Minimal Equipment, Maximum Impact

Woman Using Kettlebell in Free Weights
Woman Using Kettlebell in Free Weights

Now that our gyms are open again, some of you might have just picked up where you left off earlier this year, however some of you might still be adapting to your new normal. This might mean spending less time in the gym and being a bit more cautious when you’re in here. We understand both types of members. For the latter, we want to give you a bit of guidance and support to help you back onto your fitness journey. In this blog, we’ll share some ideas with you around how to use minimal equipment in the gym to make maximum impact on your fitness to help you smash your workout.  

Next time you visit your Xercise4Less gym, to keep socially distanced the best that you can, find a large space in the gym and perform your whole workout from this spot. This could be in the fitness studio or free weight area – wherever you can be away from other members and focus on your workout safely and comfortably. Not only this, it means that you can get your workout done efficiently and effectively. Take some free weights with you and you’ll good to go! 

Kettlebells

Free Weights to Suit All Goals 

Regardless of your main fitness goals, free weights will be useful to you and push you closer to them. A huge benefit of weight training is that they help to increase build muscle whilst burning calories meaning that you’re able to burn fat quickly tooIf you want to focus purely on fat burn and weight loss, we suggest including weights in your workout but increasing the tempo of the workout too. This could mean using lighter weights but completing more reps with less rest. To use weights to help you increase muscle mass and build strength, slow down your workout and focus on the contraction and burn instead.

For your next workout, grab a pair of dumbbells or a kettlebell – pick up a weight that can be used for your upper body and lower body. It shouldn’t be too easy to lift but also not too heavy that using it could cause an injury. The most time efficient workout to do in the gym is something focusing on your full body. This means that you’ll have a selection of workouts for your upper body muscles, lower and some that combine both together. For upper body, perform clean and press, upright row, and bent over row. For lower body, perform squats, lunges and RDLs and then end it all with kettlebell or dumbbell swings to tie it all together.  

Clean and press and upright rows are both great exercises that target your muscles and will allow you to build up your strength. Bent over rows focus on a number of muscles in your back including your lats. Squats and lunges bring all the leg muscles together – quads, hamstrings, calves and glutes so will help you get stronger whereas RDLs focus purely on your hamstrings and glutes. Finally, a kettlebell swing is a full body exercise that relies on the muscles in your shoulders, back and legs so it’s a great finisher for this workout. 

HIIT Box Jumps

Using your Time Effectively

For a lot of people, your post-lockdown world looks a little different. Lifestyles have changed over the last few months meaning that some people have less time to spend at the gym and when they’re here, they want to be as safe as possibleFollowing a workout of this style will mean that you’re spending less time in the gym but still completing an amazing workout whilst using 1-2 pieces of equipment in a social distanced space. Not forgetting that by wiping down equipment before and after use will protect you, your fellow members and the staff too. 

Here at Xercise4Less, we’re always available to give our members support and will try to encourage you where we can on your fitness journeys to help you reach your fitness goals with us.  

Restarting Your Fitness Routine

Man on Rowing Machine
Man on Rowing Machine

For some of you, it’s likely to have been a while since you last stepped into a gym. It might have even been a considerable amount of time since you last worked out at all. That’s totally understandable and we don’t want you to put any extra pressure on yourself now that our gym doors are open again and we’re welcoming you back safely. 

The most important thing right now is to regain focus and to ease yourself back into a fitness routine. Be kind to yourself in the coming days, weeks and months. Remind yourself of all that’s been going on in the environment around you. Even if you’re in a huge rush to get back in the gym and restore your muscles or drop your weight, you need to protect your health as much as possible whilst you’re with us at Xercise4Less – both physically and mentally.  

Bicep workouts - woman curl

Protecting Your Health

Now is the time to adapt to your new normal and establish a new routine that suits your current fitness level and your lifestyle. Before our gym closures, you may have been visiting the gym before work or after finishing lectures at university and that could have all changed now. Use these next few days, weeks and/or months to figure out how your new routine will work for you and, how it will allow you to make amazing progress on your fitness journey.  

