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Total Fitness aids Liverpool's perfect start
 Women's Football News 12 Dec 2009
Liverpool Ladies FC's recent successes can be attributed to a number of many different, but equally important factors. However, there is one aspect that is always an underlying feature - the issue of fitness. 
Liverpool's recent partnership with Total Fitness has allowed this season's team to keep a superior level of fitness. Manager Robbie Johnson considers it to be an important factor. He said: "We have improved the fitness programme that we've incorporated in the training. Both in the football and certainly from the other aspects.
"However, we only train two days out of the seven. The fitness elements that the girls partake in during the other four days, and of course the facilities that Total Fitness can bring to us, they're facilities that the individual players wouldn't be able to normally have managed."
As part of the affiliation, all of the Liverpool first and reserve team players have gained free passes to their local Total Fitness gym. Nikki Boniface, Liverpool Total Fitness Area Business manager, was quick to discourage any talk of cost involved. She said: "It's not really about the financial side for us - it's more about the profile of getting involved.
"Football is the fastest growing female sport in the country and with a local team like Liverpool Ladies FC doing so well, and hopefully getting back to the Premiership, why wouldn't we want to be a part of that?"
Nikki was also keen to mention how proud she is of the girls at Liverpool Ladies. "We're very proud of the girls, absolutely," she said. "They're a very determined group of young women and they take their sport very seriously."
There are many ways in which the gym has helped the ladies at Liverpool increase their fitness this season. One area in which they're incredibly beneficial to is the rehabilitation of injuries. Micha Deane has been injured for a substantial time after two freak incidents in training have seen her strain her knee ligaments twice.
Micha uses the facilities in the gym to generally keep fit. But more specifically, she's tailored the gym's equipment to get over her injury. She said: "I've tried to use the specific equipment to strengthen the ligaments in my leg.
"Hopefully this will benefit me in the long run for when I come back and start training and playing again. The facilities in the gym have helped me try and achieve this - the machines on offer have really helped me focus on the areas that I want to."
Sam Chappell is another Liverpool Ladies player who uses the Total Fitness gym frequently. She said: "I go about three times a week. It's always after college, so it's in the peak time, but there are always plenty of machines to go on. The gym is huge! In my old gym, you'd usually have to wait, but not when you go to Total Fitness. The gym's definitely contributed towards my match fitness this season."
However it's not just football players that the gym caters for. Nikki Boniface, the Area Business Manager, said: "We provide facilities for young and old alike. You can be three years old, you can be 100 years old, we can cater to anyone!"
Liverpool's Total Fitness gym can be found on Edge Lane in the Edge Lane Retail Park. It is next to the cinema and Frankie and Benny's. The contact number is (0151) 252 6200.

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