Sol­dier sets up new gym to get peo­ple fight­ing fit

Bangor Mail - - WEEKLY PUZZLES -

ASOLDIER ded­i­cated to fit­ness all his life has started a gym to help peo­ple in his home town get fit.

Theo Louis Wil­liams, 25, has been in­volved in sport since he was a child and stud­ied Sports Sci­ence at Ban­gor Uni­ver­sity.

After leav­ing uni­ver­sity he signed up to serve as a re­con­nais­sance trooper with the Welsh Cavalry.

It was here that he saw the pos­i­tive im­pact get­ting fit could have on self con­fi­dence.

This in­spired him to set up Fit­ness Hub in Llan­r­wst last year.

Theo said: “I have been in sport and fit­ness all my life as my par­ents were into this.

“I stud­ied sports sci­ence at uni­ver­sity and went to the Army so fit­ness has al­ways been part of my life.

“In the Army though I saw peo­ple come in who were ini­tially pretty un­fit.

“As they got fit­ter in the Army I saw how their self-con­fi­dence was trans­formed and what a dif­fer­ence it made to them.

“I wanted to make a dif­fer­ence in the com­mu­nity where I come from.

“Llan­r­wst, like many other ar­eas, has lost a lot in re­cent years, like the banks which have all closed.

“I wanted to bring some­thing there and help make the com­mu­nity fit­ter and health­ier.“

He started up last Oc­to­ber, with Scott Thomas the full time trainer as­sisted by Theo’s brother Zach, and he has been amazed at the re­sponse.

He said: “I can’t be­lieve the sup­port we have had from the com­mu­nity of Llan­r­wst, this is a small ru­ral town but the re­sponse has been in­cred­i­ble. It shows that there is de­mand in com­mu­ni­ties like this for ser­vices like we of­fer.”

He has had 130 peo­ple use the gym with 60 now signed up as reg­u­lar mem­bers.

He said: “This is not just a gym where peo­ple turn up, put their head­phones on, and leave at the end, there is a real so­cial side. Most peo­ple stay be­hind after ses­sions for a chat.

“As with the Army the biggest dif­fer­ence I have seen has been in peo­ples’ self-con­fi­dence.

“When peo­ple feel fit­ter and health­ier their con­fi­dence lev­els go up. It is good to see and I like putting some­thing back into the com­mu­nity.”

He re­mains in the Army and sees this as an ideal ven­ture to take on full-time after he leaves.

He said: “There are not many trans­fer­able skills from the role I am m do­ing in re­con­nais­sance un­less you u want to be a pri­vate eye!

“So the gym gives me a busi­ness I can go into when I do leave and it is re­ally good know­ing I will have some­thing to go straight into.”

Zach (left) and Theo Wil­liams run Fit­ness Hub in Llan­r­wst. Inset: Club mem­ber Chris Ni­chol­son

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