Better gets Belfast active using latest biomechanical technology

  • Better leisure centres in Belfast have launched an initiative to get the city moving using full bio-mechanical technology.

    Developed and recognised by sports scientists, FitQuest provides the first self-administered, scientifically robust fitness measurement to give gym users a report of their fitness levels, regardless of what physical activity they prefer.

    With 14 leisure centres across Belfast, Better is inviting the public to take the test as the first step in the Belfast Fitness Challenge. Participants will then be given a personalised workout plan and free month-long membership to build on their results.

    A state-of-the-art concept in fitness management, FitQuest provides an easy-to-understand measure of key metrics such as BMI (Body Mass Index), hydration levels and muscle percentage which will be mailed directly to the participant’s private inbox.

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    Individuals are encouraged to visit one of the four FitQuest kiosks at Andersonstown, Lisnasharragh, Better Gym Belfast and Olympia Leisure Centres for the confidential assessment.

    Whether the recommendations be weight loss, muscle strength or cardiovascular fitness, a team of professional fitness instructors will support them to track their progress and kickstart their journey to a healthier, more active lifestyle.

    GLL, which runs the centres, hopes the initiative will empower the people of Belfast to improve their health and happiness through physical activity. A charitable social enterprise that exists to promote better health, it will welcome 500 individuals via the limited scheme. The first 100 places will be reserved for health service staff to encourage a focus on personal physical and mental health.

    Belfast Lord Mayor Councillor Kate Nicholl visited Better Gym Belfast to take the inaugural fitness test. The £15,000 initiative is supported by Belfast City Council through the Leisure Transformation Programme.

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    Speaking following her FitQuest challenge at Better Gym Belfast, Lord Mayor Councillor Kate Nicholl said: “While we envisage a city where people are active and committed to living a healthy lifestyle, a lot must be done to make this a way of life for everyone, particularly those living on the lowest incomes. The FitQuest initiative is an investment in this vision and I hope that it will help kickstart many people’s journeys towards more active and healthier lifestyles.”

    Gareth Kirk, Regional Director of GLL, also added: “We at Better exist to make communities happier and healthier through the provision of inclusive, accessible and affordable leisure services. As a charitable social enterprise, we are thrilled to be offering free fitness assessments and citywide memberships as local people continue to battle the physical and emotional hangover of the global pandemic.” 

    Visit to sign up for the Belfast fitness challenge.

    Source: Written from press release.

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