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WHO’S WHO


gymophobics (Licence) Ltd Address


The Franchise Offi ce, 13-15 Greyfriars, Stafford, ST16 2SA


Email Web


admin@gymophobics.co.uk www.gymophobics.co.uk


H2 Clubs Address


Web Email


Dufours Place, off Broadwick Street, London, W1F 7SP


www.h2bikerun.co.uk doyou@h2bikerun.co.uk


Facebook /H2BikeRun Twitter


@h2bikerun


COMPANY PROFILE Gymophobics is a ladies’ 30-minute gym concept with franchised facilities throughout the UK. Our unique workout – Resisted Tension – integrates isotonic and isometric exercise, making exercise easy and fun for women who are unlikely to use conventional gyms. Our full-time National Training Academy in Stafford provides 23 training modules to train both franchisees and their staff in programme prescription, sales and marketing. NUMBER OF SITES 38 sites throughout England and Scotland. PLANS FOR 2014 There are plans for another 10 sites in 2014.


MD: Richard Hubbard


PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND Joined Universal Health Studios in 1963, just after the fi rst health clubs were introduced to the UK from the US. Also opened an Instructor Training School, became a founder director of Motorcise, and then set up Gymophobics in 2003 with my wife Donna. BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN Sell them the next visit every time they come in. PEOPLE MIGHT BE SURPRISED TO KNOW THAT... I run 40 miles a week on the roads since taking up running in my 20s.


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COMPANY PROFILE A quality gym and retail space for cyclists and runners – designed for those who want to combine training with their commute, while having a high quality facility and gym at affordable prices. Services include bike parking, retail and cycle service, sports therapy, core gym, group fi tness, H2 Ride the Offi cial Spinning Studio, gym, sports therapy and dry cleaning. NUMBER OF SITES One site currently open – in Soho, London – as well as London’s largest bike shop, called Giant St Paul’s. PLANS FOR 2014 H2 City Club opening in London in early 2014.


CEO: Piers Slater


PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND Property developer turned operator – I wanted to create a fi tness and commuter space that offered people a real home from home. BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN Don’t look down – look up. PEOPLE MIGHT BE SURPRISED TO KNOW THAT... I had never been on a Spin bike prior to opening H2 Ride. Now H2 Ride provides the perfect workout to complement my road cycling and mountain biking, with awesome music.


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