CrossFit SCL, a new CrossFit gym is coming to Salford Quays. Launching on Monday 12 April, the new facility is located at Ordsall Leisure Centre and will serve the local community.

The gym or ‘Box’ as CrossFitters refer to it, is a new venture from Salford Community Leisure, the city’s leisure trust which also manages and operates other leisure facilities across Salford, including 8 leisure centres and the Salford Watersports Centre.

It will become the first CrossFit Box operated by a leisure trust in the Greater Manchester region and marks a positive step into this market for Salford Community Leisure, at a time when the industry is still reeling from the financial implications of the COVID-19 lockdown.

The CrossFit market, is a booming sector of the health and fitness industry that is increasingly popular nationally, with more and more people looking to CrossFit for an innovative approach to health and fitness.

CrossFit is a form of high intensity training, strength and conditioning made up of functional movements, with a constantly varying programming.  Workouts include Olympic lifts, gymnastics and sport principles.

The ethos behind CrossFit also focuses on the importance of lifestyle and community alongside the workouts. Each CrossFit ‘box’ represents a community of members who work together to encourage each other to achieve their goals, whether they are beginners or have been training for years.

The box, which features a lion, taken from the city’s crest as part of its identity, officially roars into action from 12 April. Open to members of all ages, including children aged 11+ it will offer a range of sessions throughout the week as well as nutritional help and advice.

Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community safety said: “Right now, people understand the importance of staying fit and active more than ever before, so it’s fantastic that this new facility is opening. We’re always keen to offer local residents the best and latest fitness experiences, so we’re extremely proud to be opening this new CrossFit Box.”

Ray Higson, Salford Community Leisure Director of Finance and Corporate Services said: “Whilst these could be uncertain times, this new box also presents an exciting new venture for us. We’re confident it will be a success, attract new members and offer a fresh approach to health and fitness.”

Chris Smith, CrossFit SCL Head Coach said:

“I’m thrilled to be part of this new facility and can’t wait to welcome new members to the box. I’m a huge believer in the benefits CrossFit can have for everyone. So, I’d encourage people to come along, have a go and discover what CrossFit is all about and I’m sure you’ll get hooked too.”

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