Argyllshire gym owner addresses child obesity with new kids programme

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A former navy fitness instructor who opened his own personal training centre six months ago is aiming to help Helensburgh children get fit and healthy by offering them free classes.

Steve Losh has been running SOS Fitness for six years providing personal training and a range of classes in Hermitage Park.

With the park undergoing renovations, Steven launched The Journey, a state of the art gym on the seafront where his team of six run personal training sessions, Pilates, yoga, metafit and weight lifting classes. Steve benefitted from funding from the Business Gateway Local Growth Accelerator Programme, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014-20 Structural Funds Programme.

Now, Steve is planning on hosting a free weekly kid’s class when Hermitage Park reopens, to encourage youngsters to get fit and combat child obesity.

Steve said: “We have around 70 children of all ages at our Kidz That Lift sessions at The Journey so we know that kids are interested in getting healthy. My goal has always been to create a community for the whole family and so far that’s proving really popular with our members. We want this to continue when we start our Hermitage Park classes again and in order to encourage young people to work out we will be providing a free functional training class specifically designed for kids.

“So far The Journey has been an overwhelming success and we couldn’t have done it without the support of Business Gateway. Our adviser Jen Smith has been absolutely fantastic. Business Gateway has helped us with an employee grant and pointed us in the right direction for funding that allowed us to invest in essential equipment.”

With over 100 members from Helensburgh, Glasgow, Dumbarton, Arrochar, Clydebank, Loch Lomond and even Tindrum, The Journey also calls upon nutrition experts, physiotherapists and chiropractors to educate members on different areas of the body.

Steve added: “We are invested in people’s journeys and want to encourage and motivate them. We use an App so that booking is as easy as possible and offer flexible hours to accommodate work and family time. Currently, we have three full time and three part time members of staff which should increase this year as we reintroduce our Park presence. Going forward our aim is to increase the size of The Journey, both in membership and premises, and continue to engage with the council to build a big following at our Hermitage Park classes. It’s a really exciting time and I’m enjoying every second of running my own business.”

Jen Smith of Business Gateway said: “Steve is expanding his client base and continually developing his business. He received Local Growth Accelerator Growth (LGAP) funding to help kit out his gym and successfully applied for a LGAP Employer Grant that allowed him to take on a much needed employee. We will work closely with Steve as he continues to develop SOS Fitness and The Journey.”

Find out how Business Gateway Argyll and Bute can help your business by visiting their local page or calling 01546 808 363.

Outwith this area? Find your local Business Gateway office or call 0300 013 4753.

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