Haverhill gym owner provides a place for people to take exercise and stave off the lockdown blues
The owner of a Haverhill gym has created an outdoor area in which people can work out for free and is telling the general public “it’s here if you want to use it”.
The current national coronavirus lockdown may have forced Lee Button into having to close the inside of his gym Real Bodies Health and Fitness to its users, but he has come up with another solution for people who still want their regular exercise.
At the front of the Hollands Road gym there is an outdoor area with a variety of exercise equipment where personal trainers are allowed to hold one-to-one classes.
It includes ropes and bars for chin ups, tractor tyres, a suspension trainer and weights, and more.
And the area, said Lee, is open to anyone that wants to use it, at no charge.
“We want to say to people ‘we have done this and it’s here if you want to come and use it’.
“We are just doing what we can under these very limited circumstances really.
“One of the biggest feedbacks we are getting is that people from other local gyms are picking up on what we are doing.
“I think at the moment we all want to make money but this is about keeping people’s mental health going because people are struggling.”
Although the outdoor exercise area is free to use, users can give to a fund-raising page set up by Real Bodies if they wish.
Since the area was created it has attracted interest from people working on the nearby industrial estate who are looking to escape their workplace and find a different environment, added Lee.
“During the day we’ve had people from the industrial estate just come to use it as a recreational area because they’ve got nowhere else to go,” he said.
“We’ve had people turning up to use it just for shuttle runs and squats, it seems to be giving people the psychological tick that you can actually go somewhere and do something.
“The level of interest of people continuing to do one-to-one training has been really good and we have actually taken on some new customers.”