Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

New fitness and wellbeing centre for Braunton

PUBLISHED: 08:00 04 October 2012

The units which will house Braunton Fitness and Wellbeing.

The units which will house Braunton Fitness and Wellbeing.

Archant

The centre will offer a range of facilities from hydrotherapy and massage to gym equipment and a nutrition bar.

A NEW gym and wellbeing centre will be opening in Braunton this month offering a range of services from hydrotherapy and a hot tub to dance classes and self defence.

Braunton Fitness & Wellbeing will focus on functional fitness for everyone as well as offering a range of classes and equipment unique to the area.

The project has had hundreds-of-thousands of pounds invested in it by Rupert Ellingham, who came up with idea after deciding to close his building business in Kent and move to North Devon.

Having played rugby for more than 30 years, entered bodybuilding competitions and trained in power lifting, Rupert, 41, has plenty of experience to put behind the project.

“The project has grown organically with a lot of great local people putting their skills into it,” explained Rupert.

“From a nutrition bar offering advice on healthy eating to a range of alternative therapies, we’ve got so much to offer in this space.”

The five units, situated behind Tesco, will include several studios, a crèche, a chiropractic and sports injury clinic, a nutrition bar, top of the range fitness equipment, alternative therapies, a hot tub and ice bath.

Rupert said: “As well as more traditional gym equipment we’ll have stuff like ‘The Destroyer’, which is basically a climbing frame for grown ups and will focus on working on body strength.

“We’ve got a wave-propelled resistance pool endorsed by Michael Phelps, and we’re working on becoming the training centre for the South West in antigravity yoga.

“There will be studios for people to teach Yoga and Pilates, but also for self defence lessons, street dancing, consultations and even counselling.

“I’ve gone back ten years researching the area and a need for a facility like this, and I want it to appeal to everyone.”

Rupert also hopes as the project grows it will be able to become a real centre for the community.

He said: “For example with the crèche, I want kids to look forward to coming here, and want to get a teaching assistant in who can help them with their homework while their parents are working out.

“I just wanted to do something where I’m going to have a smile on my face every time I think about it and that will be here to stay.”

An exact opening date for the centre is still to be confirmed, but it is anticipated to be open before the end of the month.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/BrauntonsFitnessWellbeing.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Other News Stories

33 minutes ago

A cafe, skate park and performance plaza are among ideas proposed to remodel Pilton Park in Barnstaple if the River Yeo is diverted

Read more

Route 39 Academy has lodged a formal complaint with Ofsted after it placed North Devon’s first free school in special measures.

Read more
32 minutes ago

The Queen’s Theatre will host Bill Kenwright’s Blood Brothers in April 2018

Read more

The man was spotted some distance from rescuers on the cliffside, and had to be winched to safety by the Coastguard helicopter.

Read more

North Devon’s first free school, Route 39 Academy, held an urgent parents’ meeting last night after being rated as inadequate by Ofsted.

Read more

Work on a new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the A39 in Roundswell, Barnstaple, is set for completion at the end of August.

Read more

North Devon will be hosting the Great Purple Weekend for Over and Above - find out what events are happening near you.

Read more

Join the big beach clean at Saunton Sands, with free parking and a barbecue for all involved.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:51

Pictures from the colourful parade through Bideford to celebrate the first Pride and Diversity Festival in North Devon.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:28

The Voice has opened a brand new studio in Barnstaple - take a look at our timeline of the history of The Voice, and watch the video from the opening event here.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 22°C

min temp: 15°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications