New North Shields gym puts emphasis on functional strength

A new gym in North Shields offering functional strength training has a European Ultimate Fighting Champion as a member

FSI Gym trainers with European Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Andy Ogle
FSI Gym trainers with European Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Andy Ogle

A new gym which puts the emphasis on strength and conditioning has opened in the region.

The FSI Gym (Functional Strength Institute) is in North Shields, and has been launched by fitness entreprenurs Michael Warren and Andrew Douglas.

And one of the customers at the Norham Road venue is a leading European Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter.

The business partners said: “With our background and experience, our aim is to run FSI into one of Europe’s leading strength and conditioning gyms. The new gym is the result of many years of hard work, research and planning. We have travelled around the world to help with specific aspects of the business, the end result being a truly world class facility.

“What makes FSI Gym a standout facility and leading strength and conditioning gym is both the facility – including the vast range of equipment – but also the experience and expertise of the coaches.”

Warren is the strength and conditioning coach for UFC athlete Andy Ogle of Tynemouth, who is a member at FSI, and is using it as a training base for his next UFC fight in Berlin against Maximo Blanco.

Douglas has more than 10 years’ experience in the fitness industry and is a certified UKSCA (UK Strength and Conditioning Association) Coach and certified Nutrition Precision Coach.

He has worked with a variety of athletes, sport teams and clients over the past 5 years.

Warren has been in the fitness industry for more than 17 years working in a variety of roles and organisations including 2achieve personal training and Extreme Strength and Conditioning.

He is also one of the few European Westside Barbell Strength coaches and a fitness writer with 20 published international magazine articles.

He said: “We have worked really hard in bringing a world-class facility to the North East. The fact that we attract professional athletes is a great indication that we are doing something right.

“However, we also want to make this accessible to others and provide a different way to train than your typical leisure gym.”


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