Inside new gym in Lenton set up by personal trainer who saved friend’s life – Nottinghamshire Live

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A new gym is soon to launch in Lenton set up by a man who dropped a whopping seven stone after suffering a serious heart attack.

Paul Kendrick, 53, of Sunray Grove, Hucknall, weighed 22 stone and shed the pounds in up to 10 months after being told by medics his left artery was close to being fully blocked.

He turned to his long-time friend John Clarke, a personal trainer who helped turn his life around.

Owing his life to Mr Clarke, 40, of Carlton, the pair have worked to launch a gym called PF Aesthetics, in Willoughby Street, to help other people transform their lives.

Ahead of the official opening next week, Mr Kendrick, the managing director of an insulation company, said: “About 24 months ago, I was in the back garden, felt uneasy, had some pains in the chest and then, believe it or not, a week later I went to Benidorm with the lads on a stag-do.

“I couldn’t keep up with the walking, came back on the Monday, phoned the doctors up and went to A&E.

“I had high blood pressure and unstable angina.”

He had an angiogram and was told he was “2mm from your left artery being blocked”.

A fully blocked artery can cause what is known as a widowmaker heart attack, and Mr Kendrick said he was “2mm basically away from dying”.

Personal trainer John Clarke with Paul Kendrick at their gym in Lenton.

“I owe so much to him because he saved my life and I’ve got young children. He had a dream of having his own gym,” said Mr Kendrick, speaking of Mr Clarke.

“He saved my life, I thought ‘I need to give something back to him’. That’s why I invested all my time and financed this place up.

“He did have tears when he walked in last night.

“It’s for me and John now to help others like me, who, when you’re 53, you say ‘I can’t go to the gym now, I’m too old, I’m too fat’.

“It proves you can do it.

Paul Kendrick's transformation.

“We want people to come and feel part of the gym. It’s a family gym.”

More than 300 pieces of equipment will be on offer and people will be able to sign up for monthly and yearly memberships.

Mr Clarke, a British bodybuilding champion, who also works with professional boxers, said: “The gym is open to everyone.

“I have been going from gym-to-gym. I never really had a base.

“This is where I am going to be based now.

“All the professional boxers will be coming here; it’s a place where elite athletes will be as well.”

Food supplements will be on offer and staff will be on hand to provide advice.

The gym will be open between 6am and 10pm from Monday and Friday, between 9am and 6pm on a Saturday and from 10am and 4pm on a Sunday.

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