Gym Scheme Celebrates 15 Years of Fitness

22nd January 2015

A fitness scheme which has improved the health of more than 150,000 people in Sheffield is celebrating a major milestone.

Fitness Unlimited, the city's most popular gym membership scheme, is 15 years old. It launched in 2000 and over the last decade and half has invested more than £20 million in its fitness facilities benefitting almost 30 per cent of the Sheffield population. The scheme, which is part of the charity Sheffield City Trust (SCT), has 18,000 members in Sheffield and delivers 200,000 lane swims and 370 fitness classes every year. Steve Brailey, chief executive of SCT, said: -Fitness Unlimited was launched 15 years ago with the ultimate aim of improving the health of the people of Sheffield. -At the time, we had two very busy gyms at Ponds Forge and Hillsborough and we wanted to introduce a low cost gym model offering affordable membership at a number of our sites so the maximum amount of people and communities across the city could benefit from the facilities. -It was a new concept for Sheffield and very quickly, local people started to understand the importance of healthy lifestyles and Fitness Unlimited grew significantly. The scheme gives members unlimited access to gym, swimming, running and spa facilities at local leisure facilities including Concord Sports Centre, the English Institute of Sport Sheffield (EISS), Heeley Swimming Pool, Hillsborough Leisure Centre, Ponds Forge International Sports Centre and Springs Leisure Centre. Fitness Unlimited has won a host of accolades over the last 15 years and most recently won four awards at the 2014 Members Choice Health Club Awards after being voted for by customers. It's also a pioneer of the latest fitness trends with Piloxing, HIIT Training and MYZONE are some of the innovative classes brought to Sheffield by Fitness Unlimited. As a not-for-profit organisation, SCT reinvests its income every year, continually improving facilities and extending the range of activities and programmes on offer to help everyone in the community to lead healthier lifestyles. Recent investments include major refurbishments and expansion projects to the Fitness Unlimited gyms at Concord Sports Centre, EISS and Heeley Swimming Pool. Steve said: -As a charity, we've reinvested every surplus penny made into developing Fitness Unlimited and its facilities. We provide the very best quality equipment, the kind used at the London Olympics, at a competitive price. -Our charitable objectives are to promote health and wellbeing to the people of Sheffield and, through Fitness Unlimited, we're making a significant impact on people's health. It's a real 'made in Sheffield' success story. To celebrate, the anniversary, Fitness Unlimited has set up 15th birthday timeline and photo gallery for members past and present to leave their memories. To visit click http://timeline.fitnessunlimited.co.uk/.

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