A BRAND new gym which was set to open its doors this summer has held off due to the coronavirus crisis.

Boutique gym Base Gym was expected to open in Market Street, Bracknell in the summer but plans have been unfortunately changed.

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Co-owners Emma Suckling and Gareth Doody were left feeling "disappointed" but they have not stopped their gym plans from coming to life as they've launched virtual classes.

Emma Suckling, co-founder of Base Gym, said: "Whilst we are disappointed that we’ll have to hold off opening the gym for now it is the right thing to do in terms of doing our part to keep others safe at this time.

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"We will be keeping a close eye on government guidelines and following advice from leaders in the leisure and fitness industry, such as UK Active and Sport England, to ensure we adhere to the strictest health and hygiene standards when we eventually do open our doors."

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Through their innovative Isolation Training Programmes, Base Gym has engaged more than 100 members, both beginner and fitness enthusiast alike through guided programming, online classes and nutrition advice, whilst creating a positive and supportive virtual base for its members.

Head Coach, Gareth Doody, added: “After putting our lives on hold and pouring our life savings into the Base Gym project we are obviously disappointed that we’ll have to wait a little longer to open the doors of our new gym to Bracknell residents."

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Ms Suckling said she is not worried about coronavirus having an effect on the business.

She added: "In the long term we are not concerned that lockdown will have an adverse effect on our business, or on gyms in general. For many people the gym is their ‘Third Place’; a place to engage, share ideas and build relationships outside of work and home life.

"Many people will be missing these kinds of spaces and interactions right now. For the time being we have managed to go a long way towards creating the Third Place for people through our virtual gym and online community, which has been keeping our members motivated and inspired to look after not just their physical fitness but their mental wellbeing as well during lockdown."

Visit base-gym.co.uk to find out more or sign up.