When lockdown happened, it was a huge shock and massive adjustment for everyone. Being forced to work from home, limited access to going outside, no going to the gym, pub, restaurants, shops etc. How would we cope physically and mentally? Although it has been a large adjustment it has also proven to be a time when we have to think outside the box and find a solution to normalise our new life style.
I am the gym manager at the FCO KCS and Hanslope gym. I carry out classes and the of running of both gyms along with providing ergonomic support to KCS employees. I myself like doing a lot of exercise outside, but often use the gym as I can mix up my training with lifting weights. There is also a social aspect of going to the gym. Having that taken away was a big blow for me and many others.
I and the rest of the Emma James Physio team had to come up with a solution. What could we do? Firstly how to continue providing a service to our gym members. Secondly make sure we did not lose all our gym members as we knew this would be financially and mentally a very difficult time.
Welcome Zoom, this has become the new norm and the new way of keeping contact with friends, families and colleagues. EJP has transferred our gym services from physically being at the gym to providing online classes via Zoom. We provide daily classes from Monday to Saturday, morning, lunch time and evening and also have a variety of different classes available. From a selection of different Personal Trainers, we offer Pilates, yoga, Tabata, HIIT, FBW, LBT and LIIT classes. There is something for everyone and all are welcome, no matter your ability.
With the weather also being so good, I along with many others have been able to take classes or join in on classes outside. The picture to the left is my normal set up with my laptop, tripod camera, mat and my only physical spectator.
The beauty of virtual classes is that anyone can join in and you really don’t need much equipment. All that is required is a mat, water bottle, trainers (unless you are doing Pilates or Yoga) and suitable clothing. Mats can be bought very cheaply online, EJP are happy to give any recommendations if required.
We are offering a couple of options for joining in on classes:
Option 1 – £5 per class – if you just wanted to do a 1 off
Option 2 – £25 per month – you can do unlimited number of classes and also get access to our Facebook page which has pre-recorded classes, info on ergonomics and all things health and wellbeing including recipes.
So why exercise?
Whatever your age, there’s strong scientific evidence that being physically active can help you lead a healthier and happier life.
People who exercise regularly have a lower risk of developing many long-term (chronic) conditions, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and some cancers.
The benefits of body weight exercise: Bodyweight training can go hand-in-hand with building strength and flexibility. Completing bodyweight exercises through a full range of motion ensures your joints are moving freely. Plus, it can lead to improved posture and might reduce the chance of exercise-related injury. It is also inexpensive as no equipment is required and you can also do a class anywhere.
Please note that the FCO and Hanlsope gym are still closed and will be until the Government gives the go ahead to re-open.
We are still offering 1-2-1 PT’s and Pilates sessions on line via zoom. Our Hemel Hempsted clinic is now open for face to face appointments but we have strict regulations and guidelines. We are still offering Zoom consultations to for those who are isolating.
If anyone is interested in joining in our virtual classes please get in contact with the reception team: