Meet the personal trainer who lets his clients bring their DOGS to the gym – to make working out less intimidating.
Andy Graydon, 24, came up with the pet-friendly idea to help get the best out of his clients who have said having their beloved pooch at the gym builds their confidence.
The animal lover from Maryhill, Glasgow said working out in the busy studio can be an ‘intimidating experience’, but clients who bring their dog feel more at ease.
The gym has a doggy creche where clients can leave their pets while they work out to avoid paying for someone to look after them while they are at the gym.
The pampered pooches have their own play area at AG Fitness Training where they can relax.
Andy came up with the idea after getting his own dog, Darwin, a one-year-old miniature Dachshund, in February 2018.
Andy, who has owned the gym for three years, said: “I got my dog when he was about 12-weeks-old and he comes to the gym with me all the time.
“I only started it because I work long hours so I didn’t want to leave him at home himself.
“My dog is my best pal so I’d rather bring him with me.
“I just said to my clients they can bring their dogs along and it seems to have worked.
“I just wanted people to feel more comfortable because going to the gym can be an intimidating experience so why not have your best pal there.
“I believe we are the first gym to do this in Glasgow.
“The dogs have a small play area in the gym where they can relax during the day.
“There is a sofa and water bowls too.
“We have not had any trouble with dogs fighting or barking.”
One of Andy’s clients, Finlay Cameron, 25, joined the gym about two years ago and enjoys working up a sweat with Midge, his two and a half-year-old Border Collie.
Finlay, from Scotstoun, Glasgow, said: “I have been to more commercial gym’s before but not something like this.
“It’s pretty good, it works out because no one is available to look after my dog so I can bring him here.
“Going to the gym can be intimidating but bringing your dog can turn it into a socialising kind of thing.
“When I’m training my dog likes to look over but it’s pretty good because he has his small area to play.
Andy, who has expanded to a second location in Glasgow’s South Side, added: “Most of the time we have about two or three dogs in the gym but we don’t have a limit.
“It just benefits people who wish to bring their dog rather than having to pay someone to look after it.
“It also helps people with their confidence when they walk into the gym.
“It can be a bit daunting walking in yourself so having a dog does help some people.
“My clients enjoy having their dogs here.
“They also like having a cuddle with my dog just before a workout.”