Try not to think too much about ‘picking up where you left off’ and instead, focus on how you’re feeling right now. If you push yourself too hard or ask your body to do something unnatural, this could relate in an injury or severe pain which in turn can have a serious impact on your mental health.  

Focusing on Mindfulness  

For the time being, we encourage you to make mindful fitness your main objective. This means that you have set reasons for why you’re heading to the gym and outlining what your overall goal is whilst enjoying yourself at the same time. Mindful fitness doesn’t mean that you’re doing this slowly, it just means that you’re taking things at your pace and figuring out your routine and how you’re going to get to your overall targets and goals. Try to pay less mind to the changes on your fitness journey and instead switch that focus to your original goals set out of the start of this month or even this year as this will help you keep pushing yourself and help you remain motivated.  

Even if it does end up taking you slightly more time than you originally set out, your goals are very much still within reach and a healthier and happier version of you is still within sight. Why not use these next few weeks to perfect your form or to take more time for a warmup and cool down stretch pre/post workout? All of this will place you in a better position in terms of your goals but to get your fitness routine back to something that you’d like it to look like.  

Woman in Fitness Class with Barbell

Returning to the Gym Safely 

For us, the most important thing right now is being back in the gym. Staying active with home workouts over the last few months was great but nothing beats a gym workout. It’s amazing for your body due to the variety available to you with each session and it helps to release endorphins and promote positive mental health. It’s not just the exercise but seeing friendly and familiar faces throughout your workout at Xercise4Less encourages you to feel part of the community. 

A Gym for Every Body and Every Journey

Working on Your Goals at Xercise4Less

Here at Xercise4Less we take pride in our fitness community and offer a huge range of equipment, quality facilities, provide access to motivational members, instructors and staff and much more to help you make progress on your fitness journey. Whatever type of exercise you favour and whatever style of workouts you prefer to follow, Xercise4Less has something to suit you.

Our gyms across the UK are separated into gym zones such as Cardio, Free Weights, Resistance Machines and Combat to help you exercise in a dedicated space that’s best suited to you. Xercise4Less gyms are incredibly spacious too which works to the advantage of all of our members as they’re able to workout in a safe and comfortable space and focus on their goals as they wish.

Don’t forget that we also have spacious fitness studios and spin studios where all of our group fitness classes take place. These classes are lead by our motivational instructors who will push you to achieve your goals and get fitter, healthier and ultimately happier. At Xercise4Less, we’re always excited to welcome you and start working on your fitness journey together.

bicep workout - main

Suitable For All Abilities, Interests and Ages

One of the best things about Xercise4Less is our value. We offer great value gym memberships to all. No matter your goals, abilities and age, our doors are open to every person and every body at an affordable price. Once people are signed up, they’re able to navigate their new spacious and well equip gym as they please. If you come to Xercise4Less to work on your weight loss, we’ve got something for the beginners amongst us and the more advanced. You can do a HIIT workout in the fitness studio with no to little equipment or you can follow a steady cardio routine with a treadmill workout. Not forgetting how beneficial weight training is for weight loss too so you could also maximise the dumbbells, kettlebells, barbells and resistance machines too.

From your very first time at Xercise4Less, you can take your session at your pace. Our expert staff are always on hand to help if you need it and if not, you’ve got the opportunity to explore our equipment and facilities and find the type of training that you prefer. Most importantly, you need to find what is best suited to your goals and will help you become healthier and more body confident.

Older Woman using Smith Machine _ Weights

An Inspiring Fitness Community

At Xercise4Less, we offer more than equipment and facilities because from the moment you join, you become part of a community. Whilst you’re with us and part of that community, you’ll have the opportunity to be motivated and uplifted by our expert instructor and personal trainers to boost your fitness journey.

