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Gibbs & Dandy open on-site gym 


A builder’s merchant branch has created an on-site gym as it sets out to achieve its goal of becoming the fittest branch in its national group.

All staff at Gibbs & Dandy Nottingham have been encouraged to work out by their fitness-keen boss, branch manager James Truman, who has created an on-site gym in an unused store room.

Equipment available to staff includes a cross trainer, static bike, weights bench, resistance bands and a Concept 2 rower.

Since opening, the new gym has helped foster healthy competition amongst staff by getting them to battle it out for the quickest times on the rowing machine.

Work efficiency has been on the up too, with staff members welcoming the convenience of being able to fit exercise around their daily routines.

The branch hopes this initiative will inspire others in the trade to think more about their health.

Truman said: “I’m pleased to say that the team is enjoying the advantages of having such easy access to fitness equipment, and hopefully this will help to show the benefits of a healthy body and mind in the working environment.”

Staff using the gym have also benefited from the expertise of other staff members, which includes trained fitness instructor Peter Matwiejczuk, who is providing both exercise and nutritional advice.

He said: “Exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on mental health, improving memory and helping you to sleep better. It’s amazing how tweaking the smallest things, such as replacing a bag of crisps in your lunchbox for a healthier option, has such a positive effect on your health.

“It’s great to be able to help my colleagues to improve their wellbeing, and make the branch an even better place to work.”

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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