A new boutique gym will open its doors to fitness fanatics in Oxford this summer.

After success with the first branch in Haddenham in Buckinghamshire, FitLife UK will open in the old Barclays Bank at 211 Banbury Road in Summertown this August.  

Started by husband and wife team Steve and Jess Gregory in 2016, the pair were tired of seeing ‘busy, impersonal gyms’ that were focused on the ‘number of members and not the membership experience’.

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The couple set out to change this, as well as the way their local community saw and experienced fitness.

Mr Gregory, a former professional footballer, said, “When we started FitLife, we saw there was a real need for a friendly environment for people to train in, without judgement, whoever they are and whatever they’re going through.

“In the six years since we started, I’ve seen first-hand the difference having an inviting space to exercise can be.”

FitLife was born after Mr Gregory retired from football and started bootcamps in his Mum’s back garden.

These classes quickly became so popular that a new location was needed.

The husband and wife duo transformed an old GP surgery into a gym which now employs 20 people.

Mr Gregory added: “FitLife is more than a gym, it’s a community, a safe place for people to let go of the hardships they may be facing.

“Since the pandemic, I’ve seen an even greater need for access to fitness of this kind. I am excited, no I feel privileged to bring our Fitlosophy - our ethos - to the residents of Summertown and can’t wait for this beautiful adventure to begin.

“Sometimes, the hardest weight to lift is the door and I’m determined to open the door to all who want to feel fitter and live a life with greater health outcomes – I can’t wait to meet our future members, team and local businesses.”

FitlLife Summertown will feature:

  • A Juice bar
  • Functional training areas
  • ‘Top-class’ PTs, instructors and front of house crew
  • A range of classes
  • Flexible memberships
  • Workshops, events and more

FitLife Summertown is due to open in August 2022.

Memberships at FitLife range from £44 to £64 a month, with annual prices of £475.20 and £585.20 on offer.

There are also special memberships available if you wish to share it with someone.

For £98 per month two people at the same address can share a membership, four people can share a membership for £144 per month and for £159 you can have unlimited access to the gym and a personal training session.

You can find out more here: fitlife.co.uk/summertown


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This story was written by Sophie Perry. She joined the team in 2021 as a digital reporter.

You can get in touch with her by emailing: sophie.perry@newsquest.co.uk

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