We offer a broad range of instructor-led group exercise classes that are suited to our diverse membership base. If you want to blast your body in high energy classes we’ve got Les Mills classes, HIIT, Boxercise and Indoor Cycling or low intensity classes such as LIIT, Pilates and Stretch and Tone that help you get that exercise in but just slow things down. If you want to dance away your calories, we have classes such has Zumba, Bokwa or Barre which are so fun that you don’t even feel like you’re working out!

If you even want some advice during your workout on have some questions about your form, our friendly staff are always on hand to help so don’t think you have to struggle in silence. Instead, ask them for some support and guidance and they’ll try their best to guide you closer to your fitness goals. You also have the option of working with our personal trainers for more intimate sessions that will give you the 1-to-1 support and extra push you need to achieve your desired results.

Woman on Cross Trainer in Cardio Zone

Become an Xercise4Less Member Today

We’re proud of our friendly staff and inclusive community in our gyms and welcome people from all backgrounds and experiences to join us. Become a member of Xercise4Less Gyms today whether you’ve never stepped foot into a gym before or are an experience gym goer because our quality cardio equipment, free weights, resistance machines and combat gym zones can help you to lose weight, build up muscle or just work your health and wellbeing.

Our members also find everything that they need to reach their personal fitness goals including dedicated Ladies Only zones, specialist facilities and spaces and a number of group exercise classes such as Les Mills, spin and legs, bums and tums.

Focus on Your Health with Xercise4Less Gyms

Man Using Smith Machine - Weight Training, Resistance Training
Improve health at the gym

Regular Exercise Will Improve Your Health

All of our gyms have been closed for just over 3 months now and we don’t know about you but we’ve really missed it! For a lot of us, exercise is an essential part of our daily/weekly routine as it helps us push ourselves physically and mentally to achieve our goals. 

Whilst some of you have been sticking with your exercise during lockdown, nothing beats working out in a dedicated exercise space with lots of quality equipment and facilities available to you. Of course, Covid-19 has also made a lot of us realise the importance of exercise when we may have otherwise neglected it. So, whilst we eagerly anticipate when we can reopen our doors, think about how our gyms could help you improve your health.

Focus on Your Fitness in The Gym

Signing up for a gym isn’t just the first step on a fitness journey. It’s the first step towards improving your physical health and improving your chance of fighting off infection. Not only this, but it’s the first step towards a stronger and more positive state of mind. You don’t just have to exercise in a gym but by having a dedicated place where you go purely for exercise will help you stick with it and work towards your goals long term.

At Xercise4Less we have a hugely diverse membership base and we’re extremely proud of that. That’s why every single one of our gyms across the UK provides a wide range of equipment and facilities for every body. Whether you want to improve your cardiovascular fitness, lose weight, build muscle, tone and condition or just have fun, Xercise4Less gyms have something to offer you.

Throughout our gyms we have a number of different areas where you can workout in either our Cardio Zones, Resistance Machines Zones, Combat Zones and/or Free Weights Zones. This diverse range of equipment means that there is something for all interests. No matter your favoured type of training, our gyms allow you to focus on your fitness in your way.

If you’ve been neglecting your fitness during lockdown, our gyms can help you to become the healthiest version of yourself. Similarly, if you’ve been keeping up with your exercise routine, stepping back into the gym can help you really push yourself to reach your potential. Embrace our gyms once they reopen and step into a dedicated exercise space to really focus on your fitness and transform your health.

Keeping Our Members and Staff Safe

Not only do we provide a wide range of equipment and facilities to our members, but we provide all of this in spacious environments. That’s especially more important in a time when we’re recovering from Covid-19 as a nation. This extra space means that you’re able to exercise and complete your workout in comfort. You don’t have to worry about someone being too close to you or having to change your workout – you can still attend the gym as you wish and work towards your fitness goals as you always would.

