Weʼve raised £20 to the money will ensure that this wonderful facility has money to market and pay rent for the first 6 months until it becomes profitable.
- Waltham Abbey, United Kingdom
- Funded on Tuesday, 20th March 2018
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Scottish-based group personal training brand, Beat Theory Fitness, has opened its first franchise site in Waltham Abbey, London.
The 325 sq m club, owned by London-born 40 year old, Leon Chee-a-tow, has replaced a gym called Krunch Gym on the M25 Business Estate and will offer heart rate-monitored, high intensity interval training (HIIT) designed to stimulate metabolism and increase energy, whilst providing group support and accountability.
Leon says: “Beat Theory Fitness is a unique brand offering heart rate monitored sessions so clients can track their progress every step of the way. We also have Assault AirRunners, supplied by Precor, that is pretty new to the market, which helps us to stand out from our competitors. The simplicity of the treadmill and its manually driven belt means you jump on and start running with no buttons to press and no frustration waiting for the belt to start up. During a workout we continually change from one exercise to another and the AirRunner, along with the AirBike Elite as an alternative for clients with injuries, as it puts less pressure on joints, means our members can push their workout as hard as they like.”
Beat Theory Fitness can cater for up to 40 people in any one 45-minute class and will run a minimum of eight classes per day, also using dumbbells, slam-balls, TRX straps, battle ropes, suspension units, step up boxes, ab rollers and rowing machines. Prices range from £59 month, which includes use of a MyZone heart rate monitor. Pay as you go options are also available.
Leon hopes to grow the business from 250 members in the first year and 400 in the second year, with three or four personal trainers to support him. First time club owner, Leon comes from a teaching background. He explains: “I was born and raised in Camden Town on a council estate. My Mum brought up my brother, sister and I almost single handily. We were very poor; often having limited food and never had the luxuries of most standard households. I had my first job at 10 delivering milk, then a paper boy and as a general labourer on building sites way before health and safety prevented minors from earning money on site. This money helped buy things for home and also pay for trainers and the fashionable items that children crave. I went to college, university and then did a PGCE from my determination to create a better life for my family. I started teaching in a secondary school at 21, remaining in the profession until I was 40.”
Following a spine operation 20 months ago, Leon reevaluated his profession and during his recovery, retrained as PT with a view to helping others with injuries. Having taught PE, circuit training and boxing to students, as well as studying Prey Mantis Kung Fu and Bjj for many years, adapting his skills to become a personal trainer was an easy transition for Chee-a-tow.
“I’ve always been into sport from a child and in adulthood my job has always involved teaching or providing a service; so personal training seemed a natural progression to my skill set,” continues Leon. “Seeing the Beat Theory Gym in Glasgow allowed me to realise my dream of delivering personal training in a group setting. The pre-existing brand and franchise support for a new business gives me the best opportunity to make it a success as a personal trainer.
“The idea is to make this concept affordable for all, unlike many of the boutique facilities we currently see in London, and Leon’s new gym in Waltham Abbey is leading the way. We have plans to open more franchises before the end of the year. However; since opening pre Christmas the membership up take has provento be slow and because the service is different than standard gyms many free sessions we given away to encourage potential clients to join. In the three months since opening the required rate to cover costs is way below expection. This is partly to do with the timing of the opening. Pre Christmas sales are never great. Without support this facility may well close. Leon has his house on sale and is hoping the use some of the funds to pay off the loans to reduce monthly costs and put some money aside for the marketing. But this may not happen in time before the next round of bills. Leon says “promoting good health and lifestyle improvements can only help society and take pressure of the NHS“ he also states, “I have over 30, 5 star reviews for satisifed customers that have experienced the service we provide. Leon has 50 members to date and every week more people joining.
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Jan 15, 2018
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Waltham Abbey, United Kingdom
My Name is Leon. I have invested close to £200000 on my Gym. Total costs to set up exceeded by over £40000. So I have been left with no spare cash to pay the bills. Once I started the building costs it was hard to back out and loose by initial investment.