OCTOBER 31, 2020: The biggest gym, spa and fitness centre ever to be built in Staffordshire has opened in Stoke-on-Trent – with visitors describing it as ‘amazing’ and ‘breathtaking’.
And the very first member through the doors was the same businessman who was at the front of the queue when the city’s original M Club launched back in 2011.
Mo Iqbal, chairman of online tile retailer Tile Mountain, said he was ‘delighted and honoured’ to once again be first through the doors of the huge new three-storey club, which is part of Waterworld leisure resort.
He said: “My first impression was simply ‘Wow!’. I travel round the country on business a lot and get to see a lot of gyms, but I’m blown away by what has been created here.
“The size and scale of this place is quite simply breathtaking, with amazing amounts of space, and all the latest technology. I believe this will become more than just a gym – it will be a great community hub.”
He added: “You can tell that this new M Club has been created by someone who has not just invested significant sums of money, but also brought all their years of experience to the project as well.”
The new M Club is housed in a huge 70,000 sq ft expansion of the Waterworld leisure resort at Festival Park, and includes more than 300 pieces of cutting-edge equipment.
“I can confidently say that this gym boasts the biggest range of fitness equipment you’ll find in any other gym in the UK,” said M Club owner and founder Mo Chaudry.
“This is the biggest single project I have ever done – I wanted to create the best gym in Staffordshire. It’s lovely to be involved in a business I’m so passionate about, and which improves people’s lifestyles.
“There is something for everyone here, whether you’re a complete beginner, or have ambitions to become the next World’s Strongest Man.”
Much of the equipment in the new M Club has been provided by Pulse Fitness, including top-of-the-range treadmills, cross trainers with up to 40 resistance levels, upright and recumbent cycles, line steppers, rowers, and lateral trainers.
There are also a range of new ‘StepMills’ – a new exercise experience which incorporates the most advanced and powerful technology to enable the strengthening of every part of the body in one workout.
The huge fitness facility also features a functional training zone, a free weights area, and a 50-metre indoor running track.
The free weights zone has dumbbells ranging from 2.5kg to 70kg, 40 pieces of Plate Loaded equipment, and numerous powerlifting and Olympic-standard weight lifting racks.
Cardio consoles include touch screens with smartphone operating systems and virtual video training programmes, which place M Club sites at the very forefront of the industry.
“It means you can browse social media, listen to the radio, watch your favourite television programme, or even stream a movie during a workout,” Mo Chaudry said.
“Alternatively, our members will be able to use the screens on most machines to access their own virtual personalised fitness plans.”
Elsewhere the spa area includes a huge swimming pool, plus sauna, steam room, plunge pool, hydrotherapy pool, and heated seating.
There are also two rooms for physiotherapy and sports massage, a large yoga studio, ladies-only gym area, spinning studio and another large studio area which will be used for fitness classes.
Mo Chaudry added: “It was a treat to once again welcome Mo Iqbal as the first member to officially use our new facilities, all those years after doing the same at our first site in October 2011.
“It’s true when we say that when you join M Club, it’s for life . . . not just for Christmas!”
He added: “Times have been tough for everyone this year, so it is nice to be able to do something really positive like this for the people of Stoke-on-Trent, and finally open our doors.”
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