Ilico Studios Gym Case Study

Ilico Studios (Fountain Dance Association) worked with Origin Fitness to launch their new fitness facility based in the heart of Derry - Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Ilico Studios specialises in the provision of expert dance tuition across a wide range of disciplines in the local area however, their latest project involved the creation of a modern and inviting fitness suite for the community.

As well as having a fully equipped fitness suite, Ilico’s dance studio space hosts an impressive programme of classes including Zumba, pilates, yoga, kettlebells, Insanity, teenage Insanity, Spinning and more.

Ilico Studios Fitness Suite

The Objective

The main objective of the project when Ilico studios came to Origin Fitness as to create a space that offered a variety of equipment to suit both men and women and support them in achieving their weight loss and strength and conditioning goals. A main focus was encouraging teenagers to start a healthy fitness regime, so they wanted to make sure their gym looked exciting, modern and contemporary.

Ilico Studios Fitness Suite

Gym Design and Layout

The main fitness suite was refurbished as part of the plan to modernise the centre. To achieve the comprehensive and inclusive fitness offering that Ilico Studios wanted to achieve, Origin Fitness created four distinct zones within the gym.

Firstly, the cardio zone was made up by the installation of Impulse R series treadmills, bikes and cross trainers along with a Concept2 rowing machine. This covers a wide range of cardio options, giving users variety but without taking up a huge area. Limiting the cardio zone to only seven stations meant the other three zones could be developed therefore offering a better facility for strength training, functional training and fixed resistance exercises.

Ilico Studios Fitness Suite

The second zone is a functional training area which features the latest Origin Fitness rig. The inclusion of a boxing station and stretch zone with this configuration offers users a huge amount of flexibility when doing more 'freestyle', bodyweight and functional exercises.

The strength training and weights area is made up of a selection of both free weights and fixed resistance machines. The Impulse Plamax fixed resistance machines offer dual functionality which is great for gyms like Ilico Studios who were looking to maximise the use of limited space. Underneath the free weights space, Origin Fitness laid Rephouse Premium Freeweight tiles to protect the gym's equipment and existing wood floor. This flooring solution, combined with Origin Fitness free weights, benches and a half rack creates a great zone for those looking to do more serious lifting and strength work.

Ilico Studios Fitness Suite


Client Testimonial

We found Origin Fitness to be really helpful offering advice with planning and the delivery of our gym equipment and Spinning bikes. Nothing was a problem and Ryan was at the end of a phone or email with any queries that we had and he kept us up to date with the progress of the project as it moved forward. The delivery and installation process in conjunction with Fitness Machines was fantastic with all our staff given good knowledge of the maintenance and operation of the equipment.

Working with Ryan from Origin Fitness was very good for us as we had little knowledge on the design and setup of a gym. He was very knowledgeable when we discussed the type of gym we wanted and the type of clients that we would have. He made recommendations to suit our requirements and these have turned out to be 100% exactly the way we wanted.

We would highly recommend Origin Fitness to anyone looking for fitness equipment, equipment servicing and the design and setup of a new gym.

Wendy Macbean, Dance Coach and Manager, Fountain Dance Association.

Ilico Studios Fitness Suite

The Outcome

“The response from our members has been that they like the variety of the equipment we have and the layout suits fitness programs. The younger members enjoy the modern feel and the atmosphere that we have achieved and this has added to the success of the growing numbers joining our gym.” – Wendy Macbean, Dance Coach and Manager. 


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