This September Origin Fitness reaches a major milestone by turning 10 years old. Origin Fitness started business as an independent specialist distributor in Scotland and has grown to become one of the leading suppliers of fitness equipment UK wide, now expanding into Europe.
Founded in 2008, Origin Fitness has seen a continual growth through a sustained period of growth in the fitness industry over the last 10 years. Origin Fitness’ vision is to be the UK’s number one fitness equipment company; the best to work for, the best to work with, striving to become better each day.
Company directors Jonny Curley and Paul Bodger both had a history in the fitness equipment industry and their joining forces as Anytime Leisure quickly saw the company experience rapid growth with the acquisition of Cardinal Sports in 2012. Since then the staff team has continued to grow and now includes over 50 employees including an in-house product development team and apprenticeship programme.
Initially, Anytime Leisure was an independent distributor for leading worldwide fitness brands in the UK. Over the last five years, there has been a shift in focus towards functional and free weights training. Origin Fitness has been at the forefront of this evolution as we launched our own fitness accessories and free weight product range in 2012. This range is now one of the most comprehensive fitness ranges in the UK and now includes functional, flooring and performance training products all designed in the UK.
Some of the UK's leading gyms have equipped their facilities with Origin products, including Nuffield Health, Xercise4Less, Anytime Fitness, and even the Ministry of Defence.
Jonny Curley, Sales Director at Origin Fitness said; “We’re delighted to be celebrating our 10th Birthday this year. It has been an amazing journey and we owe a lot to the clients and partners we’ve worked with over the years, but most importantly we owe thanks to our amazing staff team. It’s their teamwork, passion and professionalism that ensure 80% of our business comes from returning customers. Origin Fitness has a clear vision for growth in the UK, Ireland and Internationally over the coming three years and we have the team to drive this expansion forward and become a major force in the European fitness industry.
In the past decade the company has worked with over 3000 facilities to improve their offering and in 2017, supplied over 100,000 fitness products into the market. The impact the company has made since it’s emergence as a key player in the UK was recognised earlier this year with it being shortlisted for the coveted Supplier of the Year Award at a ceremony hosted by industry body ukactive.
The Origin Fitness range now includes over 750 products while the company’s recent appointment of a new Head of Product Development aims to see the range improved and expanded further. These products can now be found in over 20 countries worldwide.
“The fitness industry has undergone a period of huge growth, major change and acceleration in many areas. Our team have done a fantastic job in moving with the industry, helping us stay at its forefront and always doing what’s best for our customers. We aim to use our recent success in the UK marketplace, (which is one of the most developed in the world) to springboard our growth into Europe. We’ve come such a long way since we founded the company in 2008, but there’s still huge potential for us to drive the business forward by setting a new standard for suppliers in our industry.” Paul Bodger, Managing Director.