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There's a brand new £1m gym in Gloucester – take a look inside – Gloucestershire Live

An upmarket 24-hour gym has opened its doors for the first time in Gloucester.

Covering the first floor of the building housing TK Maxx in Northgate Street, Snap Fitness boats a wide range of equipment and courses for fitness fanatics after putting £1million into the renovations.

The ‘boutique-style’ franchise gym promises virtual group classes, Olympic level weight lifting platforms, self-generated treadmills, prowler runs and parachute runs.

Official opening of Snap Fitness 24-7 gym 12-23 Northgate Street, Gloucester by The Mayor of Gloucester Steve Morgan. News; Citizen: 11.09.17. Photos by Anna Lythgoe

Alex Clatworthy, the assistant manager at Snap Fitness, said: “This is a new gym chain that has come to the UK from America, with brand new equipment and lots of different sessions and activities for anyone who joins the gym.

“People can come in when they like with a pass that allows them into any of our gyms across the country.”

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The building has lain empty for several years after Marks and Spencer moved to Eastgate Street.

Official opening of Snap Fitness 24-7 gym 12-23 Northgate Street, Gloucester by The Mayor of Gloucester Steve Morgan. News; Citizen: 11.09.17. Photos by Anna Lythgoe

But the arrival of Snap Fitness and TK Maxx a few months before is hoped to create a revitalisation of the tired looking Northgate Street.

Mayor of Gloucester councillor Steve Morgan officially opened the gym by cutting the ribbon and said he was pleased to see the new venture in the city.

Official opening of Snap Fitness 24-7 gym 12-23 Northgate Street, Gloucester by The Mayor of Gloucester Steve Morgan. News; Citizen: 11.09.17. Photos by Anna Lythgoe

“I am delighted to open the new Snap Fitness gym. It’s great to see new businesses like this coming to Gloucester,” he said.

“This gym will provide a great place for people to exercise and get fit, and will be a good addition to the city’s economy.”

In the next few years Snap Fitness plans to open numerous chains throughout the UK.

PICTURED: Assistant Manager Alice Clatworthy tries out the tredmill. Official opening of Snap Fitness 24-7 gym 12-23 Northgate Street, Gloucester by The Mayor of Gloucester Steve Morgan. News; Citizen: 11.09.17. Photos by Anna Lythgoe

Founded in 2003, the franchise has clubs in 18 countries.

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Study Shows Fitness Gym Membership Pays Health Benefits

AMES, Iowa- The New Year’s resolutions of weight loss and fitness can be better achieved if you have a gym membership, according to a new study from Iowa State University.

The study led by Duck-chul (DC) Lee, an assistant professor of Kinesiology at ISU said that people who belong to a health club exercised more, and had better heart health. The benefits are even greater if you have had a gym membership for over a year.

“It’s not surprising that people with a gym membership work out more, but the difference in our results is pretty dramatic,” Lee said, in a news release. “Gym members were 14 times more aerobically active than non-members and 10 times more likely to meet muscle-strengthening guidelines, regardless of their age and weight.”

Lee said it is recommended that adults get 150 minutes of moderate activity a week, and 75 minutes of vigorous activity.

“You have to do both aerobic and resistance exercise,” said Lee. “You can meet the aerobic exercise guidelines by doing exercise or physical activity outside like running bicycling, but meeting the resistance exercise guideline, it’s more difficult or challenging to do that outside the gym.

Exercise resistance is done by lifting weights, and differs from running or biking.

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