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Live Longer.

Welcome to the premier Newcastle gym for all ages and fitness levels...

If it’s time to look after yourself, join the strength training club where everyone is welcome, no matter what level of fitness you currently have.

In as little as 2 sessions per week, you will notice yourself getting stronger and your everyday movements becoming easier.

Joanne Williams
Joanne Williams
22. August, 2021.
Best gym I’ve been to. No matter your age or fitness stage, Karl has created a supportive, inclusive environment with excellent personalised training plans. He is passionate about fitness, very knowledgeable and brings it all together with a great sense of humour. Strength training has had a major improvement on back and joint pain and I feel physically and mentally stronger than I have in years. Great place to work out. Highly recommend getting in touch with Karl for a visit!
Samuel Cruickshank
Samuel Cruickshank
21. August, 2021.
I haven't typically found strength training enjoyable, working with Karl has changed that. His approach to training has fit really well with my goals and needs. His approach has helped me see progression, maintain consistency and find enjoyment in strength training that I haven't found anywhere else. I would absolutely recommend Groundwork Fitness to anyone.
Geri Reeve
Geri Reeve
18. August, 2021.
I had been trying to find a way to improve my fitness level as I was finding walking and cycling painful due to arthritic knees so wasn't doing much exercise. The exercise physiologist I visited had given me specific knee exercises but these just exacerbated the pain so I eventually stopped attending. After reading an article about Groundwork Fitness, I decided to contact Karl to find out if exercising with weights would help improve my fitness level whilst accommodating my damaged knees (I am also trying to delay knee surgery). From my first meeting with Karl, I could see that his focus is to teach people how to train safely and effectively using weights to build strength and bone density. His goal is to take each client through purposeful techniques, allowing for any particular injuries or limited movement. This is something I hadn't found in gyms I'd previously attended as I was so often just given a brief instruction on each machine then left to myself. I signed up to have 5 coaching sessions with Karl and was glad I had as each time I attended, we focused on a particular exercise and I finally learnt the correct way to use weights to help me attain my goal. My only regret is that 4 hours after my final coaching session, Newcastle went into lockdown so I haven't been able to put that training to good use. When Karl is finally allowed to open his gym up again, I know he will be there ready to help me remember the importance of the correct technique.
Jessica Crompton
Jessica Crompton
18. August, 2021.
Hands down the best gym in Newcastle. I’ve never enjoyed going to the gym before but Karl has really created a unique and awesome gym space. Karl individualisation all sessions and works to your ability. In the few months I’ve been going I already feel so much stronger and feel like my fitnesses has improved so quickly. Karl also creates Such a welcoming space and I would highly recommend to anyone.
Owen Burns
Owen Burns
18. August, 2021.
Karl and the crew at Groundwork are exceptional. This is not a gym you go to to hang out with Instagramers and stare in the mirror; you go here to change your function, get stronger and create life long habits for health. Karl is living proof that proper training is necessary for a good life, so get inspired and get onboard.
Jed Dickson
Jed Dickson
18. August, 2021.
Our disability health program visits Karl and Bianca at the gym each fortnight. They are both extremely passionate, supportive and able to find exercises to challenge all levels. Our program loves Groundwork Fitness
John Ward
John Ward
18. August, 2021.
I am in my late 70s and my wife in her 60s. We were both sceptical about the benefits of progressive resistance exercise training at our age but the benefits have surprised us. The quality of the training is excellent and we would recommend this.
Claire Pollington
Claire Pollington
17. August, 2021.
I did 10 weeks of the Lift and Learn programme with Karl, learning the deadlift, squat, overhead press and bench press. I had never done any strength training in the past as I was always intimidated by gyms and didn't know where to start. After 10 weeks of one on one teaching from Karl I felt so much more confident in the gym using this equipment. I loved going in to see Karl for his chat and his wisdom as well as his strength training expertise! The equipment is fantastic and the whole environment so welcoming. Karl and his team are so friendly and couldn't do enough to help me out - especially around the time of me moving back to the UK. Sadly I had to leave Groundwork Fitness as I was returning to the UK but I was so pleased I found Karl in time to learn to lift and would strongly recommend him to anyone!
Naomi McIlvenny
Naomi McIlvenny
22. May, 2021.
Having learnt the fundamentals of strength training from Karl at Groundwork I will never go back. This is the first time I have ever stuck to a gym having tried all kinds of gym programmes/classes/personal trainers in the past. Karl is a fantastic coach with a wealth of knowledge and experience that he uses to tailor your work outs to your needs/injuries/health goals. The gym itself has a brilliant atmosphere and state of the art equipment. I would highly recommend popping in to check the place out for yourself and have a chat with Karl about strength training if you have never done it before!!
Jenny Thompson
Jenny Thompson
21. May, 2021.
I have been training with Karl at Groundwork fitness since January 2021 and am absolutely loving it. I have never felt healthier, I'm sleeping better and my golf game has benefitted from the extra strength, flexibility, balance and positivity that I have gained. The facilities at the gym are the best in the business. Karl is an exceptional coach, trainer, mentor. He is smart, funny and committed and is an absolute stickler for ensuring correct techniques are followed to stay healthy and avoid injury. Apart from having every academic qualification possible in sports science and exercise physiology he has a lifetime of experience, undergoing training himself since he was a child. This is a welcoming, fantastic neighbourhood facility that specialises in training everyone no matter your age, experience or any disability. The gym is a fun, BS free zone! I'm in my 50s, have never trained before and never stuck with a gym membership for long - Groundwork Fitness is totally different. I urge you to try it.

