City gym is now a Force to be reckoned with

Sean Thornton at 3-1-5 Health Club demonstrating the X-Force
Sean Thornton at 3-1-5 Health Club demonstrating the X-Force

A £3.6m investment in a Lancaster fitness centre has resulted in world class facilities including the “Holy Grail” of new technology.

Former fitness instructor Sean Thornton, now joint boss of Caton Road’s 3-1-5 Health Club, recently appeared on the cover of international magazine Health Club Management.

The inside article focused on 3-1-5’s new X-Force equipment - which Sean and business partner Ceri Smith have an exclusive licence to after going into partnership with the equipment’s Swedish inventor Mats Thulin.

Morecambe born (and bred) Sean, 46, said it was an honour to be able to bring this “revolutionary” new equipment back to his homeland to complement the offer of hills, dales, coast and countryside that contribute to the area’s wellbeing.

Sean, who went to Heysham High School, said: “We were the biggest health club launched in the UK in 2013, and we’re the only one to have this equipment.

“The first year is over, which is always the hardest, and new we’re looking at what the next part of the journey has in store.”

In just 12 months, 3-1-5 has recruited over 4,000 members at a time when the “fitness bug” has captured the minds, and bodies, of many in the UK.

“People are certainly more health conscious these days.

“There’s been a huge lifestyle change where people exert very little in their day to day lives.

“Diets are more calorific, there’s video games and TV, so for many people the club has become the hub, and gyms are becoming the place of structural activity.”

Each X-Force machine costs £10,000 and there are 56 in the 63,000sq ft space. The machines work on “negative strength”, meaning the pressure is on the release, rather than the push.

Sean added: “We’ve seen some amazing results.

“One of our over 70s managed to halve the amount of medication they were taking after three weeks on the X-Force, while another was able to lift a bar above his head for the first time in years. This is the Holy Grail.”