TOP VOTE: Leyland gym crowned Gym of the Year

Award winner: Greg and Gina Yates of Crossfit Leyland, the Gym of the year

Award winner: Greg and Gina Yates of Crossfit Leyland, the Gym of the year

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Pulses are racing at a Leyland gym after it was officially crowned the Lancashire Evening Post Gym of the Year.

CrossFit, based at Marathon Place, was voted the best in the county by Evening Post readers. Joint owner Gina Yates said: “It’s fantastic news. We have a community feel – it’s not an elitist gym, and we hope this will help to raise our profile even more.”

We are always delighted when people say they have had a great experience. It is great that our name has spread.

The Evening Post’s first Gym of the Year contest was launched in February.

Nominations flooded in for gyms, health clubs and leisure centres across the county.

Nomination coupons featured in the paper and readers were asked to nominate the gym in their local area that they thought should win.

A shortlist was unveiled and voting then commenced to find the overall winner throughout March. CrossFit Leyland have now received their winner’s certificate and sticker for their premises proclaiming their title.

CrossFit classes revolve around functional movements, which are constantly varied and performed at high intensity.

Workouts are different every day and include a combination of weightlifting, gymnastics and conditioning rotated in a sequence known only to the coaches.

This ensures participants will work on both strengths and weaknesses.

The Leyland gym has now been open for more than two years and has about 150 members, with a roughly even split of male to female.

But Gina and co-owner Greg Yates stress the venue also hosts paid sessions as well.

Gina said: “We are always delighted when people say they have had a great experience. It is great that our name has spread.”