One Leisure Huntingdon opened its doors this weekend to celebrate the completion of the first phase of a major redevelopment at the leisure centre.

The Impressions Fitness Suite has received a major renovation that has increased the size of the gym to almost double its original size.

The refurbishment is part of an £800,000 investment in the centre that will also enhance and improve hospitality provision and Leo’s Funzone soft play facility.

The gym now sits across two floors and has been refitted with brand new cardio, strength, free weight and functional equipment.

Cllr Daryl Brown, portfolio holder for One Leisure said: "Huntingdonshire District Council is proud to introduce this new facility.

"The council has made a direct investment of almost £800,000 to Huntingdonshire and its community to improve the leisure facilities on offer.

"Encouraging active and healthy lifestyles is at the heart of what we do at One Leisure. By providing a bigger and better space, with state of the art fitness equipment, more people within Huntingdon will be able to make use of the facility, which will have a positive impact on the community’s health and well-being."

One Leisure members and Huntingdon residents were invited to view the new facilities at an open weekend.

Special guest Tom Fitzpatrick, Strength and Conditioning Coach for professional rugby league team Wigan Warriors, joined visitors to demonstrate new gym equipment and run group training sessions using the new S-Drives and functional training rig.

Tom said: "I’m really impressed with the quality and variety of equipment that Huntingdonshire District Council has invested in. I’ve never seen a running track in a council gym before and I think you’ll struggle to find another local authority facility with this level of equipment."

St Ives rugby league and union players also joined Tom for strength and conditioning training on Sunday morning.

Paul Ashbridge, who co-ordinated the workout said: "The new kit is fantastic! With such a big space it’s great to get everyone together for a gym-based group training session."

Guests were also invited to participate in a series of gym-based fitness classes centred on the new functional training and cardio equipment.

Sam Swales, Gym Manager at One Leisure Huntingdon said: "These classes have been developed to enhance our gym users’ experience and allow them to get the most out of their workout. All group training sessions last 30 minutes and are great for anyone looking for some guidance or to focus their fitness efforts."

Anyone wanting to see the new gym facilities at One Leisure Huntingdon is welcome to visit.

The redevelopment is due to be completed April 2018.

One Leisure Huntingdon is open seven days a week and offers a variety of great value memberships to suit individual needs. There is no fixed contract and throughout January anyone taking out a membership will not be charged a joining fee, saving £30. Find out more by visiting One Leisure or by calling the team on 01480 388111.