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Meet The Ex-Marine Behind Malta’s First Mobile Gym Who’s Helping Recovering Addicts And Underprivileged Kids

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The hardest thing about the gym is finding the motivation to go there. But what if the gym came to you? 

Local fitness instructor, ex-marine and absolute badass John ‘Spartan’ Cogswell is putting together a DIY mobile gym to eliminate any excuse you had for not going to get your weekly workout in.

The mobile gym is in actual fact John’s 1966 series 2a Land Rover Defender, which has been repurposed as a makeshift gym, fitted with TRX bars, kettlebells and other equipment that will get your blood pumping and leave you in a pool of sweat.

There’s no better workout than one that requires you to use your body weight to develop that core strength while an ex-marine is breathing down your neck and motivating you to finish that extra rep.

But there’s much more to the mobile gym than a good workout…

John is building his mobile gym as a dedication to his late brother Tom Cogswell, who lost his life three years ago to substance abuse.

Having seen firsthand what substance abuse can do to individuals and their families, John intends to use his mobile gym to not only help those who want to buff up, but as a coping mechanism for recovering addicts and children from low-income families…

… and he’ll offer them classes for free.

But it doesn’t stop there.

Being the role model he is, John is also encouraging people to look after the environment and will use his platforms to encourage beach clean-ups – amongst other initiatives – to keep Malta clean. 

John’s goal is more than just to promote a healthy lifestyle; it’s to change people’s lives.

I teach lessons that strengthen the mind and the body,” John tells Lovin Malta. “My mission is to help unfortunate children grow strong, and raise my family the best I can.”

With his mobile gym, John aims to encourage those struggling with substance abuse to become addicted to loving themselves through fitness – to use working out as a means of meditation and a positive outlet for the frustrations and struggles they are dealing with. And his workouts look both fun and killer…

But he needs some help…

Like any start-up, John will require some funding before he can get his show on the road; that’s why he’s taken to Facebook to look for sponsors who are willing to help, either by donating gym equipment, helping out with professional services or even offering parking areas near the sea where he can hold some sessions. 

Whether you’re a recovering addict, an underprivileged kid, or someone who just loves a killer workout,  John’s mobile gym is the perfect way to de-stress and mentally recover from whatever it is you are dealing with.

And if you think you can help out with sponsorship, then get in touch with John Spartan on his Facebook page. In the meantime keep an eye out for his signature mobile gym out on the streets sometime soon!

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