I first thought of Boss Gym on a serene drive over the downs from Peacehaven back to Eastbourne.
After an amazing training session in another gym with my old business partner Nick, we agreed that our hometown was missing something. A proper bodybuilding gym. Well, two things. A combat sports gym was also sorely lacking too. There was nowhere in our vicinity that provided us with the training and environment we were after. In fact, we agreed on that drive that we would need to travel over half an hour a day to use the standard of gym we wanted.
Well, either that or we build one ourselves!
The very next day planning started. We trawled the web for suitable locations. We looked at equipment. We built a business plan. We hit the ground running and built up some momentum, looking forward to taking the fitness world by storm! But as with all things of this magnitude, we hit roadblocks. First of all was the location. Industrial units are surprisingly hard to find, especially when you need one big enough for a gym, a combat sports area, a barbers, a massage room, a beauty room and a shop!
The first building we wanted was snatched away from us, denting our hopes and meaning we needed to start the property hunt all over again. After looking at a couple of duds we finally found the perfect spot, which is where we currently reside. Next up on the agenda; turning an empty warehouse into a fully functioning gym!
Anyone who knows me can attest to the fact that I possess very little DIY skills. So when it came turn for me to help build an entire gym I was nervous. We needed to build a studio, the grappling area (which required a concrete wall frame to prevent people being sent flying through into the gym when tossed in BJJ training). Showers were erected, a room for the sunbed and the whole thing needed painting. Including the beams, which somehow I was left to do, despite being more than a little afraid of heights! Flooring needed to be laid (which in a 10,000 square foot unit is a lot of work) and finally we had to get the machines built! All in all, we managed to convert a warehouse to a gym in a little over 4 weeks. It took 16 hour days and a lot of willpower but eventually we got to the point where we could open to the public.
Boss Gym opened it’s doors on 5th September 2020, in the midst of a pandemic. In some ways it was a dumb move to plan a gym during such a crisis, but on the other hand, it allowed me the time that I never had before. From climbing my way up the marketing ladder in London, to PTing 35+ clients a week, building a gym was never going to happen without some extraordinary circumstances. So when the time was finally afforded me, I jumped on it. But, whilst that was the positive of being in lockdown, the negative was soon to hit.
Just a couple of months after opening, the UK was put into another lockdown, meaning we were shut! Luckily we had already built a nice core base of loyal members who stayed with us, and after a month of being shut, we welcomed people back. Briefly.
As coronavirus cases continued to rise, we were told that on Boxing Day we would be going into another lockdown, this time for considerably longer than a month. Never one to be perturbed the Boss Gym team used the time to regather and rebuild. We rebranded, redecorated and put ourselves into the best position we could to thrive post-lockdown.
Fast forward a few turbulent months and we are back open. With classes set to begin again soon we are looking forward to the future and continuing to provide Eastbourne with the best equipment, best service and best environment. See you soon!
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