Inside the very different gym opening in Hull city centre

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 7 May 2019

A new gym and fitness centre is to open in Hull’s Fruit Market this month.

The Temple has moved into the empty unit which was previously home to the Kingston Art Group, and will feature state-of-the-art equipment, health and wellbeing treatments and high intensity workouts.

News of the latest addition to Humber Street was first announced last year, but now the owners of The Temple have confirmed it will open its doors on Monday, May 13.

Dale Robinson, who founded sister gym The Temple in Hessle, said: “This soft opening gives us the opportunity to promote how The Temple is different to other gyms and lets people have a look around before we officially open.

“As well as having the equipment and training programmes of a traditional gym, we’re heavily focused on peoples’ wellbeing and helping them achieve the right work-life balance, which will not only train your body, but also train your brain.

“We all know exercise helps improve mental health, so we want to work with neighbouring businesses to achieve workplace wellness through our classes and programmes, as well as traditional training sessions for people wanting to improve or maintain their fitness levels.

Wayne Audsley, Riccardo Seaton and Dale Robinson are inviting people to try out their new urban gym and fitness space in Hull’s regenerated Fruit Market. (Neil Holmes Photography Limited)

“We’ve installed some great cardio and weight equipment which, along with our range of classes and treatments, will offer something for everyone.”  

Mr Robinson is joined in the new venture by Riccardo Seaton and Wayne Audsley.

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The two-storey space includes a health food café serving pre and post-workout meals, a retail area stocking Temple-branded fitness and leisure wear, and a sports and physiotherapy treatment room.

Treatments will include a range of intravenous (IV) drips and booster therapies designed to maximise health, performance recovery and wellness, with vitamins and nutrients delivered directly into the bloodstream by qualified professionals.   

From left, owners Riccardo Seaton, Wayne Audsley and Dale Robinson. (Neil Holmes Photography Limited)

Riccardo Seaton, who also owns neighbouring vintage clothing store Poorboy Boutique, said: “The Temple is so much more than a standard gym – we’ve created a lifestyle space.

“We recognise people have hectic work and social lives so we want to help them achieve their fitness goals by fitting in with their busy lifestyles.

“The Fruit Market is such a vibrant area with a good mix of residents and workers, so we understand people might have a workout then go on to have a few drinks in some of the buzzing places on Humber Street.

“That’s why we’re introducing some amazing wellness treatments, such as IV vitamin shots, as well as a range of balanced ‘grab-and-go’ meals to support our members’ hectic lifestyles in realistic and achievable ways.”

Business partners, from left, Wayne Audsley, Riccardo Seaton and Dale Robinson outside The Temple gym. (Neil Holmes Photography Limited)

With individual monthly membership starting from £29 and corporate membership from £25, as well as “pay as you go” options from £5, the owners say interest in joining the new gym is high.

The opening will create around 12 jobs.

The first-floor gym space has resistance and cardio machines, boxing bags, suspension bands, a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)-style sled/plough resistance track down one side of the studio, weights, and “battle ropes” that work core muscles.

Classes include yoga, pilates, boxing, dance, HIIT and condition circuits, with plans to introduce outdoor activities in the warmer months.

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