Buzz Gym, a fully-serviced budget gym, has opened its latest 24-hour fitness club at Westgate Shopping Centre in Oxford, using a £1.252 million funding package from HSBC UK to support its state-of-the-art fit-out.
With capacity for 6,000 members, the new 18,000 square foot club brings 22 jobs to the area, comprising of three managers and 19 personal trainer contractors. It is also home to Buzz Gym’s first Track & Field Zone – an area where the outside is brought inside with an AstroTurf floor, training rig, sleds, tyres and the latest in high intensity training equipment. A grass scent is pumped throughout to mimic an outdoor training environment. The area also uses a heart rate tracking system for members to compete against others and track their own progress.
Owned and managed by Adam and Andrew Stowell and their father Peter, this is their fourth Buzz Gym in the Thames Valley area, opening their first three in Reading, Slough and Swindon. Like these sites, Oxford’s Buzz Gym offers two immersive studio spaces, a free weight training zone and a cross training area, all with top of the range equipment. Unique to the Oxford gym are graphics of the city’s landmarks featured throughout, such as the Oxford spire skyline depicted in the entrance hall.
Adam Stowell, Buzz Gym’s Chief Executive Officer said: “We’re really excited about bringing our latest gym to the rooftop of the Westgate Shopping Centre. The funding from HSBC UK has helped us bring in top of the range equipment and develop our new Track & Field concept, which we expect will be a hit for local gym-goers. Our Reading and Slough gyms are at capacity and Swindon is filling up fast so we know our no-fixed contract appeals to members. We look forward to welcoming new members here in Oxford, our biggest gym to date.”
Ian Nash, HSBC’s Area Director for Business Banking in Thames Valley, said: “Peter and his sons, Adam and Andrew, have developed a winning business model with Buzz Gym. We’re delighted to be supporting their latest club and expect it will be very well-received by the Oxford market.”