A new state of the art ‘green gym’ for the London Rowing Club opens this Thursday, June 6 at 7pm. The new 3,500 ft² gym, located at 7 Putney Embankment, London, SW15 1LB and built with a £600,000 investment raised from many generous donations, utilises the latest construction methods to minimise environmental impact.
The opening ceremony will be attended by numerous representatives of the rowing world and wider community. The formal opening of the gym, which is being named after Peter Coni, a well-known and highly respected member of London Rowing Club and one time chairman of Henley Royal Regatta, will be performed by Michael Baldwin, the present President of the Club and Michael Williams, a former President and honorary FISA council member.
Of course, the River Thames remains the primary “training ground” for the members of London Rowing Club but the importance of land training, in the gym, cannot be underestimated. The new facility puts LRC on a par with the best in the country.
“Strength and conditioning plays such an important part of being able to deliver optimum speed on the water. Every athlete knows that it is the hours spent in the gym that enable you to develop the foundations to achieve the outcomes and goals that you set yourself. It is because of this, and the efforts and sacrifices, that gyms can feel like special places. You only have to walk in to our new gym to sense the feeling of how inspirational this new facility is. Being able to train in such a fantastic environment with state of the art equipment will I’m sure spur our athletes on to great things in continuation of the traditions of this club.” – Sophie Hosking MBE, London 2012 Olympics Gold Medallist LW2x
Another First for London Rowing Club, the new, completely “green” gym
Having been the first rowing club in the UK to construct a “rowing tank” (an indoor rowing facility) and the first rowing club to appoint a professional coach for its crews, London Rowing Club will now be the first rowing club to open a completely “green” strength and conditioning facility in the UK. The gym and new male changing room have been designed to reduce our environmental footprint and minimise operating costs.
“The building is very well insulated and benefits from a passive ventilation system allowing cold air to enter through louvres low down and exit through a series of units mounted on the ridges of the roof. The changing rooms have been fitted with waterless urinals and low energy LED lighting is used throughout. We are delighted to opening this first class facility. It’s an attractive, state-of-the-art building and we’re sure it will play its part in the training of many generations of world-class rowers.” – Simon Harris, LRC gym-build sub-committee
A ramp has been installed to give ready access to the gym for wheelchair users. A full specification shower and WC has also been installed.
In addition to the training facilities a consulting room has been built to provide on site physiotherapy treatment for Club members and others.
The rowers of LRC will benefit tremendously from the new training facilities but we will also make the gym available to third parties. Several of the school rowing clubs have already secured slots for their weights training sessions. A summer sculling school incl. strength and conditioning sessions will allow rowers to return to university having improved their standard. Personal trainers are planning to use the well equipped space with their clients, the local community can join yoga sessions and of course TopRow, our “learn-to-row” partner can’t wait to start using the new facilities as well.
“TopRow offers, very successfully, learn-to-row courses from the iconic London Rowing Club boathouse, it’s a great way to get fit, have fun and enjoy the beauty of the river. The new gym allows us to expand our courses indoor using the beautiful new facilities for training sessions on rowing machines and all the other latest strength and condition equipment to advance the rowing ability and fitness of our clients” – Jasper Smink, Owner TopRow