As part of the head-to-toe refurbishment of the Principal Hotel Charlotte Square in Edinburgh, Spa & Leisure Manager Ryan Clarke worked closely with Origin Fitness account manager Dugald McGregor to create Edinburgh's leading hotel fitness club.
Located in the basement of this central and historic Edinburgh building, the main objective was to create a gym which exudes luxury while also offering guests of all fitness levels the opportunity to work out using a wide range of equipment available to the market. The hotel's spa and leisure facilities are also open to external members, increasing the need for a large amount of equipment as well as variety in offering.
A challenge was found in the layout of this old building, which was subdivided by several internal walls. However, Origin Fitness overcame this by using these natural segments to create a zoned design and easily separate specific physical disciplines from each other, allowing for a natural flow to the gym.
As you enter the main gym, you are welcomed by the first cardio zone, which is equipped with Origin OR1 rowing machines, Wattbike Trainers, an Intenza 550RBe2 Recumbent Bike and an Intenza 550RUe2 Upright Bike.
An archway leads you through to the main gym space and secondary cardio zone, revealing yet more exciting Intenza Fitness cardio machines, including the world's first adjustable-step-height climber; the Escalate 550Ce2. By opting for the Intenza Fitness cardio range, the Principal Hotel ensures their users have access to the very latest technology, while also minimising equipment downtime through the unique InCare 2.0 customer service support. You can find out more about the Intenza Fitness range here.
A separate corner was used to create a free weights space, complete with Origin's Multi-Adjustable Bench, UD2 Urethane Dumbbells and UB2 Urethane Barbells.
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In the strength zone, a custom Origin Performance Rack was made to measure to suit the limited space and ceiling height, while still providing users with the option of lifting some serious weight in a safe environment.
The rack is stocked with colourful Origin Urethane Bumper Plates, and this area is completed by the addition of a versatile Origin Dual Adjustable Pulley.
Five pieces of Impulse IT95 Fixed Resistance equipment are distributed across the remaining gym floor, offering users the option of a quick and safe workout within a welcoming and open environment.
Seperate from this first gym space, Origin Fitness supported the creation of a gym studio just down the hall. The real centrepiece of this room is the Origin Modular Storage Rig, which holds both holistic and functional training accessories, alongside group training classics such as our Urethane Studio Weight Plate Sets and a range of Origin Power Bands.
In addition to all the equipment across these two gym areas, Origin Fitness also provided all the flooring solutions for the Principal Hotel Charlotte Square. This includes the bespoke floor line markings in the studio that allow the rig to be used as part of the classes, as well as all the specialist flooring for the strength and lifting zones.
The end result is a top-class facility that reflects the standards of the hotel both in quality of the equipment as well as in general atmosphere and design. It is completely coherent and has turned a collection of small rooms and corners into a functioning and logical gym space.
I would definitely recommend Origin Fitness. The team have gone above and beyond to ensure all the equipment was delivered and installed as we had come to expect, and have been fantastic in their service ever since.
Our account manager had great equipment knowledge which helped us decide on the equipment we now offer to our guests and advised us expertly on how to maximise the space we had available. The members now tell us they love the equipment and the setup, alongside the general design of the studio. A great success all round.
Ryan Clarke – Spa & Leisure Manager, Pricipal Hotel Charlotte Square
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