Mark Russell, former World Thai and Kick Boxing Champion and owner of The Team Chongi Academy, in Crewe, is celebrating the expansion of the existing gym and the introduction of THE PITT, to help generate greater opportunities for the local community.
With the help of a Community Grant from Cheshire East, Mark Russell has employed local people to build a brand new fitness area, enhance parts of the existing gym and has equipped the facility with the latest, most effective equipment and employed additional local coaching staff to create a venue that offers even more people the opportunity to benefit from flexible, coach led training sessions that get results.
“I originally opened The Team Chongi Academy, on Eaton St, back in 2011, after I finished competing internationally and settled in the area. My career was good to me and I felt compelled to create a legacy for the next generation, to create a blueprint for people in the area to recognise and create their talents and to build their own pathway to flourish.
I’m just a lad from Whalley Range in Manchester who, through hard work, tenacity, self- belief and the support of my family, community and good mentors was able to take my dreams and turn them into reality”.
“I recognise that Crewe faces many of the same challenges I saw as a kid, both economically and socially. There are so many stresses due to work, finances, family life etc. and we often see things spill over with lots of aggression, bullying and other antisocial behaviour like drink and drugs misuse. It’s hard for people and this appears in the low levels of self -esteem, loss of community and the lack of sense of belonging I see every day. I wanted to create an environment that offered local people the opportunity to access a place where they could get fit under the guidance of highly qualified, experienced coaches, have fun and feel part of a community and wouldn’t cost too much, a place where it helps you to fulfil your potential”.
The gym has been going now for three years and we had to start turning people away due to demand.
We offer technical classes starting from 4 years+ and of all abilities from complete novice through to home grown championship level. Our timetable includes Thai Boxing, Cheshire East ABA Amateur Boxing, Brazilian Jui Jitsu, MMA, Circuits, Kettlebells, Pilates and Power Development.
Members have to book in on a first come first served basis as the classes are limited to 20 people – due to the coach led format as space and equipment limitations.
We have found that at peak times, we’ve had to turn people away.
All of our technical disciplines rely on excellent fitness levels too and the existing gym format just couldn’t cater effectively for the training demands our members sometimes need to be the best that they can be.
We have designed THE PITT area as an extension to our existing gym.
No matter what your personal circumstances, there is a physical place to join, be challenged and develop personally. It reflects what we already stand for: Persistence, Tenacity, Integrity and Teamwork while giving people greater flexibility to try new things.
We are running highly effective, 45 minute High Interval Training Classes at times to match busy lifestyles and to enable the whole family to train at the gym at the same time.
It enhances the facilities to current members so that we can run more than one highly subscribed classes together and just as importantly we can introduce more people to the benefits of getting fit and the rewards of realising the results from the goals they set.
Come and see for yourself. Get your HIIT from THE PITT, which became fully operational from 6th October 2014.
For a limited period TRAIN FOR FREE FOR A WEEK and try out a few of our convenient, 45 minute classes that we’re running over the next few weeks. And, if you join THE PITT before the end of October 2014, you can take advantage of a great deal – 10 classes for the price of 8 for the first month. Well worth a try”.
We are based at Eaton Street. Just visit www.teamchongi.com and book in your FREE WEEK of PITT HIIT sessions NOW.