A shop that has remained vacant for more than two years is set to be transformed into a gym.

Fitness fanatic Chris Harrison is bringing his brand to the former In-Excess site on West End High Street.

The 32-year-old from West End has done ‘every role you can think of’ in the industry but is excited to launch his new venture – Hybrid Fitness.

"This site was great for me and my vision," Chris said.

He added: “I am hoping to help people and encourage them to the high street.”

Daily Echo: Chris Harrison outside the former In-Excess unit in West EndChris Harrison outside the former In-Excess unit in West End (Image: Newsquest)

Work to turn the vacant unit into a gym is due to start on Monday, with a provisional opening date earmarked for the new year.

Chris is hoping to bring more than just gym equipment to the area, rather, he wants to build a community.

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He said: “The experience I’ve had and offer with fitness is being more hands on.

“A big part of Hybrid will be big, group coaching sessions. It’s more motivating for people and a better vibe.

“The fitness industry is very hit and miss for a lot of people.

“When you have that camaraderie with others and do things with other people, you are able to stick to fitness habits.

“The larger gym chains in the area are very well known, but people who are members say they want more from it.

“Hybrid is going to be very different in that regard – there will be a human that they recognise.”

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After opening to the public, Chris will initially be running the group sessions himself until he builds up his clientele and expands his team.

Members can expect a mix of sessions, with spin classes, physiotherapy, and personal training sessions to be offered later.

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Chris said: “This is a venture solely backed by myself and is off my own back.

“I want to make Hybrid a fitness hub.

“Everyone is different and everyone has their own barriers and abilities, and this isn’t taken seriously by a lot of gyms. I do things differently.”

Members can pay for sessions on a pay-as-you-go basis or sign up for a membership.

More details on pricing will be released in due course.