By Caroline Grandjean
A gym coach who got fit to shake off his “chubby kid” image at school is now working up a sweat to help open White Rose CrossFit – an £80, 000 training centre in Horsforth.
Rakesh Patel, 29, will be head coach at the new gym, working alongside managing director Mike Emery, also 29.
Work on the project started in January and the co-founders hope to open on April 25, when free workouts will be available, including the use of kettle bells and rowers.
Mr Patel said: “The journey up to it is exciting and I’m 100% sure we’re going to reach our target.”
They hope to attract around 30 members in the first month, with the 9,500 square foot facility putting the emphasis on personal training.
Rakesh said: “The membership price reflects it but we dedicate a lot of time to customers to help them build their minds and bodies, they’re not just names on a sheet of paper.”
He said he wanted to “help people transform their lives” and that in school days, fitness training had enabled him to get rid of his chubby kid’s image.
Cross fit combines weightlifting, body weight movements and cardio circuits, but also focuses on the mind and the spirit.
Affiliated to CrossFit, an American fitness company, the Horsforth centre is named after the white rose, hallmark of the county. This top range fitness service aims at attracting local young professional women, described as “more open minded and receptive to our message”.
A mobile app, “Wodify”, will be used for workout tracking and class booking.
Rakesh said he hoped the premises would become a social space for the community too: “People can hang out, have fun and use the tennis tables for example.”
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