Chris Makin, ChrisFit

  • A bit about you and your business.

ChrisFit Gym and Studio is Scarborough’s most tailored gym facility offering a range of health and fitness options to suit everyone. ChrisFit offers a friendly welcome, infact when you join ChrisFit you will become part of a community whether that’s through attending the wide range of studio classes, training on your own or with a friend in the gym or through the tailored sessions provided by Chris and his team.

ChrisFit provides individual, couples or small group training in either the gym or the private studio alongside ‘Transformation’ which is a bespoke programme for those looking for a long-term lifestyle change.

  • How did you hear about Yorkshire in Business?

Chris first came to Yorkshire in Business when he was looking for premises for his new venture ChrisFit. At the time we had a workshop at Cayley Court which was in need of some TLC and this was perfect for Chris as he could set up a training studio to meet his needs. With his new workspace by Yorkshire in Business ChrisFit Studio was launched. This was now 4 years ago and then less than 1 year later Chris needed to expand. At this time, he started to work with Jenn on making this dream a reality. He was supported with business finance and mentoring to overcome any business barriers that appeared along the way. ChrisFit Gym was launched and at that time he won Start up Business of the year by Chamber Yorkshire Coast Awards for his amazing journey in the first 2 years.

  • How have Yorkshire in Business supported you up to now?

Chris has worked hard to grow both the Gym and Studio with a strong team of 4, Chris, Josh, Tom & Mike, and has even evolved throughout the pandemic. Offering free PE classes during lockdown home-schooling, taking all his studio classes online and offered outside PT sessions where restrictions allowed. His goals was to support his members and non-members with their health during the last years pandemic.

Chris is growing even more with the support of Yorkshire in Business. The Kickstart Scheme is a new initiative to support young people into employment and Chris has supported the scheme by offering 2 roles to help young people in their chosen career paths.

‘Starting my own business is one of the best things I’ve ever done. It’s been a rollercoaster of a journey and at times the workload and challenges have been a little overwhelming. However, the rewards far outweigh all of these. I’m incredibly proud of how far we’ve come in such a short space of time. The help and wealth of experience given to me by Yorkshire in business has been a huge factor in our success. They’ve helped and advised me every step of the way and always encouraged my ideas.’

Chris Makin