17 Years later, it's snowing, just like it was the day i got the keys to my gym business
Today is just bringing back so many memories, 17 years ago after doing the deal to buy my fitness business i got the keys and it was snowing just like it is today. I remember coming into a freezing cold gym, there was no heating, the gym has a high roof which is metal sheeting, not great for retaining any type of heat when you don't have any to begin with, there was pages of old flex and bodybuilding magazines stuck all over the walls, duck tape holding the carpet together, and plenty of old iron that made up the machinery and dumbells.
The gym was a workman like gym, its always had a great atmosphere, but it was very masculine to say the least, very few if any women trained here, i can remember 2 ladies but that's about it, it was a guys gym, as you approached the gym it really didn't even have a front door to speak off, it was an old iron clad door that was held back with an old iron plate that led to a dark damp stairway, looking up them stairs was very intimidating, especially with the sound of iron banging and clanging behind some walls, that had not 1 but 2 doors to go through before entering the gym. This was the type of gym that if you already knew how to train, you came and got on with it.
17 Years later we have built a very different fitness business, no longer do we class our-self just as a gym business, there are plenty of them around, and look how that's working out, gyms full of people making zero progress, what we do and what we have become is a coaching business, we specialize in helping people, nobody is ever left alone to struggle on their own, so if your the type of person that doesn't know what you are doing in a gym and needs help, then we may be for you. Our gym is made up of majority women inside of our actual coaching business now, the guys still make up the majority of those gym members that train themselves although like i said, nobody at all is left alone to make no progress.
We were Hartlepool's very first Bootcamp, long before they became cool, our large group training program was made so we had the ability to help more people and to also give those that liked the thought of working out with other like minded people the chance to do this, girls like working out together and this actually happens to speed up results too. This brought a lot more women in to train and opened up ladies minds to actually weight training as opposed to girls just spending all their time doing cardio, nobody else at all was offering ladies the chance to be able to weight train in a coached environment, we led this way with this locally a very long time ago, now its the in thing for girls to be lifting, but we still offer the best coached environment to do this.
We plan on making the next 17 years just as successful as the last and keep on innovating and bringing the best coaching programs for people to be able to make progress with their health and fitness, and remember if you need help because you don't know what to do yourself in a gym, then come see us, we might be a good fit for each other.
ian Glass fitness
Blog of Ian Glass, formerly obese, founder & owner of Ian Glass Fitness, transforming people through health & fitness, physically & mentally.