‘Boutique’ fitness club moving in at former Sheffield restaurant

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A former bar and restaurant on Ecclesall Road is set to become Sheffield’s first ‘boutique gym’.

The old Walnut Club premises, next door to the Porter Brook pub, will be turned into TRIB3 - described by the team behind the venture as a ‘new concept in health and fitness’.

The gym, which has been given the go-ahead by Sheffield Council, is being developed by Dan Summerson, and partners behind South Yorkshire’s Be X Fitness and the Be Fitness Group.

There are already plans to open a second Sheffield site in Shalesmoor at the Krynkl development, which will be built from recycled shipping containers.

Dan said the club, inspired by similarly ‘high end and bespoke’ gyms in the US, will offer ‘high-intensity, group exercise classes on a pay-per-visit basis’.

“The way to think about this new venture is that we are a retail store not a gym,” he added.

“Our whole strategy is based around individual programmed experiences.

“It’s not just about luxury – though there will be plenty of that – it’s also about the music, the atmosphere and some serious high-intensity fitness.”

The team aims to expand the brand to 10 clubs in Sheffield, Leeds and Manchester over the next three years.

The Ecclesall Road branch is planned to open in January.