NEW figures that have been released today show local people rushed to get fit after being inspired by the Olympics.

Barnsley Premier Leisure - which runs gyms across Barnsley - reported a massive 50 per cent increase in the number of people who had taken up swimming, which amounted to 50,062 swimmers attending in the Summer 2012.

Meanwhile, 9,285 people attended the gym at the Metrodome in August alone, almost three times as many as the same month the year previously.