A personal trainer’s new venture is sailing ahead after moving into a new home.
Graham Low has taken up a unit in the business centre in Seaham Marina with his East Coast Training firm.
The 28-year-old will take clients on one-to-one sessions there, with the seafront spot also being used to host his regular boot camps.
The business centre is part of the multi-awardwinning £3.2million transformation of the North Dock, with Graham’s company joining a host of businesses which have already moved into the two-storey building.
Graham, who is originally from Sunderland and now lives in Seaham, has previously worked as a personal trainer at Seaham Hall, before he launched on his own.
He said: “I’ve been in Seaham for about three or four years now, and this was the next step.
“Since I’ve gone out on my own it’s gone from strength to strength, and that should go on now I’ve got my own place.”
Graham’s boot camps welcome up to 50 people a week, with one of the sessions dedicated to women who are a size 16-plus, with a tailored programme to boost fitness levels.
He also looks after about a dozen personal training clients.
It follows a career which began eight years ago, which has seen him train as a level three personal trainer with qualifications in nutrition and weight management.
It began after Graham spent almost four years as a professional footballer at Hartlepool United after he left school, beginning with a scholarship.
His position with the club was cut short when he sustained an injury, but what he had learned about fitness and his time in the treatment room is put into practice as he set out on a new path, and gave him an incentive to help others boost their fitness levels.
After completing his training qualifications, he spent a year working in Dubai, then began his work at Seaham Hall and Serenity Spa as a gym supervisor, where he worked for three years and first set up boot camps in the town.
He launched G-Low Fitness Academy, which also covered the Sunderland area.
The marina boot camps are held on Monday at 6am, Tuesday at 6.30pm, Thursday at 6.30pm, and Friday at 6am.
More details can be found eastcoast-fitness.com.
Graham’s business joins other tenants at the centre which include an upper-floor cafe with balcony which looks out across the sea, wool shop, ice cream parlour, pancake cafe and gift shop, and neighbours a local heritage centre and 77 boat berths.