A strength training club in Newcastle

where grandmothers give younger members a run for their money…

Our gym’s diversity makes us different. If you have ever felt overwhelmed by rows of equipment, loud music or personal trainers young enough to be your kids, you’re not alone.

So we’ve created a club where every member is personally greeted and valued, because we believe everyone should feel safe and supported at the gym. Our method can be adapted to suit any skill or fitness level – so even if you haven’t picked up a barbell before, it is never too late to start.

Our members are constantly surprised by how quickly they gain strength with the right support. See how our programs work to learn how you can benefit from strength training.

Meet Karl Versteeg

“If I can do it, you can too”

I started Groundwork Fitness because strength training changed my life.

I was born with cerebral palsy and took up strength training as a way to improve my movement. What followed was a lifelong passion for my 5am training sessions. 

Over time, curious friends began asking me to train them. Each one gained great results from my method, and I wanted to reach even more people. So now I have created a space where I teach everything I’ve learned since picking up my first barbell at 14 years old.

Why choose Us?

Coaches who genuinely care

Our certified coaching team has the experience necessary to design programs for specific concerns, like that niggle in your back, poor posture or sore joints. They’re always up for a laugh too – so in just a couple of sessions, your trainer will feel like an old friend.

Premium training environment

Our gym is intentionally small to ensure it feels like a true community. We also offer complimentary towels, brand new amenities, toiletries, off-street parking and a chilled face washers for freshening up, so you feel your best at every session.

Foundations for everyday life

Our method is designed to make everyday movements easier, whether that’s picking up a heavy bag of groceries, sitting on the floor to play with kids or keeping up your surfing habit. The Big 4 Lifts we teach give you the strength to live a fulfilling life.

Flexible training options

Train solo, with your partner or friends – it’s up to you. We have flexible memberships that allow you to access the gym however you prefer. See the memberships page  to learn how it works and check out our signature Lift and Learn program.

Our members

“It didn’t take long for me to notice that I was lifting heavier.”

Strength training has kept me at a level where I am still able to do the things I enjoy at 52 years old. I go to the gym 4–5 days a week and I also surf 5–6 times a week. Without the training Karl has showed me, I don’t think I would be able to do these things.

Karl came up with a program that I could start with, and it didn’t take long for me to notice that I was lifting heavier. He has taught me a lot about strength training – it isn’t all about just lifting heavy weights, which can become boring.

He is very dedicated, is always trying to get the best out of the person he is training and teaches people how to lift properly so as not to cause an injury. I can’t recommend Karl enough.

- Gary Pascoe

Groundwork Fitness Trainer-Karl-Versteeg and Garry Pascoe

When you’re stronger,
life changes for the better.

The benefits of strength training include…

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Meet us in person to learn how we can tailor our program to you. We’re in Carrington, with on-site parking.