First look inside Sheffield's sparking new £1m gym

Sheffield independent gym group Firehouse Fitness have just opened a £1 million gym in Millhouses, just as lockdown restrictions were lifted.

Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 9:05 am

Firehouse Fitness Millhouses at Archer Road Retail park opened its doors to the public on Monday, April 12, when lockdown restrictions ended for the indoor fitness industry across the country.

Already 1,000 new members have signed up to join the new gym, the third in the Firehouse Fitness chain, which also has gyms in Halfway and Hillsborough.

The 12,000-sq ft site boasts a cardio zone with all the latest equipment, a spin room, a yoga room, a functional zone and a resistance zone. Equipment includes a Yoke, farmer’s walk, barrels, top-of-the-range Indigo plate loaded equipment and more.

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The new Firehouse Fitness gym at Millhouses, which cost £1 million to develop

Open seven days a week, the site will feature a mezzanine floor and drill yard packed full of functional equipment where classes will take place.

The expansion of Millhouses creates 20 new jobs and, with up to £1.5m invested across the company to date, the management team say they are thrilled to reveal the company’s third facility.

Director Caroline Jepson said: “We're an independent company that is fortunate enough to have grown significantly over the last three years. We re-invested the success into a third site even though we were faced with the challenges of lockdown 1.0.

The entrance to Firehouse Fitness at Archer Road Retail Park

“We saw an opportunity to support more people in the Sheffield region with their physical and mental health needs - whilst at the time this was a risk, we are now confident more than ever that we did the right thing.”

There are plans in place to move Firehouse Fitness Hillsborough to larger premises in summer 2022. The company are also in talks with landlords at sites in Waverley and Ecclesfield with a view of acquiring two new sites by autumn next year.

Membership prices start from £19.99 per month and online bookings are available for members now through a new Firehouse Fitness app.

The Engine House, where fitness fans can do some heavy lifting

Director Shane Beard said: “Independent businesses are embraced in Sheffield and supported by the wider community. Our aspiration is that no matter where you live within Sheffield and surrounding areas, you can access a local Firehouse Fitness community.”

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