200th client signed up

Franchise plan brought forward for FitnessChicks

Laura WestwaterAn all-women workout and beauty centre, FitnessChicks is accelerating its franchise plans after hitting a key milestone a year earlier than expected.

Instructor  and director Laura Westwater has just signed her 200th client at the centre in Edinburgh’s Quartermile which differs from the usual gym facilities by providing health and beauty services.

Ms Westwater, who got the gym bug herself and shed a life-changing five stone, decided three years ago to create a safe, relaxed, environment for women, which would be unlike any unisex fitness centres or gyms that many women find intimidating and competitive.

The business has seen a rapid growth in clients of all ages, sizes and fitness levels, over the last year, including many Muslim women.

She said:  “When the business was launched three years ago my aim was to create a fitness centre for women to work out in an environment that was safe, fun and welcoming and where they could reward themselves with a bit pampering for their hard work immediately afterwards, which is a great incentive.

“By doing this and sticking to it, I’ve brought in so many women, from procurator fiscals and teachers to students and dentists, who have been to a unisex gym once and felt so uncomfortable, often worse than when they went in, that they didn’t return.

“I feel now is the perfect time to roll out the business model and kick-start my franchise programme.”

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