England rugby star James Haskell is set to open a city centre gym after Bath and North East Somerset Council gave his plans the green light.

A planning application was submitted by Savills on behalf of the Wasps player’s business, James Haskell Health and Fitness Ltd, in November.

The application sought permission to convert empty office space in Westgate Buildings into an F45 health and fitness centre.

The new site is set to include three fitness zones, a track and changing rooms. There would also be a reception area, space for members to store bikes, lockers and a hair dryer bench.

Mr Haskell said: “I have always loved Bath as a city. It’s one of my favourite away grounds to play at because of the proximity of the pitch to the spectators and the great atmosphere this creates.

“Plus the city itself has a young, fitness focused demographic, which suits our target audience and ambition.”

Mr Haskell said: “From the moment I first tried F45 I just loved it”

Members could even get a chance to meet the rugby star as Mr Haskell plans to lead some sessions.

“I haven’t got any plans to hang-up my boots for a couple or so more years, so I intend to be as hands-on with all of my gyms as time permits,” he said.

“So the plan is I will be taking a number of F45 sessions every month.

“From the moment I first tried F45 I just loved it. I like the fact it is not a subscription-based model.

“You can just sign-up online and attend one class or as many as you want in a week.”

James Haskell Fact File

1. Haskell was born in Windsor

2. He played for Maidenhead Rugby Club prior to joining Wasps RFC

3. He was named as the ‘man of the series’ during England’s 3-0 series victory over Australia in June 2016

4. He represented England at under-17, 18 and under-19 levels as well as playing for England Sevens

5. He scored two tries against Wales in the first match of the 2010 Six Nations

F45 training, an Australian based brand which has franchises in London and Sydney, offers members 45-minute high-intensity circuit training workout classes.

“The great thing about F45 is that is very inclusive and works for anyone – male or female, aged from 18 to over 50,” Mr Haskell added.

F45 offers members 45-minute high-intensity circuit training workout classes

F45 offers members 45-minute high-intensity circuit training workout classes

“Although this is a group training environment, it is highly personalised thanks to the presence of two PTs who very much act as everyone’s very own PT during the session.

“There is also a high level of engagement and participation from everyone else in the class, and a wide range of different training sessions to choose from every week so that people can pick the sessions that best suit their training and fitness needs best.”

The new site is set to include three fitness zones, a track and changing rooms

The new site is set to include three fitness zones, a track and changing rooms

Council planning officer Mark Reynolds approved the plans on December 21 and the applicant has until December 21, 2020 to complete the work.

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