EVERYTHING at Wigan Youth Zone is state-of-the-art but there’s something extra special about the facilities in the gym.
For each single piece of equipment has had several previous owners – and they are some of the highest profile names in the world!
The high-tech kit in the gym has been shipped in directly from the athletes’ village from last year’s London Olympics.
In a remarkable gesture from fitness equipment manufacturers Technogym, it has all been donated free of charge.
The cardiovascular equipment includes one top, two synchros, four exercise bikes, two reclines, two varios, one crossover and six treadmills.
All of which have the unique Visioweb network-enabled touchscreen interface that allows users to surf the internet, watch TV, connect with Facebook, play games or undergo learning programmes while working out.
As well as this, there are 12 strength-based facilities donated.
These include a lat pull down, a leg press, a multipower facility, a shoulder press, a chest press, a low row, a leg curl, a leg extension, a dual-adjustable pulley and three pure strength benches.
All of which have been used by the likes of Jessica Ennis, Usain Bolt or Mo Farah while they trained during the games.
Wigan’s very own Olympian Jenny Meadows poured praise on the equipment, saying: “It’s absolutely fantastic and top of the range stuff.
“To have come straight from the Olympics just shows how amazing these pieces of equipment are, I’m sure they’ll be really well used. I was in the gym earlier and the kids were on Facebook and stuff.
“It’s great that young people in Wigan now have this in their own back yard.”
Dave Whelan, life president of Wigan Youth Zone added: “The facilities in the gym are second to none, they are absolutely fantastic.
“Our youngsters will be using the same treadmills as the likes of Usain Bolt so it will be real top-of-the-range stuff.
“We have to say a big thank-you to Technogym for their kind donation.
“To give the children something like this is absolutely fantastic.”