LIFE has not been simple for gym owner Graham Moxon.
The hard-working dad of two has established a popular gym and personal training service after deciding to break out on his own following a career in the leisure industry.
But when he was suddenly struck down by deafness in 2009, following a bout of swine flu, his life turned on its head.
Graham’s clients relied on his excellent communication skills and one-to-one tuition.
Without being able to listen to them, the future of his ReSET gym business was thrown into doubt, along with his family’s livelihood.
Since then, Graham has undergone an operation at Southmead Hospital in Bristol to insert an advanced bionics cochlear implant to restore his hearing.
Four years on and his bionic ear is still going strong and his gym has not just survived, but is beginning to thrive.
Ambitious Graham, 41, has now taken the bold decision to move from his current location in St George’s Place into a bigger gym at Oriel Lodge in Oriel Road, Cheltenham.
“It’s a natural progression really,” he said. “There a is a lot in the news about trendy training such as high intensity short sessions and cross fit or whole body exercise.
“We’ve been doing this for over 15 years, so it’s nothing new to us.
“What we will be offering here is a little bit of everything for every age group and ability.
“We will have the standard weights machines and cardio machines for members who like to train that way but we will also have a huge variety of functional kit around to keep the exercise varied, fun and motivating.
“I have got five great personal trainers coming on board with me and they will be helping all the members achieve their goals.
“Personal training can be expensive, especially in today’s financial climate which is why we offer the variety of the group training memberships.
“There is no doubt, however, that everyone would benefit from some one to one training as well which is why I’ve done a deal with my personal trainers where they agree to only charge members £20 an hour.
“When you think that most PT’s charge a minimum of £35 an hour this is a huge saving.
“It’s going to be a busy Christmas getting the new facility up and running in time but come rain or shine we will be open for business from January 6.”
The new gym promises to be bigger and better, and offer his members use of a rare piece of fitness kit.
The Jacob’s Ladder is one of just a handful of exercise machines.
It is perfect to help get people into shape, and works by using a patented climbing system.
Originally designed as an alternative to running it takes the stress off the back and works the upper body as well to create a unique high intensity cardiovascular workout.
Study after study confirms that exercise using both arms and legs require more energy expenditure, and therefore burn more calories.
So in comparison to the standard club equipment, the Jacob’s Ladder can offer exercisers a superb workout in a relatively short amount of time.
To find out more, call Graham on 01242 530155 or 07786218113.
Or visit www.resetgym.co.uk or www.facebook.com/PTCheltenham.