PGA TOUR Unveils New, Innovative Mobile Fitness Centres
The PGA TOUR today unveiled the two new state-of-the-art mobile fitness centres that will travel the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions and bring state-of-the-art fitness equipment and care to its athletes throughout the season. The presentation was led by PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan and players Brooks Koepka, Alex Noren and Jhonattan Vegas at The Honda Classic, which begins Thursday at PGA National Resort & Spa.
Each of the new fitness centres will be equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and will increase by over 200 square feet from the previous facilities. The additional space will provide players with a wider variety of fitness equipment as well as more open space for functional movement exercise.
“Since the original fitness centres were introduced on TOUR more than 30 years ago, we have seen how fitness has advanced our players’ performance and extended their careers,” said Monahan. “Today’s unveiling of a new fitness centre is another landmark moment in the growth of the PGA TOUR and our ongoing efforts to best serve our members. As our sport grows, so do the expectations and the preparation needed to compete at the world-class level we see every week.”
The fitness centres are part of the Player Performance Centres that travel to 62 events between the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions each year. The Centres are made up of two sets of semi-trailers (four total) that navigate the domestic United States and Canada each year, representing a considerable investment with a goal of providing a consistent and trusted training centre for the players. In addition to two fitness centres for performance and training, players have access to two wellness centres dedicated to therapy and recovery. Each unit logs more than 24,000 miles annually.
As an Official Supplier of the PGA TOUR Player Performance Centres, Technogym will supply the fitness centres with state-of-the-art sports performance equipment including two Technogym SKILLRUN Treadmills and SKILLTOOLS. SKILLTOOLS are a variety of performance tools that create a wide range of training modalities for the players, for total body mobility, stability, and power development within their workouts, before a round of golf, or for recovery after a round of golf.
“Technogym has been training champions for the past 30 years, including our legacy as the official equipment supplier to the past seven Olympic Games,” said Nerio Alessandri, President and Founder of Technogym. “We are very proud to have been chosen by PGA TOUR to provide world-class sports performance equipment and solutions for the elite TOUR players. This partnership represents a strong validation of our ongoing investment in R&D for our products, innovation and quality standards.”
The fitness centres also come complete with refrigerators, Smart TVs with satellite service, Bluetooth surround sound, high-speed Wifi and workout shoes and clothing for all players.
The original PGA TOUR Player Performance Centres were unveiled in 1985 under the direction of former PGA TOUR Commissioner Deane Beman and travelled to 32 events in that inaugural season. In 1986, the Player Performance Centres were introduced on PGA TOUR Champions, a tour of professional golfers age 50 and older, including 32 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. The TOUR partnered with the late renowned orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Frank Jobe, who served as the lead Medical Consultant and oversaw the implementation of the landmark program.
Under the guidance of former PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem, the fitness centres that are being replaced were unveiled on the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions in 2001, while the wellness centres were rolled out in 2000.
“We are excited about the next generation of fitness services that we will be able to provide for our athletes on the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions,” said Andy Levinson, PGA TOUR Senior Vice President Tournament Administration. “These new and improved facilities coupled with our staff of world-class athletic trainers, physical therapists and chiropractors will allow us to meet the increasing demand of our athletes.”
The new PGA TOUR Champions mobile fitness centre will make its first appearance at the Rapiscan Systems Classic in Biloxi, Mississippi, on March 26. At the end of 2019, the TOUR plans to unveil new mobile wellness centres to complete the modernization of the Players Performance Centres on both the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions.
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