A brief history

Alston Moor Fitness Club evolved from a community consultation workshop carried out by the Alston Moor Project for Leisure & the Environment (AMPLE) back in 2000/01.  The workshop showed that many local people would like local exercise provision, such as a swimming pool and community gym.

It was recognised that the leisure project in its entirety was a major regeneration project, which would take a long time to get off the ground and it was decided to set up a group to establish a community gym facility.  The Alston Moor Fitness Club company was registered at Companies House as a company limited by guarantee and not having a share capital.  It continues to be run by a board of Directors made up of local people as a social community enterprise.

The gym opened its doors to the public on 21st July 2003.  Our aim continues to promote, enhance and support exercise and healthy living on Alston Moor.  The club seeks to address the issues surrounding barriers to participation in exercise and target ‘hard to reach’ groups and is looking to other partnership groups and organisations to support healthy living.


We have a variety of cardiovascular equipment including cross trainers, bikes, spinner, steppers, a rower & treadmills.

Our body building equipment includes leg presses, chest press, leg deck, power rack, squatting bar, dipping bar, various benches, punch bag and weights for both ladies and gents.  We also have stability balls, medicine balls and much more.

The layout of the gym is centred around one main room, with small reception area.  Along the corridor, we have quiet rooms, one with floor exercise equipment, the other with a punch bag.

Being a community gym, it is a multi-purpose building, so at various times of the year, the playing field with its sports field and running track is used by the community.  When practical, we open the gym for others to look around and try out the equipment under guidance.