A brand new Rocky Balboa-inspired gymnasium has opened within the coronary heart of Formby, with its proprietor eager to provide the village a brand new lease of life.
Formby village is house to an array of outlets and eating places, in addition to an growing variety of empty items.
John Youssef, who owned close by USC gymnasium for a decade, says he desires to see the village restored to its former glory.
His new gymnasium, Youssef Energy, occupies the previous Superdrug web site on Chapel Lane.
John instructed the ECHO: “I grew up working within the Quo Vadis restaurant [on Chapel Lane], which was owned by my dad.
“Again then the village was buzzing and it is horrible if you examine how it’s now.
“I made the choice to shut the USC gymnasium and rebrand, reopen within the village as a result of I really feel I might have a component to play in getting the previous Formby again.
“The village wants some assist.”
The brand new gymnasium sprawls throughout three flooring, which John says are a “distinctive mix of excessive tech gear and old skool fashion coaching”.
The “Rocky-style” gymnasium downstairs has tractor tyres, sledgehammers and kettle bells, whereas a full gymnasium for cardio and different train is on the bottom flooring.
There’s additionally a completely practical coaching space and a complement retailer.
John continued: “This gymnasium is a step above the previous one, I’ve put every part I’ve realized into this place, to make it one of the best it may be.
“I’m excited for the courses to begin on Could 17. I will probably be educating the courses, every part from circuits, to boxing energy, cardio and HIIT.
“I’m hoping our gymnasium helps deliver Formby village again to life.”