Sports & Fitness

Ab Salute Gym Coming to Chelmsford

Ab Salute Gym in Brentwood

Ab Salute Gym in Brentwood

The Ab Salute Gym brand, which is often seen in The Only Way Is Essex, is coming to Chelmsford, and they plan to make Chelmsford their HQ!

Ab Salute Gym will be opening their new gym on Brook Street, almost opposite Fitness 364, which is in the Durrant Court building on New Street (was part of the old Hoffmanns factory).

The director of Fitness 364 has opposed the application, however, competition is not often a reason to decline planning permission.

Judging by the photos of current Ab Salute Gym, they focus on free weights, powerlifting and bodybuilding. The inside of the gym looks more like something from a Rocky movie than a health club. This could be excellent for Chelmsford because at the moment most gyms are stocked with cardio and resistance machines and provide little for more serious lifters.

It looks like they are also planning to provide a more personal service. On their website they say: “Fitness is our passion so we want everyone to enjoy getting fit and healthy as much as we do. With unlimited advice available in a friendly atmosphere, you’ll never feel isolated or intimidated.”

They even have their own kitchen where they cook up healthy, protein packed meals with vitamin packed salads – perfect for athletes and fitness enthusiasts alike.

Chelmsford has become a rich haven of gyms. Long gone are the days when we only had Riverside, Dovedales and Devon House gym on Anchor Street (anybody else remember that one?).

We now have Virgin Active, Springfield Health, Curves, The Gym, DW Fitness, Nuffield Gym (was Cannons) and some smaller ones, such as Elms Personal Fitness and CrossFit CM2. If you want to get fit, Chelmsford is the place to be!

Currently, Ab Salute Gym can be found in Lakeside, Brentwood (TOWIEland) and Romford. So, when is Ab Solute Gym opening? According to their website, the new Chelmsford gym is due to open in the summer!

Chelmsford City FC


Chelmsford City FCChelmsford City FC was founded in 1938 when Chessboard’s amateur football club folded after 60 years. Chelmsford are known as The Clarets and play in the The Football Conference » South Division.

Chelmsford has youth teams and ladies and girls football teams.

Development education programme

They run a 37 week development education programme in partnership with Chelmsford College. There are trials for 16-18 year olds (see website for details) or contact / call 01245 2930301


Yoga With Claire

Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, Claire Hanrahan, runs several yoga classes in Chelmsford at various venues, The first class if a general class and the second is for beginners.

Monday classes

Time: 10:00-11:00

  • Level: General
  • Venue: Christchurch, 164 New London Road, Chelmsford CM2 0AW

Time: 19:00-20:30

  • Level: General
  • Venue: Quakers Meeting House, Rainsford Road CM1 2QL

Time: 20:35-21:35

  • Level: Beginners
  • Venue: Quakers Meeting House, Rainsford Road CM1 2QL

Friday classes

Time: 10:30-11:30

  • Level: Beginners
  • Venue: Springhealth Leisure Club, Chelmsford CM2 9DZ (non-members welcome)

Claire also runs a class on Tuesdays at Virgin Active for members of the gym.

The Gym Chelmsford

The GymThe Gym provides budget gym memberships in the centre of Chelmsford. There are no contracts and monthly fees are the lowest in town.

It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – the only gym in the region that is open all hours.

  • 35 New London Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0ND
  • Tel: 0844 384 3288

You just join online and just turn up and start training:

They keep costs down by running with minimal staff, however, gym staff or personal trainers are on hand to answer any queries and help you with equipment during manned hours (8am-8pm Mon- Fri, 10am-5pm Sat-Sun). During unmanned hours there is an emergency button should somebody require emergency assistance.


  • 6 myride® virtual bikes
  • 24 exercise bikes
  • 23 running machines
  • 20 cross trainers
  • 8 rowing machines
  • 6 steppers
  • 31 strength training machines

They also offer many FREE classes in circuit training, Tabata training, boxing circuits and other cardiovascular fitness workouts.