All in a spin at the Windrush!
A new spinning studio has opened at Witney’s Windrush Leisure Centre, giving West Oxfordshire residents the chance to take part in indoor cycling sessions with a difference.
A large section of the leisure centre’s former dry changing rooms, which closed last year to make way for new and improved changing rooms, has been transformed into a studio dedicated to spinning.
West Oxfordshire District Council, which owns the leisure centre, has funded the £26,000 refurbishment work and Nexus Community, the leisure contractor which runs the centre, has funded the new exercise equipment.
Nineteen spinning bikes have been installed and classes have begun for all abilities, from beginners to experienced ‘spinners’. Classes last 45-minutes to one-hour and take place with disco lights and music to help create the right atmosphere for a good workout.
Cllr Hilary Biles, the District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Health and Young People (pictured centre right) said: “We are extremely pleased that the redundant changing rooms have been put to good use for this dedicated spinning studio. The Council is committed to creating and encouraging more leisure opportunities in West Oxfordshire and this new studio gives people more choice and enhances the facilities already available.”
Spinning was introduced at the Windrush Leisure Centre last June and classes previously ran in one of the centre’s existing exercise class studios.
Rick Durrant, Managing Director of Nexus Community, said: “The classes proved extremely popular and that’s why we wanted a dedicated studio. It also means that the room previously used for spinning can now be used for other exercise sessions, which means even more choice for centre users. We’re very pleased with the new studio and the new equipment, and some of the sessions are already fully booked so we think it will be a great asset.”
The new spinning bikes, purchased by Nexus Community at a cost of £14,000, are part of the LIVESTRONG Indoor Cycling range by Matrix Fitness, launched to support and raise funds for the LIVESTRONG Foundation, founded by champion cyclist and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong.
Nexus Community has chosen to adopt LIVESTRONG as one of its company charities and is fundraising to support the foundation.
To find out more about spinning and session timetables, call the Windrush on 01993 202020 or visit www.nexuscommunity.org
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