Stenhousemuir gym starts to take shape

The new gym will offer around 50 exercise classes each week
The new gym will offer around 50 exercise classes each week
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Details have been unveiled for a new gym in Stenhousemuir to be operated by Falkirk Community Trust.

Empty units in the town centre beside the Salvation Army shop will be transformed into a state-of-the-art gym with brand new modern equipment.

The gym will offer around 50 exercise classes each week, with some specifically for teenagers and older people.

The Active Forth physical activity scheme will also operate from the gym and pricing and membership packages will be the same as the other Trust gyms.

Currently, Falkirk Community Trust has gyms at Grangemouth Sports Complex, the Mariner Centre in Camelon and at Bo’ness Recreation Centre but Yvonne Weir from Larbert, Stenhousemuir and Torwood Community Council said the area has needed its own facilities for some time.

Yvonne said: “It is fantastic news for the local area that Falkirk Community Trust is opening up the new gym facilities in Stenhousemuir.

“The units have been empty since they were built and the new facilities should bring additional footfall to the town centre.

“Given the extremely positive feedback we’ve received, we expect the new gym and exercise classes to be very popular and well utilised by the local community.”

The gym will be the first residents in the three units since Stenhousemuir town centre was regenerated in 2010.

The multi-million pound facelift brought the town a new library, Asda superstore and several retails units, however tenants for the stores were difficult to find and some business owners claimed the new layout had a detrimental impact on their shops.

But with the Trust taking over the three empty units, now most have businesses operating from them.

Work will start to transform the retail units into a gym, with studio, reception and changing facilities in June with the gym expected to be opened in August.

Falkirk Community Trust will be recruiting for gym instructors, receptionists and staff in the coming weeks.