Bristol personal training studios

The team at Active8 are celebrating this month, as the business celebrates two decades in business, with founder Shane Cook commenting “We’re one of the few Bristol personal training studios that have been running for 20 years.”

We caught up with Shane to discuss how Active8 has grown over time.

What was Active8 like when you first launched?

“When we launched in 2002, there were two personal trainers including myself and three clients. We had a small studio in Chandos Road, Redland and lots of passion.”

How has Active8 grown since 2002?

“We now have two personal fitness centres at Westbury Park near Henleaze and in central Clifton at Berkeley Square. There are 12 personal trainers and four therapists working across both sites.”

How has the fitness industry changed in 20 years?

“In many ways, it stays the same. For example, circuit training is now packaged up as HiiT classes, but the core activities are the same. There has been a massive increase in the numbers and ages of clients that we work with compared to the early days.”

“Wellness and wellbeing are more important now, and are a vital part of the full range of personal fitness services we offer at both sites in Bristol.”

Have you retained personal training clients over the years?

“Absolutely, and that’s been one of the most rewarding parts of seeing Active8 grow over the last 20 years. Clients who joined us in their 40s and 50s have stayed with our team, and are still prioritising their fitness in their 60s and 70s.”

Are you noticing any new areas for personal training growth in Bristol?

“Active8 has been leading the way in providing new services, including corporate fitness training to companies in the city, as well as weekend fitness classes in Clifton. Our team of personal trainers are an amazing bunch.”

“We are also seeing more clients looking for fitness and wellbeing services such as Pilates to improve general wellbeing and help them to de-stress.”

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

“Active8 is a well-established and popular personal fitness provider, and we’re one of the few Bristol personal training studios that have been running for 20 years. We have incredible personal trainers and wonderful clients.”

To meet our team of trainers and therapists working from the Active8 Bristol fitness centres at Clifton and Westbury Park, please visit here.

To see how we start to tailor a fitness programme for our clients, why not take our online Health Questionnaire here.

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