The Memorial Drive Tennis club has come a long way since 1914, now better known as Next Generation Memorial Drive and its recent refurbishments totalling $1.25 million. It’s no wonder they pride themselves on actually being a premium five star establishment.
So what makes Next Generation so different from others, a step inside and it is obvious. From the nice clean wooden lines to the central area lounge and magnificent fireplace to the separate business zones with free Wi-Fi, it’s a perfect place for members to schedule business meetings at.
More specifically the change rooms and area lounge have undergone a $750,000 overhaul to create an “ambience that is so much more than just a gym” says Andrew Savage, Director of Marketing.
The change rooms are impressive with those snazzy Dyson air blades, sophisticated fittings, hairdryers, irons, wet area and access to the indoor and outdoor 25 metre pools. Not to mention the spa pool, sauna and steam room. There are a range of memberships available for different access levels. . Pay a little extra and you can become a Gold member, which gives you private change rooms and access to the regeneration spa. “The spa was revamped after a fire in 2007 which includes a spa and ice pool, sauna and steam room, five private change rooms, separate lockers and bathrooms” Mr Savage said.
Among the current facilities there is a dedicated family change room, four squash courts, outdoor pool – which is open all winter and heated to 23 degrees, 27 tennis courts ranging from grass, artificial grass and hard courts- you would think that more additions weren’t necessary.
And if you are feeling a little self conscious or nervous when you first join, don’t be disheartened as there is a dedicated section that is tucked away form the main area with nine pieces to have a full workout without wandering eyes on you.
This year a further $500,000 was spent on the gym itself including state of the art resistance equipment, a 12-metre sprint track and enhanced stretch zone. As a centrepiece to a new Functional Fitness zone, Next Generation is the only South Australian operator that holds the new Synrgy360 Life Fitness equipment. Andrew Savage recognises that today’s body image aspirations have moved away from the Arnold Swarchenegger to the more toned David Beckham and this equipment is designed to do just that by using your own body weight to train. On the new Life Fitness station General Manager Stephen Wishart says, “It’s the benefit of a boot camp style workout in comfort and safety, a one stop shop.”
To celebrate the refurbishment and addition of the new Synrgy360 equipment Next Generation is running a competition, which will give two people (you don’t have to be a member) a 360 degree trip around the world valued at $10,000. To enter simply visit http://360.ngclubs.com.au and enter your name, email address and phone number.
To read about my experience testing out the Synrgy360 equipment click here.