Mackie Academy


Mackie Academy Case Study

WHO: Mackie Academy & Declan Smith

WHERE: Stonehaven

TYPE: High School Gym


Mackie Academy, founded in 1893 by a local merchant, William Mackie, has a rich history of academic excellence and community involvement. Located in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire the academy has long recognised the importance of enhancing student well-being by fostering a culture of health and fitness.

It was decided there was a need to upgrade its gym facilities to meet modern fitness standards to provide a state-of-the-art fitness facility that would benefit students and the staff. The challenge was to create an inclusive environment that would encourage regular use and promote a healthy lifestyle.


Origin Fitness collaborated closely with Mackie Academy to design a custom fitness centre that seamlessly integrated with the school's existing infrastructure. The contemporary design and layout were crafted to attract both students and staff, creating an inviting atmosphere for all users.

Tailoring the space to the school's various fitness needs we equipped the gym with a comprehensive range of high-quality fitness equipment. Starting with the cardio machines, the gym features advanced cardio equipment like the Origin Storm® Rowing Machine, Impulse AC2990 Commercial Treadmill, and Impulse Encore ECE5 Commercial Elliptical Cross Trainer, providing ample options for cardiovascular workouts.

For strength training, the gym boasts the Alpha Series Dual Adjustable Pulley, Origin Smith Machine, and Crumb Rubber Bumper Plates. Additionally, the gym includes a wide range of free weights such as the Origin UD3 Urethane Dumbbells.

Accessories play a crucial role in versatile workouts. Students will find the gym is well-stocked with Origin Rubber Kettlebells, Slam Balls, and Origin Double Grip Medicine Balls. These conditioning tools allow the students or staff to engage in diverse and dynamic exercise routines.


Establishing a state-of-the-art fitness centre at Mackie Academy has significantly enhanced the school's commitment to physical education and overall well-being. The modern facility has become a central hub for physical activity, benefiting students and staff.

Thanks to Declan and the team for the delivery and installation of the new fitness suite equipment. We are absolutely delighted with it. It represents a massive upgrade in terms of the quality of the equipment we have for the pupils to use to deliver our curricular and extra-curricular activities. On a personal level, Declan was extremely proactive throughout the process and made things very smooth.

- Alan Clark, Cluster Business Manager, Stonehaven Network

The diverse equipment range ensures all students have access to the tools needed to meet their fitness goals, whether that be for cardiovascular health, strength training, or functional fitness. This level of inclusivity promotes regular participation from students and helps foster lifelong fitness habits.

Mackie Academy's new gym underscores the institution's dedication to nurturing both the minds and bodies of its community members. The collaboration with Origin Fitness has successfully positioned the school as a leader in promoting holistic education and community health.

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