Glimpse of £1 million gym development

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Fitness enthusiasts are set to be ‘inspired’ by the chance to train alongside Olympic stars once a new £1 million gym opens at Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport.

Images have been released by Sheffield International Venues showing how the three-storey facility will look once completed in October.

Peter Clark, corporate health and fitness manager for Sheffield International Venues at the site of the new gym at the English Institute of Sport

Peter Clark, corporate health and fitness manager for Sheffield International Venues at the site of the new gym at the English Institute of Sport

Its glass frontage will look out on to the running track at the institute, where athletes including Jessica Ennis train.

And the stars will also be doing some of the cardio fitness training in the new Fitness Unlimited gym – rubbing shoulders with members of the public.

Building work on the facility has just started and, once finished, it will have 1,000 sq metres of training space, the second biggest of SIV’s gyms behind Ponds Forge, which has 1,250 sq metres.

Peter Clark, SIV’s corporate health and fitness manager, said: “We hope that moving the gym to its new location will help inspire our customers.

Images of the new �1m gym at Sheffield's English Institute of Sport

Images of the new �1m gym at Sheffield's English Institute of Sport

“From the glazed frontage, people will be able to look out and see stars such as Jess Ennis train on the running track.

“Athletes and members of the GB boxing team - also based at EIS - train in the Fitness Unlimited gym for cardio work so members of the public have the chance to rub shoulders with them.”

Mr Clark said another boost is that parents will be able to use the gym while watching their children on the running track below during youth athletics sessions.

The gym is being created in an area of the English Institute of Sport which previously had tables and vending machines, next to the running track.

Images of the new �1m gym at Sheffield's English Institute of Sport

Images of the new �1m gym at Sheffield's English Institute of Sport

The third floor will be a spin studio – while the existing gym, in the front of the building, will be turned into a dedicated weights room open to Fitness Unlimited members.

Mr Clark added: “We have around 1,000 members but are growing and aim to have up to 2,500 members. Although 1,000 of the extra people would come from Don Valley Stadium when that gym closes, we are still pushing for a significant increase in members.”

Images of the new �1m gym at Sheffield's English Institute of Sport

Images of the new �1m gym at Sheffield's English Institute of Sport