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Case Studies - Mountbatten Leisure Centre, Portsmouth | Escape Fitness
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the challenge
The Mountbatten Leisure Centre is run by Parkwood Community Leisure in association with Portsmouth City Council. Parkwood Leisure runs 84 facilities on behalf of 25 local authorities throughout England and Wales. Upholding a high standard of modern and relevant facilities for all customers, the centre is passionate about delivering an individual service to help all their members achieve their health and fitness related goals. Appealing to everyone from children and teens to older adults, as well as GP exercise referral services and sports specific training, Mountbatten and Parkwood Community Leisure demand the very best performance from their club.

the project
At the end of 2013, Mountbatten Leisure Centre in Portsmouth decided to invest in its gym facilities. Turning to Escape Fitness for some inspiration and guidance on what would create a fantastic focal point in the gym, Parkwood wanted to get members engaged in a different type of training. An Escape Octagon functional training frame was installed into the Mountbatten Leisure Centre as part of a complete Octagon equipment package which also featured a Torso Trainer, Pull-up bar, Monkey Bars, Boxing Station and anchor points for Battle Ropes, Resistance Bands and more.

the solution
Within the first three months of installing the Octagon, Mountbatten Leisure recorded that regular fitness income was up 11.5% based on the same period the year before. There were no price rises so all of the growth that was seen was in real terms. Sales of new and renewed memberships were up 31% and their personal training income soared a massive 50%. The team at Mountbatten recognise the install of the Octagon as one of the main factors contributing to the impressive performance of Mountbatten Leisure Centre. The staff at the centre report that “members really enjoy participating in Octagon sessions, whether it’s in a group or on their own”.

Mountbatten Leisure Centre
Mountbatten Leisure Centre

Escape Fitness dealt with any queries, issues or questions I had swiftly and professionally, and we were very happy with the install. Although Escape may not be the cheapest functional fitness offering on the market, the quality is excellent and therefore great value for money.


Mountbatten Leisure Centre
Mountbatten Leisure Centre