Workington Gymnasium celebrates 10 years in business – raising over £ 200,000 for good causes
A Workington gymnasium that has thrived and diversified during the pandemic is celebrating this month as it marks 10 years of activity.
Xtreme Fitness, created by Lee Butterworth, premiered on October 1, 2011.
Over the decade, Xtreme Fitness has raised over £ 200,000 for local causes and charities, moved into a 20,000 square foot resort during the pandemic, built a team of 16 dedicated staff, has over 1,200 active gym members, survived a pandemic and claim over four million downloads on GIPHY.
“My uncle had a gym when I was young,” Lee said.
“I started going there when I was 14 and attended the women-only sessions with my mom! Since then I have always trained and done bodybuilding shows, charity boxing fights and played rugby for local teams. It has always been an integral part of my life. “
At 16, Lee joined the British Army Parachute Regiment, but then went to work in a long series of jobs until his mid-twenties.
He said: “I went back to college when I was 25 and did an HND in software engineering, then I was lucky enough to get an apprenticeship as a systems engineer and worked my way up. step up for six years to become a project manager with expert systems control working in the nuclear sector, ”he said.
However, despite a successful career, Lee decided to take the plunge and started Xtreme Fitness.
Lee added, “The idea of starting my own gym had always been on my mind and one day I decided to go, I guess I wanted my career to be something I really enjoyed and to which I was keen; I didn’t want it to be just a job. Fitness has been such a positive thing for me and I wanted to help others feel it as well.
“When I decided to open Xtreme Fitness, many told me it wouldn’t work, that no one would want to go to Lillyhall for a gym. I believed in what I was doing and knew it would work.
“What I didn’t know was who my client would be?” I had never run a business before, let alone a gym, just didn’t know who would walk through that door and sign up.
“To say I was blown away by the type of members who signed up would be an understatement. Some of the most amazing people I have met, a lot of kind, caring, crazy people with a heart of gold.
“Twenty percent of businesses fail in their first year and 60% within three years.
“I want to thank all of our amazing members for all of their support over the years, especially the past two years.
“Without the support during the pandemic, we wouldn’t be here now. A big thank you to my amazing team who is one of the reasons the gym works so well and the number of people we can help. “