Fire FM presenters battle it out at BU gym

Posted on Tuesday, October 9 2012

Fire FM presenters Dave Taylor and Niall Moloney competed in a series of fitness challenges at Bournemouth University’s newly refurbished gym this weekend.

Dave, who presents the breakfast show, and Niall, who presents the drive-time show, have been competing against each other in a number of challenges – including karting and landing a simulated Boeing 747.

On Sunday, they were put through their paces by Barry Squires, Head of Sports Development at Bournemouth University and Ian Wood, Duty Manager at SportBU, in a number of fitness challenges.

These included seeing how many baskets they could score in a minute, how fast they could run a mile, and a game of table tennis.

Barry announced that Dave was overall winner of the fitness challenges live on Fire FM on Tuesday morning.

Dave, who competed in the challenges with an injured wrist said: “Me and Niall are quite competitive and it was good fun.”

Niall added: “I felt a bit like the underdog because, while me and Dave both go to the gym, he’s a bit more consistent with the gym than I am, so I thought he’ll be alright – until he phoned up with an excuse about his wrist.

“I seemed to be ok on the running, but I think Dave might have beat me on the table tennis.”

The gym, at Bournemouth University’s Talbot Campus, has undergone a £1.3 million refurbishment for the start of term – with state-of-the-art cardiovascular equipment, a bigger free weights space, and extended opening hours and fitness classes on offer.

SportBU has been running a range of promotions and marketing with Fire FM to launch the new facilities, and make the public aware that they can join, as well as students and BU staff members.

Dave and Niall said they were impressed with the new gym.

Dave said: “I didn’t know what to expect, but the facilities are great. It is all brand new and you can watch TV on screens in the machines while you’re working out.”

Niall added: “It is nice to see the place we have talking about on the radio. Now we can go back and tell people that they need to come up and have a look.”

Barry Squires said that the DJ duo did well in the gruelling fitness challenges they were set.

“They did really well,” he said.

“Dave had his wrist strapped up so we had to alter the challenges slightly, but the guys put a lot of effort into it.”

He added that the response to the new gym facilities had been “incredible.”

“The feedback has been great. We are on over 1,000 members already in two weeks so it has been fantastic.”

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