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Gymbox Elephant & Castle with Technogym’s SKILL LINE

Gymbox has become known as one of the fitness brands disrupting the industry, recognised for its unique gritty, industrial chic that makes it perfect for its London-based millennial clientele. The first Gymbox club, opened in Holborn in 2003, was revolutionary at the time, bringing to life founders Richard Hilton and David Cooper’s vision for a gym that brought together exercise and entertainment for the first time. Even the architects chosen for the project were known for their nightclub designs, rather than gyms. Gymbox now has a total of nine clubs across London, with a pipeline taking the estate to 11 by the end of 2018.

Gymbox’s vast array of classes are facilitated by an expansive, immersive gym floor separated into different areas and spaces dedicated to particular types of exercise. Its latest opening in Elephant & Castle, an up and coming area in South London, is no different. This enormous 3000 sqm space hosts over 150 classes on a weekly basis, ranging from Aerial Pilates and Gymboxing, to Threshold Run and Row 30. Each discipline has a dedicated master trainer, overseeing class performance and continually building on class programming with new ideas and learnings.

To provide new performance-based classes, Gymbox Elephant & Castle was equipped with some of Technogym’s latest innovations from its athletic performance training range, SKILL LINE. The official supplier to the last seven editions of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and partner to some of the world’s best athletes and teams, Technogym possesses first-hand knowledge of the training methods and systems required to create thousands of champions in over 100 different disciplines worldwide. This expertise has informed the development of Technogym products, including SKILL LINE.

David Cooper, co-founder of Gymbox said: “Group exercise is central to everything we do and we pride ourselves on our constantly evolving creative and unique class offering. Technogym’s SKILL LINE was the obvious choice to allow us to capitalise on the growing trend for athletic performance training and create performance-focused classes using the huge amounts of data and feedback they provide.”

Improve your skills at Gymbox with Technogym's SKILL LINE

Gymbox Elephant & Castle was one of the first sites in the UK to provide SKILLBIKE Classes. Eight SKILLBIKEs are set up in front of a large screen providing real-time performance data during a class. The first indoor bike equipped with an 8-speed gear selection, SKILLBIKE is unique in its ability to allow class participants or individual users to replicate hill climbing by shifting gear to counter the change in resistance.
"Cycling is becoming ever more popular, particularly in London, so it was a no-brainer for us to include SKILLBIKE Classes at our Elephant & Castle club,” said David. “These classes offer something quite unique on the market thanks to the data SKILLBIKE provides in terms of pedalling technique, as well as the ability for class participants to use the gears to counter the gradient profiles set by the instructor."

A dedicated area with 8 SKILLROWs is available both for individual users and two dedicated rowing classes, Death Row and Row 30. Both classes utilise SKILLROW’s unique MULTIDRIVE TECHNOLOGY to offer classes that combine rowing intervals with dynamic strength exercises to perfectly balance cardio and strength training for a full body workout that pushes mental and physical limits.

The SKILLRUN area is utilised for Threshold RUN classes which rotate Aerobic, Lactic and VO2 max prioritised sessions on a 3-weekly basis. Trainers focus on running technique to ensure efficiency, so participants are guaranteed to improve their efficiency. Firas Iskandarani, Master Trainer at Gymbox Elephant & Castle said: “The no-nonsense BOOTCAMP mode on SKILLRUN, combined with the machine’s ability to accelerate and decelerate quickly makes it perfect for our Threshold RUN classes.”

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