A Southport fitness expert has warned of a dangerous and potentially life threatening mental health crisis that could emerge from the closure of local fitness establishments.

George Dixon-Spain, from CrossFit ASG in Southport, told OTS News this week that the second lockdown could have a disastrous affect on the mental health of those people who rely on the gym and leisure services.

He said “This second lockdown is heaping stress onto all of us.

“To constant change is seriously affecting my members’ mental health and ability to cope. We are really fortunate, we have a product (CrossFit) & a location, which is in an industrial park with a big car park with understanding neighbours, that allows us to operate our classes – although restricted in number, outside.

“We have secured a large open sided marquee to accommodate the classes. My message is on behalf not just of my members, but of the wider community of gyms and gym goers.

“So for my members this is a half way house, they can train, see each other but it is another change and another “thing” to deal with.”