‘My primary goal as a business owner is to offer the friendliest gym in Bristol, with none of the barriers that people may encounter in other fitness environments due to age or ability. I’m proud to offer classes and personal training tailored towards older people, and have also designed the space and chosen trained staff with older members in mind.
When people first step through the door, there are several features of the gym that immediately set it apart – a cheerful selection of indoor plants, and a seating area with refreshments available for members to socialise or rest. Our members have commented that this feels far more welcoming than being greeted by a daunting-looking row of machines.
There are no screens or music, which are an unnecessary distraction when exercising, and one you won’t need if your workout is focused and enjoyable. I employ staff based on their knowledge and approachability, rather than whether or not they ‘look fit’. They are all easy to spot in their bright pink polo shirts, and wearing this is non-negotiable; if someone was too vain to wear uniform, or didn’t want to represent the brand, they wouldn’t fit with our ethos.
I’m passionate about helping people to find an exercise routine that makes them feel good and that delivers tangible benefits. Many fitness programmes have a primary aim of sweating as much as possible or looking a certain way, but overlook really important benefits such as postural awareness, balance, functional strength and injury prevention and rehabilitation. Strength training in particular is incredibly important in later life, and we need to teach our members how to use weights and resistance machines in the most effective way, to ensure movements are smooth and controlled and that the training stimulus is appropriate for their body to adapt to.
We offer a range of classes including fun-focused sessions such as dance classes; a low-intensity group cycling class called ‘pedal yourself pink’; a class called ‘core-galore’ which focuses on core strength and alignment; ‘PRO Flex’ for flexibility and overall well-being; and much more. They all have a sociable focus, and are tailored to members own pace. Community is integral to our business model, and we publish a newsletter for members that includes details of new cases, Q&As with staff, healthy recipes, and information from other local businesses’.