Sync equipment with your phone at revamped Portobello gym

There is now an additional weights room, which has benches and a squat rack, in the newly upgraded gym at Portobello Swim Centre
There is now an additional weights room, which has benches and a squat rack, in the newly upgraded gym at Portobello Swim Centre
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EXERCISE equipment which syncs with fitness fans’ mobile phones is being introduced at another Edinburgh Leisure gym as part of an on-going upgrade of the city’s publicly-owned sports centres.

The improved facilities at Portobello Swim Centre which reopens on Monday following a two-week closure, are being held up as proof that Edinburgh Leisure, which runs sports facilities on behalf of the city council, now offers facilities to rival most private gyms.

The refurbishment boasts new flooring and equipment, which includes treadmills, cross-trainers, a power mill and skill mill which will sync with customers’ mobile phones or wearable devices so workouts can be recorded and tracked.

There is also an additional weights room, which has benches and a squat rack.

Ross Collins, gym co-ordinator at Edinburgh Leisure, said: “We want to dispel the myth that Edinburgh Leisure only has outdated equipment. In fact quite the opposite is 
true.

“Portobello customers will experience top spec cardio equipment that can connect their workouts to their apps to help them stay active.

“The introduction of the skill mill is a first for Edinburgh Leisure. At first glance, it appears to be like a treadmill but it’s designed to be used for short bursts of activity and is easily partnered with kettlebells for one-on-one and small group high intensity interval training.”

At the end of last year, 
Edinburgh Leisure had invested £1 million in fitness equipment in five of its 15 gyms.

A spokeswoman for the arms-length body, responsible for running leisure facilities across the city, said: “We want to offer our members and customers the opportunity to use the best fitness equipment that rivals any of our competitors.

“We are therefore constantly reviewing what we have on offer and our range of fitness and activity centres across the city are encouraging folk to lead healthier, more active lifestyles with the latest technology and equipment available.”

Recent refurbishments, aside from Portobello, include work at Drumbrae Leisure Centre, which is due for completion in October, and the Royal Commonwealth Pool, which will be undergoing a gym refurbishment and be closed from July 21 – August 8.

Portobello Swim Centre is one of Edinburgh’s many famous Victorian baths, retaining many of its original 19th century features. It is home to Edinburgh’s only publicly-available authentic Turkish bath and an aerotone, the forerunner to the modern jacuzzi.

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