Personal training in the palm of your hand at Lincoln College’s new look gym

Lincoln College’s Deans Centre sports complex re-opened on Thursday with a fresh new look and exclusive personal training software, which can be used from your phone.

Deans Sport & Leisure, which is based on the college campus, closed on Sunday, November 10 before relaunching on Thursday with its exclusive TapFit software, created by local tech start-up TapKit.

TapKit acts as a personal trainer in the palm of your hand by tapping or scanning a phone on ‘Tap Points’, which are found on each piece of equipment. Videos and tutorials with then appear to help members use the different pieces of equipment.

Inside the new look gym. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

James Foster, Managing Director of International and Commercial at Lincoln College Group, cutting the ribbon at the gym’s relaunch event. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

In addition, the gym has also introduced new equipment including an Olympic bench, a chin/dip machine and stair masters.

The gym has also replaced a lot of the previous equipment with new and updated versions.

The TapKit personal training software acts as a personal trainer in the palm of your hand. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Will De Ath, Operations Director at Tapkit, said: “We have exclusively worked with Deans Sport & Leisure to help make their gym a more accessible environment.

“Gym users will be able to learn how to use equipment by simply tapping or scanning their phone on ‘Tap Points’ found on each piece of equipment. Once they’ve tapped with their phone, videos and tutorials will instantly appear in your hand, without the need for apps.”

The improved facilities will also help with students studying sports-based courses at Lincoln College.

The gym now has a lot of new and updated equipment. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Francesca Carr, Deans Sport & Leisure Senior Manager, said: “This project has been challenging and rewarding all at the same time, a real team effort. I feel incredibly proud that we can bring TapFit Training exclusively to staff, students and public members of Deans Sport & Leisure.

“This is just the first stage of our refresh – we’re also looking to expand the gym further in the future.”

The gym is offering a Premium Annual Membership as part of the relaunch for just £150 plus no joining fee. That includes gym, group glasses, spa usage and racquet sports and is valid from Thursday, November 14 until Friday, November 20.

New members will also receive a free 1-to-1, 30 minute fitness taster in the gym.

Get ready to pump some iron. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The £8 million sports complex opened to the public for the first time in July 2012.

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New and improved equipment inside the gym. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

James Foster, Managing Director of International and Commercial at Lincoln College Group with Will De Ath, Operations Director at Tapkit. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

James Foster, Managing Director of International and Commercial at Lincoln College Group, trying the software with William De Ath and Christopher Burns from TapKit. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

James Foster, Managing Director of International and Commercial at Lincoln College Group. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

James Foster, Managing Director of International and Commercial at Lincoln College Group with Francesca Carr, Deans Sport & Leisure Senior Manager. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite