Gym open­ing day ap­proaches

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It’s had a few set­backs but in a fort­night you can get fit at 2am or at any­time for that mat­ter.

Cromwell’s new 24-hour gym, Cen­tral-Fit­ness, will have its open­ing party on Fe­bru­ary 19.

Own­ers Jonny Roberts and Alex Of­fen said they couldn’t wait to see ev­ery­one that had signed up, helped out and shown in­ter­est in the ven­ture.

‘‘It’s been a long time com­ing,’’ Of­fen said. ’’We know peo­ple just can’t wait to get in here.’’

The cou­ple had been busy ren­o­vat­ing the space in The Mall; paint­ing, set­ting up new equip­ment and en­sur­ing ev­ery­thing was ready.

The cou­ple ini­tially hoped for a De­cem­ber 2016 open­ing.

The fact that the com­mu­nity had been ‘‘so sup­port­ive’’ and in­volved through­out the process was amaz­ing, she said.

Of­fen and Roberts wanted Cen­tral-Fit­ness to not just be a gym, but a so­cial space where peo­ple could meet reg­u­larly and get to know one another.

‘‘We’ve given it ev­ery­thing we’ve got and it’s kind of scary,’’ Roberts said.

‘‘I’m just look­ing for­ward to get­ting in with the peo­ple and help­ing them out.’’

The equip­ment was ‘‘pretty on point’’, Roberts said.

Gym users on open­ing week­end could ex­pect sign-up spe­cials, t-shirts, mu­sic and food as well as an in­duc­tion and the is­su­ing of 24-hour-a-day fob keys.

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