Colmore Plaza launches British Military Fitness classes

A group of willing volunteers at Colmore Plaza have been put through their paces following a visit from renowned physical fitness training organisation British Military Fitness (BMF).

The complimentary trial session offered tenants the opportunity to taste the famous BMF training regime, which will be added to the building’s existing range of concierge services, with three classes a week set to take place from the end of May.

The 45-minute class – the first of its kind to be held in a commercial office building – was led by instructor and BMF regional manager Garry Kerr, a former army physical fitness training instructor with eight years’ experience serving in the army.

He said: “Typically, our classes are held outside, however we do conduct a number of indoor classes with a few in city centre locations but have never used a commercial building before.  Whilst the aims and product remains the same, our instructors are trained to adapt to the indoor element to ensure the classes are safe and effective.

“Our instructors ensure that no two classes are ever exactly the same, which helps to keep people interested and these floors provide us with all of the space that we need to set out full circuits.  If this trial is successful, I hope that we can look at running events in similar buildings in the future.”

Run and staffed by ex-forces personnel, British Military Fitness has been providing military-style fitness classes to members of the public since 1999 and currently operates in more than 125 venues in the UK, with over 20,000 active members.

Michelle Cooper, Colmore Plaza, said: ““We hope that if the service launches we would run sessions three times a week, with either lunchtime or early morning sessions.  As with all of our concierge services, we like to offer our tenants the greatest level of flexibility that we can.”

“There aren’t a lot of suitable open spaces nearby, however Colmore Plaza offers large, open floor plates with lots of natural light, so this is probably as close as you can get to being outside with added convenience for our tenants.”

Widely recognised as one of Birmingham’s premier office developments, Colmore Plaza is owned by global investment firm the Carlyle Group and is one of only a handful of buildings in the city to hold a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating for its highly efficient design.

Occupiers at the building include Grant Thornton, Amey, Williams de Broe, Davis Langdon, Orega and Aedas.