A former police constable has swapped his uniform for gym gear after leaving the force to follow his strongman dreams.
Phil Roberts has given up his full-time jobs at Woodseats Police Station and has fulfilled his ambition to open his own gym.
The 29-year-old, from Norton Lees, has opened Titanium Strength Gym, on Fitzwalter Road, in Norfolk Park.
Phil has already been crowned Sheffield’s strongest man, a title he has also won in Scunthorpe and Rotherham. He has also finished in the top 10 in England’s strongest man competition and in the top five of the Yorkshire contest.
Phil now hopes having his own gym will further aid his strongman career.
He said: “It has always been my dream to own my own gym. I had been in the police force for seven-and-a-half years and I just feel more at home in the gym.
“An opportunity came up for the gym and I just figured that didn’t go for it then I would be thinking, what if? I am training everyday myself with the aim of going to the World Strongman Championships.”
Phil is running the gym alongside Chris Baker, aged 40, who will be representing Great Britain in the World Master Powerlifting Championships in the USA, in September.
Phil said the gym is suitable for everyone, with particular focus on strength and conditioning, powerlifting and strongman.
He added: “It’s a really good and safe environment and everyone seems to enjoy coming. We like to see new faces as well.”
n The gym will host Sheffield’s strongest man competition on Sunday, August 2.