Mobile gym can be used in all weather

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: David Hogg David Hogg

A man with a van is helping residents keep their new year’s fitness resolutions.

David Hogg, who runs Hogg’s fitness and First Aid, trains many of his clients in his mobile gym, a fully kitted out, long wheel based, high roofed, Ford Transit.

The unusual arrangement has been in place since March last year and is unique in Epping Forest.

Mr Hogg said: “I started out with just a normal small van but as I got more clients and equipment I needed something a little bigger.

“Before this van I had a short wheel based Renault Master and I tried training some friends and family in it but it wasn’t high enough.

“That’s when I realised I needed to get a bigger van with a high roof.”

The van gives him the space to train as well as enabling him to carry enough equipment to kit out community or school halls for group classes.

The 35-year-old said: “Some customers are a bit surprised when they first see it but they forget it’s a van after a while.

“We have a laugh and a giggle about it and they tell their friends they work out in the back of a van which always gets a funny reaction.

“It’s just another space you can train in and I can use it whatever the weather which is why it’s so useful.”

Mr Hogg started his career in 2005 working in gyms run by Epping Forest District and has also presented a programme for Sky television’s fitness channel.

Mr Hogg has also produced a DVD of exercises which can all be done from a chair as part of a Big Lottery funded initiative to encourage fitness for elderly people.

To collect a free copy you can contact him on 07734 298 235.

 

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6:14pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Compton Akers says...

How awfully claustrophobic, I would rather do my exercise in the open space of a park, than a van rocking from side to side.
How awfully claustrophobic, I would rather do my exercise in the open space of a park, than a van rocking from side to side. Compton Akers

12:15am Tue 7 Jan 14

Epping Hertha says...

Fantastic idea and a great advert for local entrepreneurship. A perfect example of exactly the kind of small busines people (local authorities too) should back rather than bloat the coffers of soulless corporations.
Fantastic idea and a great advert for local entrepreneurship. A perfect example of exactly the kind of small busines people (local authorities too) should back rather than bloat the coffers of soulless corporations. Epping Hertha

7:48am Thu 9 Jan 14

David Hogg says...

The mobile Gym is not for everyone that's why Hogg's Fitness offer training in different environments, at home, at work or in open spaces. A great way to improve health and fitness is active travel to and from work. David Hogg
The mobile Gym is not for everyone that's why Hogg's Fitness offer training in different environments, at home, at work or in open spaces. A great way to improve health and fitness is active travel to and from work. David Hogg David Hogg

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