High-tech chance to work out while seeing the world
FITNESS fans will soon be able to work out in some of the world's beauty spots without needing their passports.
Interactive fitness equipment is set to be installed at facilities across Swansea so fitness fans can hike through the Yosemite and King's Canyon national parks, run through scenic German mountain ranges or cycle through Champagne in France.
Swansea Council have invested £500,000 to put the equipment in leisure centres in Penlan, Penyrheol and Morriston, as well as in Bishopston Sports Centre.
The equipment from Life Fitness Synrgy360 Equipment will be installed in Penlan and Penyrheol, and new cycling bikes will be introduced at Bishopston, Morriston and Penlan.
There will also be sprung flooring fitted in some centres.
The new fitness equipment includes TV screens, plug-in sockets for iPods, internet access and shared workouts, so fitness fans can pit themselves against friends and family.
Cefn Hengoed leisure centre is also being refurbished and a new Active Swansea fitness suite will be installed at Pontarddulais Sports Centre.
Councillor Nick Bradley, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: "The combination of the Swans and the Ospreys with the success of other local sports stars means Swansea's enjoying an unprecedented profile as a leading city of sport, but we also need to do all we can to promote and support sport and exercise at a grass-roots level.
"This investment means people in communities across Swansea will continue to have top-class exercise opportunities and fitness equipment on their doorsteps.
"It will add to the range of fitness classes, racquet sports and swimming pools that are already available," he said.
The rolling programme of installation is expected to start in the autumn and any Active Swansea members can use any site across the city if the centre they normally use is temporarily closed for the upgrade.