About the Fitness Garage

The early days

The Fitness Garage came about in 2017 when Steve and Andy, both PTs themselves, joined forces with an aim to create a gym without any actual members!  They soon realised independent trainers wanted flexible access to a well-equipped gym and studio space to work with clients by the hour. The typical format of a large, fixed monthly payment to gain access to a gym just didn’t make financial sense for a new trainer trying to get started.

The Fitness Garage today

Beginning with just themselves, one other trainer and a few dumbbells, Andy and Steve have built and developed a functional space that now supports over 30 regular hirers. By carefully selecting gym equipment for PTs and studio teachers, a strong community of self-employed trainers now work alongside each other.

The introduction of bookable space manages their access, keeping the transitions between sessions smooth. This unique feature is popular with trainers and means they only pay for the time they work with someone. The ongoing dedicated marketing support we enjoy from Clare and Pete at illumanize helps all our users reach new clients and generates opportunities for them.

The unique trainer makeup of the Fitness Garage provides a great range of fitness offerings for clients of all ages and fitness levels including: personal training, yoga, Pilates, dance and group fitness classes. When contacting the Fitness Garage looking for a fitness service, Andy’s aim is to take your fitness history, listen to your desires and connect you with a suitably experienced trainer or class teacher. This tailored matching service reduces the risk of randomly selecting a trainer you don’t know and provides the best chance of reaching your goals.


Steve Henwood

Fitness Garage Owner, Personal Trainer, Lead Physical Trainer for Oncology at Harrogate District Foundation Trust

Andy Gardner

Andy Gardner

Fitness Garage Owner, Personal Trainer, Sports Massage Therapist

Our Digital Marketing Team

Pete Wilkins

Creative and Communications Director at illumanize

Our trainers & class teachers

Supporting our trainers and their clients

Andy and Steve understand the challenges involved in starting a fitness business from scratch. Particularly the time it takes to become well known locally and to successfully market your specific fitness offering. Our mission is to support everything around our trainers and their clients; keeping the gym clean and tidy, listening to our trainers for feedback and new ideas, developing our equipment offering and the look and feel of the facility. If you’ve got a fitness idea that you’re itching to trial – we’re happy to discuss and see how it fits in with our current schedule.

We are lucky many of our trainers have stayed with us for a number of years. This has enabled us to tailor the space to those who use it, so it’s fit for purpose – as fitness trends and equipment needs can quickly change! We are proud to be accredited by the Good Business Charter and we recognise how important better business behaviour is for all concerned with the Fitness Garage.

Good Business Charter

Whether you’re here to exercise or train we look forward to welcoming you soon.

What Our Users Say

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