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Dover: £27 million leisure centre will feature world-class Les Mills workouts upon february opening

By Charlie Harman

With Dover's new leisure centre set to open early this year, 70 weekly workouts are being offered by a top fitness expert.

Athlete Phillip Mills took over the New Zealand gym company Les Mills from his eponymous father in 1987, and in 2006 the company launched seven pre-choreographed workout programs which have since been distributed to 100 countries worldwide.

The new Dover District Leisure Centre (6308143)
The new Dover District Leisure Centre (6308143)

These routines are each unique, focussing on different body parts and techniques. The Les Mills Grit, Cardio & Strength program features high intensity interval training, while Les Mills Bodycombat builds muscle through a high-energy workout inspired by martial arts such as karate, boxing and taekwondo.

Other sessions that will be available to visitors include the Les Mills Virtual Sprint/RPM cycling class and the Les Mills CXWorx, an intensive 30-minute core strengthening exercise.

A Les Mills Bodypump class. Picture: Fitness professionals Ltd
A Les Mills Bodypump class. Picture: Fitness professionals Ltd

After a year and a half of construction, the £27 million Dover Leisure Centre will open outside of Whitfield in February.

The exercise venue will house Kent’s first competition standard swimming pool, a learner pool with moveable floor, four court sports hall, two squash courts, two outdoor five-a-side 3G pitches, a Clip 'n' Climb climbing arena, and workout studios.

Staff at the facility will also host Pilates, yoga, tai chi, aqua fit, and group cycling sessions.

Dover's current leisure centre was built on Townwall Street in 1976. Picture: Paul Amos
Dover's current leisure centre was built on Townwall Street in 1976. Picture: Paul Amos

Also included in the scheme is a 21.5 metre-long inflatable assault course, which will be available to use during certain hours in the pool.

The area's current sports centre on Townwall Street opened in 1976, with its age and maintenance costs sparking discussions of a replacement in 2015. The dilapidated building is set to be demolished this year.

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