Lougar’s Gym is one of the most unique gyms in Portsmouth, with an amazing history dating back to 1982. Originally owned by Bob Woolger, the gym hosted such Bodybuilding legends as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Platz, Lee Haney, Rich Gaspari, Dorian Yates, Dexter Jackson and even the current Mr Olympia, Phil Heath!

Dr Ian Hendy has proudly owned  Lougars Gym since 1993. Ian, Current UKDFBA UK Champion, INBF Masters WORLD CHAMPION and WNBF Pro Bodybuilder, who also has a Ph.D in Biological Sciences has strived to maintain the original ‘blood, sweat and tears’ environment that Bob Woolger provided. With a highly motivating, friendly ‘Cheers Bar’ style atmosphere – the passion for ‘old school’ training at Lougars remains as it’s core.

We do not only cater for competitive bodybuilders and inspiring athletes, but in fact most of our members are of all levels and abilities.  Most of our members are looking to improve their fitness, change their aesthetics, or even to help with general physical and mental well being.  We are here to help you no matter what your fitness goals might be.

Flexible training

We also offer our facilities to non members who are just looking to use the gym on a casual pay-as-you-go basis.  If you are just visiting, or working away from home, then we are one of the only gyms in Portsmouth to offer fantastic daily rates.  If you required more information please feel free to contact us.

Opening Times:

Monday-Friday 9am-10pm

Saturday 9am-4pm

Sunday 10am-2pm

Bank Holidays 9am-4pm


Dr. Ian Hendy

Dr. Ian Hendy, Drug-Free Bodybuilding UK Champion and owner of Lougar’s Gym.  Ian has many Championship titles to his name, including:

1992 Junior Mr. South Britain

1992 Junior Mr. Brighton

1993 Mr. Brighton

1998 Heavy Weight, Mr South Britain and Overall Winner

2004 Portsmouth’s Strongest Man

2007 BNBF Scottish Natural Heavy Weight Champion

2013 UKDFBA UK Championships, 2nd Masters over 40

2014 UKDFBA UK CHAMPION Masters over 40

2014 INBF International Amateur Grand Prix 2nd Masters over 40



Clare Hendy  (Taubman)

Clare Hendy (Tubman) is a WBFF Pro Figure Athlete and Manager/Personal Trainer at Lougar’s.

Competition History:

2006 Ms. South Britain Champion UKBFF (Bodyfitness)

2006 UKBFF British Championships, 3rd (Bodyfitness)

2007 NPC Emerald cup (USA) 158cm, 5th (Figure)

2007 UKBFF British Championships, 2nd (Bodyfitness)

2008 IFBB Amateur World Championships (Spain) (Bodyfitness up to 158cm)

2008 UKBFF British Championships, 4th (Bodyfitness)

2009 IFBB Amateur World Championships (Italy) (Bodyfitness up to 158cm)

2009 IFBB Amateur World Cup (Madrid) (Bodyfitness)

***Pro status WBFF Pro Figure

2010 WBFF Pro Figure World Championships 4th (Figure)