Sign up for the 'NO to extended parking charges campaign'
As you are aware, the County Council are planning to extend parking charges to Sundays and after 6pm seven days a week. This is just an outrageous attempt to extract more money from Harrogate residents, visitors to our town and our members! Mike Pywell has launched a campaign, please make sure you support it. Pride of place is a brilliant cartoon video which captures how crazy the proposals are. Here is a quick link www.hgsaysno.com to the petition which is housed a change.org. Mike is also looking for volunteers to help, please click here to fill in the form if you can assist.
Now to Gambaru - Big changes are on their way!
It’s been a great year for Gambaru but we’re about to move to the next level. As you may have seen Mike and I have been wandering around with tape measures and clip-boards accompanied by Rick, Phil and the rest of our ‘never say no’ team of tradesman. Yes exciting things are happening.
Corner Restaurant site
We apologise for the noise but as you may know, we have now acquired and are refurbishing the former Thai Pavilion. It will open before Christmas as Harrogate’s most unique urban café selling top quality healthy food from breakfast to early evening. It will also provide a fitting entrance to Gambaru and with input from our nutritionist Lidz Reece and managed by my sister and brother in-law Nicola and Mick Triffit who own Cattleman’s, Damn Yankee and Salsa Posada – it’s delicious and nutritious food will compete with the best that Harrogate can offer.
Our reception will move to the corner site from early December. During normal opening hours, all members will enter the gym through a new staircase landing in the current Free Weights room. Included in the new look reception will be a retail areas for clothing, equipment, and snacks in addition to an area for new member sign-ups and a new online members booking service.
New Free and Fixed Weights room
To ensure we build on our reputation for ‘Free Weights’ excellence we will be creating a specialist section on the ground floor – where our current reception is. Pride of place will be a new range of state of the art’ Watson’s Weights - to anyone passionate about ‘free weights’; these are so good you could almost eat them!
The area will be mirrored out, with new flooring and layout, to create a stunning ‘Free Weights’ room the envy of the region.
New Ladies Only area
Our Ladies only section has played an important role in the tremendous growth in Ladies memberships and we now want to give this more room to grow. We are moving it into the current Fixed Weights section, giving more space to the hydraulic circuit; we will also include a Ladies only ‘free weights’ area.
New Ladies Changing Rooms
We are building a new Ladies changing room where the current Ladies only section is sited. New showers will be installed in the current cardio room, the sauna refitted into the alcove, with new wash basins, mirrors and hair dryers.
New Spinning Room
The present BodyType and Circuit Express offices will be merged into one space to create a new spinning room. This tight space will be ideal for high intensity spinning workouts, which we can’t wait to start.
Extended and upgraded Men’s changing rooms
Moving the Ladies changing room and sauna allows us to increase and refurbish our Men’s Changing room. We are also upgrading the cubicles, shower systems and flooring and raising the floor of the shower section to resolve the drainage issues.
New Matwork area
Over the last year increasing studio classes from 5 to over 30 a week, has broadened our appeal but we are aware of the inconvenience caused to members wishing to use the studio for matwork. Two things are going to happen – an additional matwork area will be created in the current free weights room, the second is more exciting but also more costly. Watch this space for more news in the New Year.
Lidz Reece our nutritionist has been hard at work since June and we will see the benefit very soon. In early December we will launch a full range of Gambaru Guides on nutrition and diet plans. These will be easy to follow and link into the opening of our new café/restaurant.
Personal Development Programmes
The current free weights room will also house a permanent meeting room which we’ll use to run regular seminars on nutrition, aspects of personal training and personal-development. We’re also introducing optional Kick Start programmes for new members, giving them the option of working in like-minded groups for the first month. This will help forge new friendships and build on our community feel.
New Membership Management System
The extra desk in reception is hosting our new member software. This provides many benefits; from accessing the gym via a thumb-print, booking studio classes and services, and also managing your payment systems. We are aiming to transfer members across as soon as possible and have great incentives for current members to move their direct debits to the new system. These include free upgrades to 24 hour membership and a freeze on their membership prices; please see posters for details.
24 Hour access
With the odd exception, the 24 hour door access system is working well, so we will retain the existing fobs for out of hour’s access. Please contact reception if you have any questions.
We have now completed 20 ‘how to’ videos demonstrating the Resistance machines. With so many new members joining we feel it’s imperative to ensure we provide ‘best way’ guides and these short 2 minute films will make all the difference to an effective work-out. These will be available online by the beginning of next week and we are setting up a new video training area as part of the refurbishment programme.