Health and fitness chain begins work on new Huntingdon gym

Anytime Fitness staff James Ducket, sales manager, with Drew Davis in front of the unit that will be transformed in the 24-hour gym

A fitness chain has unveiled plans to transform a former clothes store into Huntingdon’s first 24-hour gym.

Anytime Fitness has started a £450,000 refurbishment of Unit 9, in St Benedict’s Court, to give users the opportunity to work out at their convenience, and it is hoping to have the doors open to customers in October.

The unit, which has been empty for three years, is set to feature a large studio, free weights area and a cardio section.

Drew Davis, manager, said: “We are stripping the entire unit back to a shell, knocking out walls to open up the space, installing private bathrooms for members, creating a studio and totally refurbishing the place to a very high quality.”

The gym is also planned to include a range of weight machines, private showers and a dry room.

Mr Davis said: “As a 24/7 club, members will be able to come and work out any time they like, 365 days a year. We’ll have premium equipment, an excellent weights area and a studio with instructor-led and virtual classes.

“Anytime Fitness prides itself on creating a community and, having done our homework, it’s clear that Huntingdon already has a real community feel about it, so we’re confident we’re a perfect fit.

“We’re excited about the challenge. There’s real demand for around-the-clock health and fitness, and it’s already clear by the number of membership applications that there’s real interest in our opening.”

The opening of the gym, which will create six new jobs, will provide fitness facilities for a maximum of 1,500 members, which, the firm says, will help to avoid overcrowding.

It is expected that the gym will be staffed between the hours of 9am and 9pm during the week and between the hours of 10am and 4pm on weekends. Access outside of those hours is gained via a secure key fob system.

It is also expected that a timetable of group classes will take place within staffed hours.

For more details about joining Anytime Fitness call 01480 260247 or log on to anytimefitnessclub.com/huntingdon.

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