The Gym, opening in January of next year, is a new fitness complex situated in what was Testos Bingo Hall in Consett as a new place to work out and get healthy. Work on the the Gym Consettbuilding started in May of this year and is coming closer to completion with each day that passes. The amount of work put in to get this new gym ready for action needs to be seen to be believed. Over the renovation period of the building, 26 skips full of rubbish were removed and a whole new roof was installed to make sure everything is in tip top condition coming up to the opening in January.

The Gym has 16,000 square feet of space which will be filled with equipment for both men and women with enough machines that no-one has to be standing around waiting to get on and get fit. The upstairs of the gym will feature a number of cardio areas which include spinning and boxing along with the facilities to give sports massages and a mixed sauna to relax after a hard work out.  Downstairs is where you get lifting in a number of different weight rooms with areas dedicated to chest workouts and also a conditioning room.

Another plan for The Gym is the inclusion of a sports bar opening in 2013 which will feature a café with cooked to order health foods such as steak and salmon to help you stay healthy whilst you enjoy a great meal prepared especially for you.  The outside area has also been renovated with a new patio area, a redeveloped car park and also a lick of paint for the building which has been standing unused for around 25 years.

It’s great to see a member of our community taking steps to renovate and reuse an unoccupied building. Turning an empty space into a positive area for fitness can only rejuvenate a part of Consett that has not been used in a very long time. Owner and project leader Stephen Neilsen said, “It’s been a big project but I’ve really enjoyed it.”

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Chris Brown
Christopher Brown is Consett Magazine's lead journalist. Chris enjoys meeting with a whole host of different people to report on what's happening in Consett, Co.Durham.


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