Performance Gym for Southampton Solent University​

Solent University’s brand new Sports Centre receives high performance flooring and functional rig solutions from EXF

EXF Fitness was chosen by Solent University to supply the team with flooring and bespoke functional training rig solutions. The install was part of a project which saw the University open a brand new £28m sports facility this year.

The new facility includes:

  • a high performance facility for the university’s elite athletes
  • a dedicated teaching facility to be used by the university’s sports degree students
  • a 90 station state-of-the-art gym for community use

The high performance facility needed to be able to withstand the rigors of an elite sports performance environment and as such needed a bespoke flooring solution. We supplied and installed a 64mm thick tile solution with built in impact for performance. Our team also installed a bespoke running track to allow for sprint training, prowler-sledge work amongst other activities. The agility turf track was designed in bespoke grey and green colours.

Throughout the rest of the facility we supplied flooring from our performance range. Our range has been specifically designed to help reduce the chances of injury during sporting activity, by integrating the specially formulated EXF Control SD underlay system.

We worked with the Solent Sport team to create three bespoke functional training rigs. Each rig has been designed to suit the purpose of each gym, for instance the rig found in the main community use gym has been designed in striking red and black colours to create a real focal point of the facility. The custom built rig has a range of attachments including medicine ball throw targets, suspension training anchors, pull up bars, dip bars, battle rope anchors and monkey bars to allow for a variety of training. The rig found in the high performance gym focuses on strength training and includes a range of built in racks as well as bespoke monkey bars and a smaller rig can be found in teaching facility.

“The new sports facility marks a new era for our university and EXF has proven to be great partner during this project,” says Martin Nailor, Head of Sport for Solent University. “Our vision was to create a facility that can be used by all members of community right the way through to our high performance athletes and sports science students. Each rig has been specifically designed with the end goal in mind. We have been thoroughly impressed by their expertise and ability to create exactly what we needed, with no task proving too difficult.”


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