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Hollyoaks star Jamie Lomas visit new Deeside gym

A NEW Deeside gym had a visit from a soap star ahead of its official opening.

Jamie Lomas, who plays Warren Fox on Channel 4’s teenage drama Hollyoaks, popped into Health Fitness + Fight Solutions (HFFS) on Deeside Industrial Park last week, before it opened on Monday.

Managing director Ian Munzberger, whose background is in martial arts, was a personal trainer to Jamie as well as his wife, Coronation Street star Kym Marsh, and a host of other television stars.

He said: “I’ve been a trainer to quite a few of the actors from Hollyoaks and Shameless and we’ve become good friends.

“They’ve been really supportive of the gym and I’m hoping a few of them will be down there quite frequently to train.”

The gym will focus on improving people’s fitness through the disciplines of martial arts and boxing.

Ian said: “We will specialise in martial arts and boxing, but secondary to that will be performance enhancement and lifestyle coaching.

“These disciplines have a lot of benefits for overall fitness – an hour of Thai boxing burns 1,000 calories.

“Only a small percentage of the population are interested in competing in these sports, but the rest will be able to come here as a hobby for health and fitness.”

Ian hopes to eventually open gyms across the country, but chose Deeside as the location for the first in the chain.

He added: “I chose the site because I thought it offered by far the best business opportunity in the area and had the most demand.

“There are a lot of very good gyms in the area, but I don’t think there are many gyms in the country – let alone in Deeside – which has the facilities, coaches and product knowledge we’ll have.

“I don’t just envisage it being the best gym in Wales – I think it’ll be within the top 10 in the UK.”

For more information, visit www.hffsolutions.co.uk.

In last week’s sports section of the Flintshire Chronicle, Ian Munzberger’s new facility was incorrectly referred to as ‘a cagefighting gym’. The Chronicle is happy to clarify the situation and point out Health Fitness and Fight Solutions is not a cagefighting facility.

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