Hot New Gym In Jabulani Mall
Hot new gym in Jabulani
Virgin Active RED Jabulani, situated at the Jabulani Mall Soweto, opened this week with Orlando Pirates team members the first to try out the new gym and equipment. Why RED? It embodies energy, passion and action and even though it’s hot, the new gym is seriously cool.
Virgin Active RED is designed for first timers, seasoned timers and the short of timers. It’s all about making gym as easy as possible and designed to be simple and quick to understand right from your first visit.
The 2187m2 gym opened its doors on Saturday, July 4 and will appeal to the smart and tech savvy who want to streamline their workout. Derick du Preez, COO, Virgin Active RED says, ‘The majority of the floor space is designed for exercise with easy to follow and understand numbering.’
Managing Director of Virgin Active SA, Ross Faragher-Thomas says, ‘There will always be a demand for health clubs where members go not only for the exercise but additional facilities such as saunas, swimming pools and food bars. We have seen growth globally in the demand for gyms geared to members who simply want to train. We believe we can accommodate both groups through our flagship health clubs and now with Virgin Active RED. In this way we are broadening the opportunities for South Africans to keep active.’
Although it is gym made easy, it’s still very much Virgin Active. ‘All of us want to look and feel good even if we are on a tight budget,’ says Du Preez. ‘RED is affordable while offering a host of exercise options which means you can be in and out before, between or after work, lectures or school.’
Yes, there’s a HELLO wall, with a corresponding map and workout plans so that you can focus on exercise and find your way around. If you can count to 10 you’re in. As Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group once famously said, ‘Any fool can make something complicated. It’s hard to make something simple.’
Ways to keep it simple include:
- Fingerprint access
- Off-the-shelf workout plans
- Functional zones that are easily identified
- Interactive and touch screens to show you how to train and get the maximum benefit from the equipment
- Virtual studio with nationally acclaimed instructors offering you a variety of classes throughout the day
- Super Circuit
- State-of-the-art training equipment
- Training ‘by numbers’ and easy navigation such as run, step, ride
- Live DJ
- Drop and go lockers
Oh and there are also 12 internet stations with fast free internet connection and free Wi-Fi.
What else is new?
The Box Studio
RED Jabulani is the first gym in the Group to have a Box Circuit. Within the studio, members follow a numbered circuit – moving from punching bags to mats with exercises such as planking, skipping and dead lifting. The visual countdown on the large projection screen will keep you focussed. Why boxing training? Well there’s nothing like it to get amped and feel alive. These all-over-body conditioning and calorie-guzzling exercises result in great all-round fitness and are excellent for co-ordination.
The energy centre of the gym (you can burn up to 500 calories in half an hour here!) The Grid, is exclusive to Virgin Active. It’s back to basics, but in a whole new way. Through simple, stimulating individual programmes and group classes, we teach you how to push, pull, squat, bend, twist, and lunge. Six movements you’ve done your whole life, probably incorrectly. Hone your body to be strong and fit so that you can perform every day activities with greater ease and lessen your chance of injury. Geared for all fitness levels, The Grid helps you become the strongest and most flexible that you can be.
Saddle up and see the world. Ride across the Alps, or cycle through New York on one of our 25 x high tech Indoor Cycling Bikes. Our virtual ride studio will get your legs pumping and your heart racing.
Will take you through your five minute cool down. Touch your toes, reach for the stars. Done? There’s more to an effective warm up than a good stretch. In fact, warming up is only part of the process.
Too shy to ask someone to spot you? These machines help you build isolated muscle strength and size, while safely guiding your every movement.
This DIY concept doesn’t mean that RED is peopleless. Far from it. All the high tech, self-help gadgets are offset by fitness managers and personal trainers of a new kind. Need assistance – just look for number 10. It’s the number the staff wear proudly on their T-shirts. The staff, or daymakers, is expressly there to help members. To make them even more accessible, buzz buttons are located at strategic places throughout the gym.
Virgin Active RED Jabulani is situated at the Jabulani Mall, Corner of Koma and Bolani Road, Soweto. It is open from 05:00am to 9:00pm Monday through Thursday, from 05:00am to 8:00pm on Friday, 06:00am to 5:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays and 06:00am to 2:00pm on Public Holidays.
For further information go to: www.virginactive.co.za/red
Virgin Active RED is not only gym made easy but also incredible value at R179/month as the opening special.