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Hornchurch ex-marine launches revolutionary Romford gym

PUBLISHED: 11:43 05 August 2014 | UPDATED: 11:43 05 August 2014

Ex-marine Daniel Hensby in his new gym

Ex-marine Daniel Hensby in his new gym

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A fitness enthusiast and ex-marine is bouncing back from a hip operation by opening his own gym.

Ex-marine Daniel Hensby in his new gymEx-marine Daniel Hensby in his new gym

Daniel Hensby, 31, of Hornchurch, served in the Royal Marines for 16 years until he tore the cartilage in his hip.

After leaving the marines Mr Hensby decided to go into coaching and opened the Crossfit gym in Brooklyns Approach, Romford, on Saturday.

Crossfit gym will make the most of Mr Hensby’s military experience, offering strict and intense workout regimes, drills and programmes for people of all abilities.

He said: “Crossfit, in a nutshell, is strength and conditioning - you get all the same fitness benefits from running, swimming and cycling, but it’s everything in one.”

Ex-marine Daniel Hensby in his new gymEx-marine Daniel Hensby in his new gym

The Crossfit training philosophy, which was first founded by American trainer Greg Glassman, includes interval training - short intense cardio sessions - power lifting and gymnastics.

“People who go to a normal gym, go in everyday to do the same thing and they get bored after a few months. It’s a continuous cycle. People end up going to the gym just to talk to the people there.”

Mr Hensby, who is trying to revolutionise the gym experience, is relishing the chance to finally become his own boss by opening his business.

He added: “Being in the Royal Marines for 16 years and being told what to do - you get a passion to want to tell yourself what to do. I always said to myself that I would set up my own business.”

The vision for the gym is that it becomes a social hub for users who can support and encourage other users in their workout regimes.

Mr Hensby said: “It’s going to be a community, a place where everybody gets to know each other.” He added: “You have to leave your egos at the door.”

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