England goalkeeper Jack Butland was one of the first to test new equipment at a refurbished health club.
The Stoke City star made the short trip from bet365 Stadium to officially open the Nuffield Health Club in Trentham Lakes, after a two-week transformation and a Â£ 250,000 investment.
During his visit, Jack even faced club coaches in a rowing challenge.
Deputy club manager Laura Naylor said: âWe were delighted that Jack was one of the first to test the new equipment. He’s at the top of his game right now, so we thought he would appreciate our innovative new kit.
âJack was a good athlete. He was wearing his jeans, but still had a rowing challenge against two of our personal trainers – he won.
âThe members were excited about the new equipment and many came to take a look.
“We’re linked to Nuffield Hospital, so we get a lot of people recovering from surgery, as well as people who just want to stay in shape.”
The club has completely redesigned the layout of its gymnasium into new areas, which are designed to help members achieve the right level of training for their personal goals. They can then move on to the next area when they are ready.
Members are encouraged to download the new MyWellness fitness app to their smartphone, which allows them to access workouts and track their progress.
The gym also offers members a free quarterly health MOT that helps them understand their health needs and how they can then get the most out of the new gym equipment.
Jack, who is now away from Stoke with the England squad, said: “It was a pleasure to perform the official opening. I spend a lot of time working out in the gymnasium and the facilities offered to Nuffield members. Health are exceptional.
Gym member Eleanor Gregory, 28, of Trentham, said: âIt’s really, really good. It’s a massive change. You wouldn’t recognize him. It is a big improvement.
âThere are a lot more options for physical training. My mom is coming here, she is 65, but she will be going on a treadmill which has softer pressure than I usually use. She loves to walk and that means when the weather is not very pleasant, she can follow that.
âI’ve been coming here for years, it’s a great environment. There really is a mix of people and everyone is lovely.
Paul Main, 62, of Hixon, said: âIt’s fantastic. It’s a great upgrade. I use the app and it shows how you have improved which is a great motivator.
âI’ve been coming here for 18 months, since I had spinal cord surgery. I couldn’t walk when I arrived. It changed my life. “