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Balwearie High School
Balwearie High School
In December 2021, Origin Fitness supported Balwearie High School in Kirkcaldy, Fife on the refurbishment of their school gym. The school went to tender earlier in 2021 and Origin Fitness won the contract, resulting in the facility you see today.
As part of the project, a brand new cycle studio was constructed in addition to a complete refurbishment of the current facility. The objective was to provide a wide variety of training options for students and staff, including CV, HIIT cardio, powerlifting and more. In addition, we offered a service and warranty package to help keep their equipment working to the best it can.
We coordinated closely with school contacts to schedule the installation within the requested time frame. We took extra measures to secure staff and pupils safety since the installation took place throughout school hours. Our engineers had to work quickly and safely to carry out the installation in a way that caused the least disruption to students' day.
As this was a school installation, it was important to ensure the gym equipment was laid out, with plenty of space between each piece of equipment so teachers could easily monitor classes. Account Manager, Declan Smith , also made sure there was a large space in the middle of the room to make it easier to supervise students during sessions.
There was a wide range of equipment installed to ensure there was enough variety to be introduced into any session being carried out. It’s always tempting to fill a gym with as much as possible, however due to their requirements Declan had to carefully select what and where everything was placed.
To incorporate the desired variety of equipment and utilise the space efficiently, we installed a selection of pieces across CV, Strength and Free Weights into the gym. The CV pieces installed were chosen from our Impulse CV range and Origin’s own Storm Range. The equipment chosen was a perfect option for a site such as a school, based on the amount of usage the gym would have and who would be using it. Origin OC5 Indoor Cycles were also installed within their studio to offer another style of training to students and staff within the high school.
A dedicated free weights area was also introduced to the site. Offering students a chance to supplement the more traditional cardio training with strength training. This included but was not limited to our Origin 20kgs Olympic Weightlifting Bar , Origin Rubber Olympic Weight Plates , GD Hex Rubber Dumbbells and Origin Multi Adjustable Weight Bench. All proven to be hard wearing and good value for money.
To ensure the flooring was well protected, the Origin 40mm High Impact Tiles were chosen to be installed. These are hard-wearing tiles and can withstand both high footfall or high impact. Perfect for any free-weight, strength and conditioning or olympic lifting area to help protect the equipment and subfloor.
Having a brand new gym at Balwearie High School means that the school can now offer its pupils and staff so much more than a standard gym to work out in. The new facility will offer pupils both the opportunity to train and learn. Students often attend further education courses towards the end of their high school career, which includes gym instructor courses. With the new fitness suite, pupils will be able to use the gym as a learning area and learn all the do's and don'ts of fitness.
I really enjoyed working with Origin Fitness, they helped steer us through the planning process for our new Fitness Suite. The actual installation was to a high quality & efficiently organised. The small number of queries that we had were resolved very easily. We continue to work with Origin as we develop & shape our new learning environment.
- David Trowell, Business Manager , Balwearie High School
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