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Check out the filthily good Fitlife

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This funky new boutique gym in Haddenham Bucks is the kind of start-up I just love to write about. Haddenham, if you don’t already know, is a village famed for its duck pond and 12th century church, numerous starring roles in Midsomer Murders, a very good coffee shop in Little Italy, a whopping enormous railway car park to service the billions of commuters going into Marylebone from the village, and, um, er, that’s about it.

Into this sedate, well-to-do mix has divebombed probably the coolest boutique gym you’re likely to see in the Home Counties. I know, I know, if you’re not local you’re probably shrugging your shoulders at this point because it’s too far for you to come for your squats and burpees, but this kind of ballsy, stylish start up is what I love to discover on Muddy, and as we are all in urban v rural therapy together, I’m here to ‘share’.

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FitLife is the baby of Steve Gregory, an ex pro footballer in his late twenties who fell like manna from heaven to tackle the wobbly midriffs of Haddenham (by which I also include my own) with his bootcamps and personal training. He’s become really popular in the area, because he manages to combine being super fit (yeah, you know what I mean) with being totally nonjudgmental and an all-round nice guy. Steve’s wife Jess, also a superfitty with the six pack to prove it, has helped drive the business to this point, giving up her previous job as a teacher to work full time on the new family biz. The gym opened on Saturday and already nearly sold out – there are only 70 memberships left – which gives you an idea of his popularity.

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Which is all lovely and blah blah, but actually Fitlife could have been just another small tasteful gym with nothing much to recommend it other than changing rooms that are yet to show their limescale and run out of soap. But hello, take a look at this place.

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Funky communal eating/sitting/juice drinking area, neon lighting, the biggest stairmaster I’ve seen ever, brand spanking new, awesome equipment at every turn, a whole lot of gym gear branding, and classes called Fury, Filthy and Fight that start at times that busy people can actually make.

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Each dumb bell weights 37.5kg. Couldn't even lift one!

Each dumb bell weights 37.5kg. Literally couldn’t even lift one!

It’s so tough starting a business at the moment, so this is the sort of ballsy, stylish attack on flab that gets me so excited that I’m contemplating putting on my lycra. Just going to stretttttttch, and think about that for a while, but you know, you might well see me get filthy in a Fitlife class this side of Christmas.

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Fitlife, Banks Park, Banks Road, Haddenham, Bucks, HP17 8EE. fitlife.co.uk

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