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First mobile gym offers top training and equipment for Cambridge fitness fans

The region’s first mobile fitness van is now able to deliver a fitness routine and a trainer to deliver any type of exercise programme from the comfort of your business or home address.

Liam Rushmer is a qualified fitness instructor. Picture: Keith Heppell
Liam Rushmer is a qualified fitness instructor. Picture: Keith Heppell

Fitness Rush Mobile is the brainchild of Liam Rushmer, a fitness instructor who built his first gym at his parent’s house in 2007.

The custom-made design has been created on the chassis and cab of a Citroën Relay.

“I drew it all using pen and paper,” Liam says, “then handed it over to Masters Exhibitions.”

Masters is a promotional vehicle manufacturer based in Kent.

“We wanted it to be the best it can be, including an adjustable water rower, with NOHrD as the equipment provider. They also provided the sprint treadmill.”

The equipment packed into the gym is high quality and varied.

“We had to be very careful about the weight,” Liam says. “It had to be 3.5 tonnes in total, that includes the dumbbells. There’s also an upright bike, also by NOHrD, and a cable column and hand weights.

“It’s all built into the van. You walk in and see the two boxes over the wheel arches, the rower is on one, the cycle is on the other, and the treadmill is in the middle, sunk between the two boxes.

“You can have up to four people in the van per session, and you can also set up an outside session with straps, TRX suspension trainers and resistance bands.

“There’s a 16-panel touch wall, so you can switch all the lights out and have different patterns which are good for the brain’s functioning.”

Fitness Rush Mobile is available for companies and individuals to book. Picture: Keith Heppell
Fitness Rush Mobile is available for companies and individuals to book. Picture: Keith Heppell

Other options include a medicine ball, outdoor sled, a squat rack which folds off the wall, bench pressing and pull-ups – “NOHrD provided a solid oak bench”.

Liam, who obtained an instruction qualification from David Lloyd Cambridge, is a level 2 fitness instructor and level 3 personal trainer. Unusually, his specific focus is on mental health.

“My experience with mental health patients, where privacy is needed – especially those with anxiety – sets me apart from other trainers,” he says.

“We have started working with companies and organisations, offering wellness packages, to go to people’s homes, including nutrition advice to help with productivity.”

One of the first customers was Wayne Farrington, owner/director of Cambridge Flat Roofing.

“I trained with Liam a few years ago,” Wayne tells the Cambridge Independent, “and he mentioned the mobile gym and it’s a good idea – and it’s really good with Covid because you can do outdoor training.

“He comes out to you, for a 45 minute/one hour booking, you have your session and it’s just as good as being in a gym. The prices are very reasonable.

“Company-wise, we may use it in the future, once things settle down: every couple of weeks should do it. Everything you could possibly want from a gym is in that vehicle.”

Prices start at £35 for an introductory 45-minute session, then it’s £60 for 45 minutes if the van is called out to any address in the Cambridge area.

Liam is already considering a second van, because he only picked the vehicle up this month and there’s already been 25 people trained so far.

“I’ll get a whole fleet in if the government comes on board to help with mental health purposes,” he say, adding that the next vehicle will be electric.

“I'm proud of what we’ve done here, we’ve changed people’s lives for the better – even after a couple of weeks they come out of their shell,” he concludes.

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