'Amazing clients' keep alive fitness dream
- Credit: Elyte Fitness
An Ely business that switched to new premises just three weeks before the first lockdown has described how they had to “adapt to survive”.
March 2021 should have been a month of celebrating their first anniversary of moving to Lancaster Way Business Park near Ely.
Instead Elyte Fitness has celebrated a little differently.
“It's been online with our amazing clients,” says Dawn Lamb.
In March 2020, Elyte Fitness moved from Broad Street, Ely to Lancaster Way.
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Dawn says: “We had an amazing studio in Ely.
“However due to the cost of running the business and the inability to grow, we found ourselves in a position where we had to find an alternative location.”
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She said: “We were excited to have the opportunity move to Lancaster Way.
“We opened the doors to our amazing group training facility on March 1, 2020.”
The centre had “three fantastic weeks being open and then we were forced to close, due to the first lockdown”.
Dawn said: “We realised, very quickly, that without some kind of service to offer our members throughout the lockdown, the business would sink without trace.
“We switched our group training to online, real time, Zoom-based classes and managed to keep a core membership, who are the reason we are still here.”
Over the last year, Elyte Fitness says they have had to completely remodel the business.
“With the losses we encountered and with restrictions on social distancing, we found we could no longer operate as a group training facility,” said Dawn.
“We had two choices; completely close the business, or to re-design the business.
“So, we decided to open as an open gym and to move group training outdoors, to a boot camp style.”
In the last year they have only had the doors open for four months.
“We have been hit with many obstacles and, like many business owners, we have lost many nights of sleep with the worry of the unknown,” said Dawn.
“We are an independent, family-run business with a team ready to help Ely and the surrounding area stay fit and well.”
She says they have been sustained by “enormous support from our members, who have enabled us to survive”.
She added: “We are truly humbled by the good will and generosity of our core members and hope to see them all, in the flesh, in the next few weeks.”