One21 Fitness was named Gym of the Year

A Southampton fitness expert who opened his municipal gym during lockdown has won a business award.

Despite uncertain times during the pandemic, Aaron Chadda, 28, remained fearless and pushed ahead with his plan to open his ‘gym with a difference’ in Waterloo Road, Freemantle.

Now Aaron’s achievement has been recognized as his company, One21 Fitness, scooped the award for Private Gym of the Year.

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The fact that he was nominated for the South England Prestige Award came as a complete surprise to Aaron, whose name was suggested by one of his clients.

Speaking of his win, Aaron said: “I couldn’t believe it when I heard someone had been kind enough to propose to me.

“It is truly an honor to receive this distinction and it makes all the work I have done worthwhile.

“Although this is a great moment for One21 Fitness, I know there is still work to be done. There is always room for improvement and this award inspires me even more.”

Prior to starting One21 Fitness, Aaron was already a well-known figure in the city’s personal training scene and had previously worked at a Southampton gym for seven years.

He wanted to provide a private gym experience with individual training.

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After visiting around 15 properties, he finally settled in a semi-derelict space on the ground floor of Waterloo Road.

He then spent six weeks converting his new HQ into a state-of-the-art fitness base.

Instead of monthly or annual fees, Aaron charges no membership fees and people only pay for their one-on-one personal training with him.

The Prestige Award judges praised Aaron’s dedication to the health and well-being of his clients.

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