A £2million investment in the future of Leighton’s health means the town is third in the world to have special eco-friendly, cutting-edge technology.
Central Beds Council says it is ‘leading the way’ now that Technogym’s new ARTIS equipment has arrived at Linslade’s Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre as part of its first major revamp since opening in 1975.
The impressive machinery allows users to watch TV, read the news, play games using Android apps, access social media and even Skype friends or family where ever they be in the world while they’re working out. But other than the entertainment value you get – used as a lure to get you off the sofa and exercising – the kit allows you to track and assess lifestyle habits.
The results, that update each time you visit, can then be monitored by trainers to ensure support and encouragement and even viewed by doctors to encourage shared information and communication across local authorities.
And as well as all that, every step during your jog, walk or cycle is harvesting human energy and contributes to powering the leisure centre.
Technogym area manager Ben Sandham, who lives in Sandhills, Leighton, said: “I think over the past four of five years, with the development of smart phones, people like to track data.
“They also want to be watching their favourite TV programmes and catching up with the news, but not have to be at home when they are doing that so now they can do it at the gym.
“It’s fantastic and because I live in Leighton it means I can get to know the products better myself and it’s great to work on the project for 18 months and then be able to see the end result for myself.”
The centre, which has remained open since the refurbishment began, will continue building the new reception area, cafe and entrance ready for completion in March.
Councillor Brian Spurr said: “It’s turning out to be even better than I thought after seeing the increase in members already so I am delighted.
“I need to thank my team who have made it work by working with Leisure Connections and Cedars Upper School has made this a really good venture.”