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Olympian opening for Leisure World's Activa Gym

Date published: 11 September 2017

The major improvement works to Leisure World Colchester's Activa Gym have been completed, with the extension set to be unveiled by the British Racewalker Dominic King, on the weekend of the 16-17 September. 

Customers of Leisure World's Activa Gym will benefit from this major programme of investment by Colchester Borough Council, which has seen significant investment extending the current gym and studio space whilst also refitting the spinning room.

Colchester born King, who has competed for Great Britain in the London 2012 and Rio Summer Olympics and England in two Commonwealth Games, will officially open the gym's new functional training area. As well as training with Colchester Harriers, King uses the Activa Gym at Leisure World Colchester for his strength and conditioning training. 

The work that began in April has increased the gym space by 243sqm, offering dedicated areas for specialised training, bespoke flooring, new racks and smaller free weights, as well as updated cardio fitness equipment. 

In addition, CBC has made further investment in Leisure World's facilities; creating a new studio space that will accommodate aerobic classes and introducing 31 new state-of-the-art bikes and updated audio and lighting systems to the newly refurbished spinning room.  

Alongside the Activa Gym improvements, Leisure World will also be introducing a new Smart Card and Wristband system for all gym users to modernise and simplify services. The micro-chip based system will link to self-service kiosks, entry through the Welcome Zone and new turnstiles in the gym.   

Cllr Annie Feltham, Colchester Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Commercial Services, said: "We are very proud of Leisure World and the excellent facilities that our centre provides for residents and visitors. The outcome of this investment will ensure that the quality of the facilities, especially the gym, is of the highest possible standard. Members can now benefit from the new equipment and greater space that will mean many more people can be accommodated during peak times.'

To celebrate the extension and improvements, customers can take advantage of a September membership offer, where you join the 12-month Lifestyles Membership in September and get a whole month absolutely free, saving up to £59.99. Find out more at

Leisure World has also launched a like and share competition on its Facebook page /MyLeisureWorld to win a full year's Lifestyles Fitness Membership. Just 'like' the Facebook page and 'like and share' the post to be in with a chance of winning.

For more information about the relaunch of the Activa Gym and to book at VIP tour for the launch weekend, visit: