Optimus is the brainchild of medal-winning Judo competitor Ross Elliott and well-known fitness guru Mika Elmashd.
Mika has been a personal trainer in the area for many years helping hundreds of clients achieve their goals, one of those clients was Ross who was training for a big judo competition, after building a successful training partnership the pair began to pursue the dream of setting up Optimus, which means “best” in Latin.
The inspiration behind Optimus was to create something that was outside of the normal gym mould. We have trained in many gyms that feature different equipment whether its cardio, weights or functional equipment however normally the experience was similar. Coupled with the fact that finding a space to practice martial arts can be difficult, normally church/school halls with few facilities and little atmosphere.
After a great workout one summer’s day on the beach the idea of creating a gym with a unique feeling was born.
As well as all the equipment you’d expect - and much more - the gym features a unique dedicated mat space which is the home of Club Judoka, a judo dojo running classes for all ages and abilities. The mat space doubles as a spacious class area for everything from boot-camps to gentle cardio workouts.
We have a lot of plate-loaded weight machines which allow you to do your weight training safely as the machines help you keep your form. On top of that, our functional playground includes a massive rig with a good old fashioned rope to climb up!
Optimus also really stands out for leg day, not only including squat racks Optimus currently has 12 leg machines to help you burn fat, get stronger and work those leg muscles!
Besides, in addition to some nice lighting effects, what is unique to the area is the fact we have a DJ booth, regularly at weekends we have a variety of DJ’s coming into the gym and playing sets to help you push your work out and become a fun social space where members can take their headphones off and enjoy the vibes.
We are aware that going to a new gym can be an intimidating experience. Our staff are there to greet you and show you around the gym as well as giving some pointers on what equipment is best to start with.
We will then look to book your induction on how to use the gym equipment. Plus there are a number of classes as part of your membership which will give you a solid workout foundation as well as working as part of a team!
Whether you just want to workout in peace in your own bubble or enjoy the social side, Optimus caters for all kinds of customers and beginners are always welcome.
If you’re a serious enthusiast then we have you back as well. Our plate-loaded weight machines allow you to target the specific muscles in a controlled way, which also means that you can go heavier as you have the support there from the machine.
We also have some unique cardio equipment - for example, the Jacob’s Ladder (revolving ladder), the Concept Ski Erg and assault bikes, giving that workout the hit your require.
We have approved personal trainers working in the gym and like all gyms, these come at an extra cost. However, if you want help in achieving your goals a personal trainer is the right way to go. Normally PT’s will work with you across the board, developing workouts, nutritional guidance and help to keep up your motivation.
After all, this is how Ross and Mika met and look what happened there! Optimus only allow trusted PT’s who share our vision, which means that you will get a consistently high standard of training. Again, our PT’s work with every level of fitness.
We look forward to welcoming you!