“The Challenge” gym was first established by Wayne Till and Christine Jobber in 1994 in a small 2,000 square foot business unit in Bishops Stortford town centre, Hertfordshire. With a modest selection of free weight equipment, minimal cardio, low price memberships and an exceptionally friendly service, “The Challenge” proved a hit with strength and fitness enthusiasts and students alike.
In 2004 the business moved to a new premises just outside of Bishops Stortford in Spellbrook, where we can be found today. With 3 times the square footage and space for more cardio equipment, a fitness studio and personal training, the gym was renamed “Challenge Active”. Since then not a year has gone by when we haven’t grown, developed or found ways to improve.
In late 2007 the building was extended to include a new 1,200 square foot fitness studio. The existing studio was redeveloped to become a new Ladies Only Gym, housing a variety cardio and toning equipment. With a new and exciting class timetable the club gained a fresh, more welcoming feel for 2008.
Over the next 2 years it became obvious that yet more space was needed. In 2010 a mezzanine floor was erected above the main gym ready to hold a whole host of new cardio equipment. Freeing up more space on the ground floor, more free weight and resistance equipment was also added to the collection. With a new logo, website and complete re-branding, the club underwent one final name change to evolve into what it is today, “Challenge Fitness Centre”.
In December 2011 the club was refurbished with new carpets, a paint job, yet more new equipment and a fresh new look for 2012.
Hardly a week goes by without something new and interesting happening at the club, although a few things have remained constant throughout. Our super friendly team, great value memberships and now 18 years of professional experience have made Challenge Fitness Centre an environment where our members feel comfortable and can meet and connect with other like minded people, a place where you will want to come back to time and time again.