A trip down the gym is now a family affair
Gyms used to be places where grown ups – usually men – would go to pump iron. But things are changing, according to one Bath gym.
Baskerville's in Englishcombe Lane says there is a move towards gyms becoming more family-orientated.
The gym says it is becoming more common for families to come as a group.
The Hewett family is one example, with mum Jenny, dad Steve using the fitness suite, while their daughter, Esther, trains for gymnastic competitions. Jenny also attends weekly aerobics classes.
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"I probably wouldn't have considered joining a gym if it hadn't been for Esther's commitment to gymnastic training but I'm so glad I did," said Jenny.
"It's so convenient to work out while Esther trains and I am much fitter, stronger and slimmer as a result.
"I'd be intimidated in a massive gym but here everyone is really friendly."
Baskerville's owner Barbara Baskerville said she had long been conscious to the need for gyms to be family-friendly.
"We cater for absolutely everyone and have always prided ourselves on offering fitness and fun for the whole family," she said.
"Parents enjoy exercising with their children and, as the kids get older, we often find mums and dads working out in the gym while their children take their gymnastics lessons."