The Pro-Life Story
Pro-Life Fitness Centre first opened its doors in June 1990 in a small industrial unit of 3000 sq ft at number 13 New Sneddon St in Paisley.
The fitness industry was very much in its infancy back in those days with no other stand-alone gyms or sports clubs in the Paisley area. Pro life was very much ahead of its time.
Alex Whelan (7 times Scottish Body Building Champion) and family friend (and well know publican Brian Corkindale) formed a partnership to create a state of the art fitness centre in the heart of Paisley. Importing Cybex fitness equipment and Startrac cardio machines as well as over £10k of fitness testing equipment, the dream very quickly became a reality and Pro-Life was born.
Such was the demand at Espedair St that, in Feb of 1993, Pro-Life embarked on a new chapter moving to a purpose built 12,000 sq ft unit and grew from 500 to 1200 members on its opening day. The same year Brian left the business to focus on the licensed trade leaving Alex as sole owner with the ambition to grow the business in more new directions.
Over the years many further expansions and improvements have taken place to develop the club to what we see now – an amazing 30,000 sq ft health & fitness centre with a separate stand alone five-a-side football complex incorporating 5 parks, function room, sports bar & cafe.
In 2014 Pro Life entered a new exciting chapter when the business was leased by Alex to Renfrewshire Sports Charity. The business is now run by a Board of Trustees as a registered charity with all profits going to our 2 charities – The Accord and St Vincent’s Hospices as well as supporting up and coming talented young sportspeople in the Renfrewshire Area.