OLYMPIC triathletes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee put Coniston Hotel director Nick Bannister through his paces when they opened a new gym and studio at the Coniston Cold premises.

The brothers, from Bramhope, near Leeds, formally opened the new facility on Tuesday, January 22 in an exclusive VIP event at The Coniston Spa, where guests had the opportunity to meet the brothers in person.

The new studio, aimed at revolutionising heath and fitness for the 600 spa members, include a Concept2 SkiErg, making Nordic skiing available on your doorstep, amongst other state of the art equipment. Recognised by Olympic athletes, Concept2 rowers have also been installed, to deliver the most effective cardiovascular workout. And for a fun, yet meaningful workout, members now have access to a Life Fitness Synrgy360 system.

The installation of the Myride Studio, will allow indoor cycling, with interactive class instruction and coaching.

Mr Bannister said: “We are incredibly proud to enhance our health and fitness offering to our loyal members and there was no question who we would invite to officially open our state of the art facilities.

“Alistair and Jonny are an inspiration and we are truly honoured they could join us on the evening. We’ll be cheering them on for the forthcoming Olympics. Bring home the gold boys.”

The brothers proved to be ideal in endorsing the new facility at the hotel and spa.

Alistair Brownlee holds two Olympic titles in the triathlon event, winning gold medals in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. He was awarded an MBE in 2013.

Jonathan Brownlee won silver in the 2016 Olympics, bronze in the 2012 Olympics, won the 2012 World Championship and the World Sprint Triathlon Championship in 2010 and 2011, as well as accompanying his brother in their World and Commonwealth mixed team relay victories.

The hotel is nestled in a 1,400 acre estate, is home to an established shooting ground, a 4x4 off-roading experience, and a collection of elegant event spaces.