Doors open on new town centre gym

The Mayor of South Tyneside Councillor Ken Stephen opens The Gym with a helping hand from Simone Laurie (assistant general manager) and Dale Crafword (general manager) Picture by Frank Reid
The Mayor of South Tyneside Councillor Ken Stephen opens The Gym with a helping hand from Simone Laurie (assistant general manager) and Dale Crafword (general manager) Picture by Frank Reid

The doors have finally opened to the public on a new 24-hour town centre gym.

The Gym – formerly Lifestyle Fitness – has undergone a £500,000 tranformation ahead of it’s official opening by the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Ken Stephenson, yesterday.

It will be open 24-hours-a-day, with access through pin numbers, a staff member always onsite, CCTV monitoring and wall-mounted safety buzzers.

The site also contains a café, women’s-only fitness zone and a fitness studio and dance stdio as well as an open gym area containing free weights.

Coun Stephenson, who offically opened the gym alongside Mayoress Cathy Stephenson, said: “Having this gym open is a huge boost to the borough, Hopefully, people will come down and see what is on offer and use the fantastic facilities.

“They have done a brilliant job inside and they have made it affordable.

“Keeping fit has a lot advantages for your physical health as well as your mental health. The gym is really good for the area, and with it being 24-hour it is accessible.”

The Gym will be managed by Dale Crawford, who will be supported by assistant manager Simone Laurie and a team of 10 personal trainers.

The centre was one of 18 sold by Lifestyle Fitness to The Gym Group, which is based in Hounslow, west London, late last year in a £21million nationwide deal.

It closed its doors in January to allow refurbishment work to take place with plans to re-open in April.

The opening date was pushed back due to unexpected structural problems.

For details, visit www.thegymgroup.com