United team up with gym with club legend's son leading way

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Torquay United have announced a new partnership with a local gym

And the son of one of the club's all-time greats is one of the reasons the deal has been clinched.

Following on from being unveiled as United’s official short sponsors, Anytime Fitness’ relationship with Plainmoor has been strengthened further with the news that the Paignton-based venue is now the official partner gym for the Gulls’ first team squad.

Run by Noah Wright and Marcus Phillips, the gym on Torquay Road first opened in August 2018.

The presence of Ben Stubbs, the son of United legend Robin, as a personal trainer at the gym, only serves to further strengthen the bond between the two parties, with a number of Torquay’s senior players already benefitting from the facilities on offer at the gym.

“The players are in most days at the moment, so there are a lot of them coming in and with the physio, Kai, going through their separate workouts,” said Ben.

“I think at the moment, there’s a few gyms that have opened, that I call more commercialised gyms. Although Anytime Fitness, as a brand, is quite a ‘big name’ gym, a lot of people missed the point that it’s actually a family-run business.

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“One thing about our gym which is quite stand-out, is that we’re kind of a community."

That community spirit was evident at Plainmoor, as Stubbs Junior paid a visit to United’s inaugural Retro Gulls evening in Boots & Laces, to outline some of the physical and mental benefits of leading an active lifestyle.

He said: “It was brilliant. It was good to come in and I think it was really important that I did. I think we managed to engage and enlighten a few people more on the benefits of their health and wellbeing. It’s not about going to the gym, it’s not even about lifting weights or going on a treadmill or anything like that, it’s just about being active and moving."

United Commercial Manager Sharon Musker said: "It’s great working with a local gym that shares a similar ethos to ourselves for the local community. It was great to see Ben in attendance at the recent Retro Gulls event, and this is another example of us working together, to get the best for Torbay.”