High Life Highland has officially opened its new strength and conditioning suite at Inverness Leisure.
The new space has been created as a result of a partnership with sportscotland which secured £37,404 of National Lottery funding for the development.
The new area is more than four times the size of space previously available and includes six weightlifting platforms and racks, complete with Olympic bumper weights and a conditioning area with cardio and resistance equipment.
New performance impact flooring has been laid throughout, incorporating a fantastic specification 20m agility turf runway.
Douglas Wilby, High Life Highland director of sport and leisure, said: “I am delighted that our partnership with sportscotland has once again been successful in providing funding to improve what is on offer for our highlife members and local athletes.
"Improving the facility in this way gives us the flexibility to increase our personal training, small group fitness classes and women’s weightlifting classes.”
Depute Provost and local ward Councillor Graham Ross was keen to stress that the project was a great example of strong partnership working and investment having an impact.
Cllr Ross said: "This will offer real benefits to aspiring athletes, clubs and the wider local community here in Inverness, enabling them to lead more active lives.”
Local golfer Hannah McCook also took time out to sign her picture on the newly decorated wall of the gym. After finishing a sportscotland training session, she said: “I am fortunate to have used the gym here in Inverness since I joined the sportscotland institute of sport network in 2009. To now see it develop into this world class facility is very exciting for all the athletes here, and for the city.
“The more space we have, the more Highland athletes that can develop and progress in their sport.”
Inverness Leisure are taking bookings for inductions for the new suite with more than 90 people signed up in the first two days.
Douglas Wilby was delighted with the interest in the new gym. He added: “The response so far has been excellent with demand for sessions already high and we would expect that to continue over the coming weeks as more people realise what is available as part of their highlife membership.”