooth connectivity and a USB port allows for the connection of smart devices to all Matrix equipment.  An interactive feature called Virtual Active allows the user to select one of ten worldwide destinations to go for a run, cycle or hike.

The equipment will automatically adjust incline, decline or resistance in conjunction with the terrain visible on the screen.

Lord Mayor Flaherty was very impressed with the new equipment.

She said “This investment will enhance the offering of this fantastic facility with new state of the art equipment it will bring a whole new technological aspect to working out.

“I encourage people in the local community and surrounding areas to make use of these facilities that Keady Recreation Centre has to offer.”

David Flynn, Senior Key Account Manager for Podium 4 Sport, was also delighted with the new installation.

“It has been a pleasure to work with the staff from Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council,” he said.

“At Podium 4 Sport we are passionate about fitness and we aim to provide facilities with the highest quality state of the art equipment.

“Keady Recreation Centre is the first site in Ireland to avail of this particular range of high tech Matrix Fitness equipment so it gives an indication of the quality values of the council’s leisure department in striving to provide its patrons with leading industry trends.

“It is wonderful to see the finished product at Keady Recreation Centre.”

Picture inset: At the launch day are (L to R) Greg Ferson, Leisure Facilities Manager, Lord Mayor, Councillor Julie Flaherty, Adam Cooper, Duty Officer and David Flynn, Podium 4 Sport.

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