Specialists in Exercise for Chronic Conditions and Over 50's


Fit 4 Life was developed from a charity called 'The Heart Workshop', which was managed by Cumbria Council for Voluntary Service (CCVS), and based in a Community Resource Centre in Maryport, Cumbria. It was the role of the staff at the Heart Workshop (including the now Fit 4 Life Manager), to set up and run healthy living initiatives for local people, especially those with Heart Disease.

In October 2004, a not-for-profit Social Enterprise called Fit 4 Life was set up to continue the good work done by The Heart Workshop and a move to new, larger premises allowed the service to expand so even more people could benefit.

Fit 4 Life continued to be managed by CCVS until April 2006 when Fit 4 Life became an independent Social Enterprise.

What is our Aim?

We aim to improve the health and well-being of all local people, especially those who have, or who are at risk of developing chronic diseases such as Coronary Heart Disease, Diabetes and Stroke.

We will do this by offering high quality exercise facilities at affordable prices with expert support and advice from our team of highly qualified Instructors.

Overall, Fit 4 Life aims to reduce the health inequalities that are so apparent locally and improve both quality of life and life expectancy.


Fit 4 Life prides itself on providing a safe and friendly environment for people to exercise without the usual stigma’s attached to ‘normal’ gyms. We try to attract people who wouldn’t normally consider using a gym as it is often these people who will benefit the most from our help.

What is a Social Enterprise?

A Social Enterprise is a business with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are principally reinvested for that purpose in business or in the community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners.

(Department of Trade and Industry)

Why Fit 4 Life?

No matter what your personal goals or level of ability, you can be sure that the highly qualified team of instructors at Fit 4 Life will be able to help you. We pride ourselves on creating a friendly and supportive environment for people to improve their health and fitness without feeling embarrassed or uncomfortable. We treat every person with respect and strive to help each and every person who comes to Fit 4 Life to achieve their goals. We don’t believe in tying people into long-term contracts and so offer great value ‘pay as you go’ gym. You only commit longer-term if YOU want to!

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