Hull gym suddenly closes as owner says 'circumstances beyond their control made it impossible'

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 9 Aug 2018

A gym which opened its doors in Hull just six months ago has suddenly closed.

Rise, based in the city centre’s new £6m K2 building, said “day to day pressures made it impossible to continue” and shut its doors on August 9.

The gym opened in the K2 in February and was the first venture for fitness entrepreneurs Samantha Monins, Adam Stevens and Tom Findlay.

It is understood Mr Stevens left the business in April. 

A statement from Rise said: “It comes with great regret that I have to make this announcement, and a decision that has been a tough one to make but due to a number of circumstances – some of which are beyond my control – the gym will sadly be closing.

“I’m sure some of you will have witnessed the day-to-day pressure that the business has been subjected to, which has made it impossible for us to continue to operate. This does not make the decision any easier.

“I have met so many great people through Rise and it has been an absolute pleasure…thank you to all our members.”

The gym was one of the first businesses to open in the refurbished Kingston House building, and has now become one of the first to close.

The 3,000sq ft space included powerlifting and weightlifting areas, as well as cardio equipment and personal training spaces. It also featured a rooftop outdoor workout area.


“The gym will close on August 9, all members can of course use the facilities available but be aware over the week equipment will diminish, starting immediately,” Rise said.

Read more: Look inside the swanky new apartments available at Hull's K2

Hull’s K2 building, in Bond Street, has seen an influx of businesses since it opened its doors on the back of a £6m renovation.

The first phase of apartments has been completed, with a further 42 apartments set to be completed in early 2019.


Established hair salon Cook Hair has opened in the K2, with Indian restaurant Arisi also expected to be unveiled soon.

Speaking at the time of Rise opening, Brian Freestone, communities director at K2 owners Tradepark Ltd, said the outdoor space added “another dimension” to the business.

It is not known what will replace Rise in the space. It has however left a hole in one of the city centre’s most promising new buildings.

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