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Cambridge gym earns national recognition


By Adrian Curtis


A Cambridge gym has won national recognition for its fitness work.

BASE Training, owned by head coach Lee Carder, reach the finalist stage for two high profile and competitive categories at the prestigious National Fitness Awards which took place for the ninth year on November 30 at the Athena in Leicester.

A total of 2700 fitness facilities from across the UK entered the awards of which around 100 gyms were shortlisted, across 22 categories.

From left: Will Strathdee (BASE Training coach), Sharon King-Livesey, Stefan Winder (BASE Training coach). and Lee Carder (BASE Training's owner and Head Coach). (5867262)
From left: Will Strathdee (BASE Training coach), Sharon King-Livesey, Stefan Winder (BASE Training coach). and Lee Carder (BASE Training's owner and Head Coach). (5867262)

The Cambridge gym were finalists in the Functional Training Gym of the Year and Regional Gym of the Year (South).

BASE Training provides individual, long-term health and fitness programs as well as specialised courses and a busy program of workshops and seminars.

A delighted Mr Carder said: "Many of our clients are busy executives working in the thriving new business communities around Station Square and Hills Road in Cambridge.

“They come to us bored of their ineffective cycle of traditional gym memberships. and they're often challenged with high stress levels and back pain from sitting behind a desk all day. We help them gain control of their health by providing individualised, long-term programmes".

A spokesperson for the gym on Clifton Road in Cambridge,, Sharon King-Livesey, added: "It's important to recognise the diverse landscape of gyms in Cambridge. Many of them have similar propositions, but BASE Training delivers a service very different to any other professional fitness facility in Cambridge."

Mr Carder manages and mentors five coaches on his team and fosters crucial relationships with his own clients while maintaining a connection with the gym’s membership base.

He served for eight years in the British Army, Corps of Royal Engineers as a PT instructor and was deployed on operational tours of Iraq, Afghanistan and Belize.

Tony Barry (right) Director of the National Fitness Awards talks to Lee Carder (BASE Training's owner and Head Coach) and Sharon King-Livesey. (5867331)
Tony Barry (right) Director of the National Fitness Awards talks to Lee Carder (BASE Training's owner and Head Coach) and Sharon King-Livesey. (5867331)

His work at BASE was commended by Tony Barry, director of the NFA, who said: "Our team of six high profile, fitness industry judges put BASE Training through a rigorous validation process, with, and without, them knowing.

“Only about four per cent of the gyms that enter meet the highest standards required to reach finalist stage.

“Owner and head coach Lee Carder is clearly on a mission with a clear proposition for his members and the business community in Cambridge. This gym knows its place and is doing an incredible job. It's a great testimony to the professionalism of the coaching team in Cambridge."



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