Member Spotlight - Meet John

John joined Ponds Forge gym in 2000 as both of his teenage boys regularly played water polo so he already spend a lot of time there.

Fast forward to today and John has celebrated his 80th birthday and still visits the gym in Sheffield three to four times a week.


“I didn’t think I would enjoy the gym as much as I do but I love the variety of equipment there is at Ponds Forge and the staff are fantastic.”


In an unfortunate turn of events, John was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer and was told that doctors wouldn’t normally treat someone at his age. Luckily, because John is so fit and active for his age, the condition is treatable, and most likely, curable.

“The one piece of advice I would give to others just starting out in the gym is stick at it because it will be worth it in the long run. I have good reason to extol the virtues of keeping fit and hope to be free from cancer this time next year!”


John’s attitude towards his health is truly inspiring and just shows the benefits of keeping active no matter what your age or ability.

Find The Right Membership For You

Our single site and activity memberships start from as little as £26 per month*. Or you can enjoy the benefits of all 7 venues and unlimited gym, swim and fitness classes for just an extra £12. 
* further discounts apply to our concessionary memberships!