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Lose Fat & Tone Up at the Best of Norwich’s Gyms

Phoenix Gym has carefully selected Norwich’s best choice of equipment to workout on and also has Norwich’s most experienced team of personal trainers, so that you know how to use it all properly and confidently.

Resistance training is so important for long term weight loss and we are all built differently, so you need a varied selection of equipment to suit all body types, shapes, sizes and mobility needs.

You Can Feel Comfortable Training at the Gym

Atmosphere is everything at Phoenix, as the last thing you want is to feel judged or uncomfortable, so a hustling and bustling corporate gym, with open plan room where you are on display, can often make people feel too self conscious to walk into and members are often just seen as a number, rather than a real person who needs help, support and encouragement.

Phoenix gym is intentionally broken up into smaller, more intimate training zones, so you can feel more relaxed, with dimmer lighting, friendly staff and awesome equipment. Having an encouraging, genuine vibe, plus Norwich’s only FIT3D Body Scanner to measure your weight loss goals can make all the difference to your success.

Training for Weight Loss at Gyms in Norwich 

If your major goal is to blow torch body fat, tone up your wobbly bits and feel proud of who you see in the mirror, then you want to use a winning weight loss strategy.

Check out our Free Article on: The Truth about Weight Loss VS Fat Loss which can help save you from Yo Yo dieting and if you’re interested in the best ways to exercise to burn fat and keep it off for good then check out The Ultimate Fat Loss Guide!

These articles help you understand the best ways to get that excess fat off your body (fast enough to keep you motivated) and tone you up at the same time, whilst also building your metabolism, rather than destroying it through over over dieting.

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FIT3D Body Scanning Available 

In order to know if you are losing body fat rather than your muscle weight when dieting, you ideally need to use more than your bathroom scales to measure your results.

Scales don’t provide your actual body composition (muscle, fat, water, bone etc…), only your total body weight, hopefully being lost, which can fluctuate greatly for many reasons, so using scales can really mess with your mind and actually demotivate you, even if you are actually getting good results. 

A common example of this, is initially gaining some muscle, whilst simultaneously losing body fat, meaning that your bodyweight could temporarily maintain for a short period of time. 

If you don’t know that muscle has been gained whilst the fat has come off, then you may feel disheartened by no weight loss immediately showing on the scales and then you may feel like giving up as a result. Or you may create a negative association with resistance training, in order to get a short term dopamine buzz of “weight loss”. 


Your body won’t keep gaining muscle, like it does initially, so just maintaining consistency and pushing through what seems like a plateau, will then provide the loss on the scales. It’s the mind that controls the body to keep going though, so getting accurate information on your body composition (muscles and fat ratio’s) is very important for motivation. Some peoples more than others. You know who you are…

In this example, even if the bodyweight stayed the same, but you saw your fat has come down and muscle has gone up, by a relative amount, then that can motivate you to do more of the right things, instead of sabotaging and throwing a wobbly.

Assess don’t guess… 

Our motivational FIT3D Body Scanner not only tells you your body fat, muscle mass and full body measurements, it also shows you a detailed postural analysis and what your body actually looks like in 3D! 

You can find out more about Norwich’s only FIT3D Body Scanner by clicking here.

Scans are £20 to no members, £10 to standard members and free to premium.


All new DD and Annual members get 2 x Free 60 minute personal training sessions to help design you with a Phoenix equipment specific workout programme.

Our staff are nearly always on the gym floor, available to help members, so help is at hand when you need it. Our team genuinely enjoy helping members, rather than just trying to sell personal training services.

If you do want extra 1-2-1 personal training then we have a dedicated team of personal trainers who can help.


Most of our personal trainers provide a free consultation. You can choose what trainer is best for you here:  Phoenix Gym Personal Trainers.

Phoenix Gym is well well known in the industry for having some of the best Personal Trainers in Norwich. Also, at Phoenix Gym “People are our Business” and “Atmosphere is Everything” so put us to the test and we could help you “Raise your Game!” 

Mark Bone

About the author

Mark Bone is the Managing Director of Phoenix Gym Norwich and has been a Master level personal trainer and sports therapist since 1998. Mark has an extensive background and experience in all aspects of personal training and lifestyle coaching, from fat loss, general health improvement, motivation, strength and conditioning with professional athletes and currently specialises in corrective exercise.

Mark has written articles for magazines, assisted Channel 4 for a short weight loss series, done interviews for Norwich Radio (and most local and some national new outlets including the BBC) and taught weight loss programmes. Mark now uses his skills and experience to train Personal Trainers within Phoenix Gym to ensure that the trainers, clients and gym members all get the best results and most enjoyable experience possible.