A GYM run by a former member of the elite Special Boat Service (SBS) is set to open at Canford Cliffs Beach throughout the summer.

Who Dares Gyms is bringing ShoreFit to Poole, and it is billed as Britain's first ever fully functioning gym on the beach - the UK's Venice Beach.

The outdoor gymnasium, whose trainers are either distinguished Royal Marine officers or members of the elite Hamworthy-based SBS, is set to start next week.

A gym spokesman said: "Like many things effected by Covid we realised that being in nature is good for our soul.

"Training our body helps with our minds.

"Mental strength and resilience is just as important as your body.

"After over a year in various states of restrictive lockdowns and fatigue arising from endless video calls, it is clear that we need to be outside much more to be in touch with nature, to exercise both your mind and body and maintain your balance."

Shorefit is open to everybody to enjoy, regardless of ability.

It is set to run throughout the summer and will focus on four key elements - mental fitness, self defence, outdoor gym and real military bootcamps.

The open gym has some of the latest cardio equipment and free weights.

The spokesman said: "The gym is Covid secure and offers our guests a unique opportunity to exercise mind, body and soul alongside some of the most experienced practitioners available.

"Our trainers and coaches are are here to bring the best of the best and show you how our military experiences and mindset can change lives for the better. "

Individual gym slots are available to book from 7.30am to 7pm each day.

The spokesman said: "Register with us on our website to book your slots.

"Don’t worry if you can’t find any availability, please do pop down and say hello to the team on site who will be happy to accommodate you at the earliest opportunity."

Ten per cent of all admission fees also go towards supporting the Dorset Children's Foundation charity; Rock2Recovery, a veteran mental health programme; and RE-ORG, a charity helping veterans recover from physical or mental injuries.

Visit www.whodaresgyms.co.uk to register and interest.