A unique gym — with no treadmills or other exercise machines — hopes to prepare its customers for the hit ITV show Ninja Warrior.
Primal Gym is inspired by other popular intense physical challenges such as Total Warrior and Tough Mudder.
The Edinburgh fitness centre is the brainchild of former Lance Corporal Tom Harlow and friend Dougie Graham.
The pair have swapped out treadmills and stationary bikes for cargo nets and monkey bars.
Tom, who left the army in 1998 after 12 years, including time in Iraq, said that he hopes that the unique approach will make exercise fun for their members.
He said: “We are the only gym offering this in Edinburgh.
“People get into the same routine at the gym, whether that be weights or cardio. It can get boring after a while.
“We don’t have any treadmills or other machines you’d usually find in a gym.
“We take that away from members and, as an alternative, offer a range of classes and making it fun to work out.”
The gym has a number of physical activities including monkey bars and fitness rings.
With obstacle course events such as Tough Mudder becoming more popular every year, they decided to focus on helping people to train ahead of the events.
Grandad-of-two Tom, 49, added: “These events are growing each year with thousands of people taking part.
“However, in Edinburgh, there’s not really anywhere for them to train apart from outside. This leaves you very limited as to what you can provide.
“Primal Gym enables anyone to come along, no matter of their ability, to try our sessions all year round and get in condition.”
Ninja Warrior competitor Ali Hay, who reached the finals of the UK show earlier this year, will be on hand to teach members of the gym.
He is also lined up to participate on the American version of the show next year, while Tom is hoping to tackle the UK version next year.
The obstacle condition workouts, functional training and army boxing and fitness sessions are aimed to ready members to participate in the show.
Since leaving the army Tom has been a personal trainer in the Capital and is hoping to use his past experience to help make Primal Gym a success.
He added: “We want people to enjoy their sessions rather than dread them. I have had clients as a personal trainer in a normal gym on the machines and they are really dull.
“We have had some great feedback so far on the workouts and the gym itself which is great to hear.
“The types of activities we have available really do offer something different to the people of Edinburgh and we’re looking forward to welcoming more members.”