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Daley Thompson’s Southbank pop-up gym launch

Daley Thompson is launching a one day only pop-up gym on the Southbank on August 14, writes Danny Wiser…

The double Olympic gold medalist is opening the gym to mark and celebrate his 60th birthday in an attempt to encourage people to keep active regardless of their age.

The pop-up gym on Riverside Walkway will also reunite him with a group people from around the UK with whom he climbed Snowdon at the start of June.

“I want to show that age– or anything else should never be a barrier to stop you to chasing your dreams,” said the former decathlete.

Sixty people, who were aged 60 or above, joined Thompson on the Welsh Mountains and a short film of their achievement will premiere at the Southbank gym’s launch.

This time around he is hoping that those at the pop-up gym will inspire members of the public with his free one-off High Intensity Interval work-out that he especially designed.

These exercises are made up of ten different activities to be completed for one minute at a time.

The decathlon world record breaker said: “My health and fitness has always been very important to me and it has helped me to keep a positive attitude.

“I could be turning 30 or 70 today, it doesn’t matter.”

The gym will be open from 12pm until 6pm and is free to take part in a session which will start every hour.

The Chase Your Dream, No Matter What campaign that both the pop-up gym and Snowdon hike are part of come from Bridgestone’s Olympic partnership campaign.

For the opportunity to train and meet Daley Thompson, please visit www.nomatterwhat.uk.com to register for a time slot.


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