Gym membership grows by 20 per cent
GYM membership at a leisure centre in Cheltenham has grown by 20 per cent in the last year.
People looking to get fit have swamped Leisure@Cheltenham, with more than 4,500 people using the different facilities at the centre in December.
More than 230 new people have signed up to use the gym in the last year, which brings its current gym membership to about 1,400 people.
Membership options include contracted, non-contracted, and one month only options.
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There is also a pay-as-you-go system, which allows visitors to use the facilities without becoming a member.
Stephen Petherick, general manager at the centre, which is run by Cheltenham Borough Council, said: "Unlike many facilities we are open to members and non members alike. We will be offering some new personal training, which will help people get fit.
"If you are making a commitment, the only way you are successful is to have achievable goals and to improve on these goals over time.
"We want to help people achieve their fitness goals for the new year with our programmes and activities."
He cited spinning, Zumba, body combat and circuit training classes as their most popular classes.
He added that all the studios and halls at the leisure centre had been resurfaced for the new year.
Stephen said: "We will have some new groups, and let our personal trainers use different methods and get creative.
"We want to be encouraging families to come down and be active.
"One adult can bring in up to five kids for free, so it is a great incentive for the entire family to get together."
The leisure centre is opening its doors to visitors hoping to try their activities for free next weekend.
Called the Back to Basics, the January launch starts next Friday with a body combat class at 6pm.
There will be a circuit training class at 9am on Saturday, with activities running until 12.15pm.
Sunday's classes will run from 9.30am for people hoping to try spin cycling.
They finish at 5.30pm with yoga. Interested visitors can get tickets at 01242 528 764.