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Former Norwegian footballer chooses Benalmádena for new business enterprise

Councillor Ana Scherman, André Lindbaek and mayor of Benalmádena Víctor Navas at the opening.
Councillor Ana Scherman, André Lindbaek and mayor of Benalmádena Víctor Navas at the opening. / T. BRYANT
  • During his time as a professional footballer, André Lindbæk played for several Norwegian clubs, including Molde and Viking Stavanger

One-time professional footballer, André Lindbæk, has recently opened a state of the art gymnasium on the Costa del Sol.

The Epic Gym and Health Centre is a new hi-tech complex that first opened its doors in December 2016, although the official open-day was held last Saturday, when visitors were invited to test the facility free of charge.

The new project had been a dream of André for some time and, after viewing many possible locations along the coast, he eventually decided to locate his new enterprise in Benalmádena Costa.

During his time as a professional footballer, André played for several Norwegian top-flight clubs, including Molde and Viking Stavanger. He also played in Spain, representing Numancia and Las Palmas, before injury ended his career in 2008.

The 39-year-old Norwegian and his two business partners, also formerly involved with professional football, are using their experience and connections to make the gym and health complex one of the most popular of its kind on the coast.

One of these connections is a sports travel agency that brings Scandinavian football clubs to Spain for preseason training.

Norwegian footballers are now using Spain to train because of the excellent climate during the winter and the football stadium in Benalmádena has become a favourite training ground for them.

Last month almost 200 players from Norway visited Benalmádena and André was quick to offer them the use of his new fitness complex.

The 1,400- square-metre techno-gym offers the most up-to-date equipment, including Tomahawk virtual exercise bikes and Hammer-Strength multi-jungle machines.

However, Epic Gym is not aimed solely at elite athletes, but also those with the focus and determination to want to train like one.

The complex has two collective workout rooms, an outdoor training terrace, spinning room, personal trainers and more than 100 weekly classes.

André told SUR in English: “Epic is a lifestyle. A successful facility is about much more than a mix of a few fitness machines. It’s about combining spaces and equipment to create an environment that motivates our members.”

Benalmádena has one of the highest numbers of Norwegian residents on the coast, partly due to the exclusive Norwegian school situated in Arroyo de la Miel.

“The town hall, especially the mayor, is very interested in what we are doing and they have given us their full backing,” the former footballer explained.

The town’s mayor, Víctor Navas, who attended the opening, said: “Enterprises of this kind are good for sports tourism in this area; we wish them every success.”