We always aim to make our gyms work for our members. We’ll be ensuring that social distancing measures are carried out throughout our gyms to make sure that members and staff feel comfortable. The safety of our members and staff is our biggest priority which is why our gyms will be following Government guidelines and ensuring that you can focus on your fitness with reassurance that you’ll be safe and comfortable.

Become Part of Our Online Fitness Community

Whilst we’re working on reopening our gyms and waiting for the day we can allow you to use our gyms again, we’ve been providing existing and new members access to an amazing selection of online fitness tools to help them stay focused during lockdown.

Why not sign up today and join us? By becoming part of our community, you’ll have exclusive access to these tools. We’ve recently launched a brand new Fitness On-Demand platform which means that you can now access our Live and On-Demand classes instantly from the X4L app. We’re now running 140+ classes via that platform including Les Mills BodyCombat, BodyAttack, GRIT, Legs, Bums and Tums, Zumba, Yoga and many more.

Our Personal Trainers have also designed a wide selection of @Home Workouts that you can follow with little to no equipment needed. These workouts all come with a video instruction that take you through the full workout and show you how to perform each exercise safely.

Become part of our amazing fitness community today. It’s never too late to kickstart your fitness and focus on your health so come and join us by signing up today.

Equipment and Facilities to Help With Recovery

Equipment and Facilities to Suit All

Xercise4Less gyms provide members with a huge range of equipment and facilities. Regardless of what you want to use the gym for, we’re very likely to have the equipment and the space that you want and need. All Xercise4Less gyms are split into a number of different zones. These include Cardio, Free Weights, Resistance Machines, Combat, Exercise Studio and Spin Studios. This huge amount of space means that all members are able to focus on their workout comfortably and safely.

Of course, this is even more important following the Covid-19 pandemic which is why we want to reassure and encourage the public to join our friendly and inclusive community at Xercise4Less to help improve their health and help with recovery.

Woman on Cross Trainer in Cardio Zone

Focus on Your Health and Recovery at Xercise4Less

On Friday 20th March, we closed all of gyms under Government instruction and 3 (long) months later, we’re now beginning preparations to open again shortly. Once our gyms are able to reopen, we encourage you to come to an Xercise4Less gym and use our amazing spaces for yourself and start to see them as a place for you to really focus on your health and recovery.

Whether you developed Coronavirus symptoms during the last 3 months or not, we can’t deny how much it has highlighted the importance of our health to us. One of the best ways to build up your immune system is by staying fit and exercising regularly. Our gyms provide you with an amazing opportunity to do this. Whether you choose to improve your cardiovascular fitness in the Cardio zone on treadmills and rowing machines or build up your physical strength in the Free Weights or Resistance Machines zones, we have lots to offer.

Better yet, due to the size of our clubs and the large amount of space that we offer our members across the UK, we’re able to keep our members safe and comfortable. Social distancing will be adhered to throughout our gyms and because we have so much space to work with, this doesn’t inconvenience our members in any way.

Leave Lockdown and Become Healthy and Strong

It might have been a while since you last worked out in the gym – or, it might have been a while since you worked out at all. That doesn’t matter to us though because we want to encourage you to work on your fitness with us regardless.

If lockdown lead you to gaining excess weight and become slightly less active, don’t dwell on it. Now is the time to focus on reversing the effects of the last few months and pushing all of your energy towards your weight loss journey. When you come to an Xercise4Less gym, you have the choice to take your workout at your own pace. You can push yourself in our Spin Studios and GX classes to reach your potential with a high energy session. You also have the choice to do a low intensity workout such as steady cardio on the stair climber or treadmill.

Not forgetting that your mental health will become a lot stronger once you become an Xercise4Less member too. It’s likely that you’ve spent a lot of time at home during the last 3 months and now that you’ve got the chance to get out, embrace that. Surround yourself with an uplifting and friendly fitness community with everyone from our front desk staff through to our members. You may have enjoyed exercising at home but nothing beats having a dedicated place to exercise, especially when it’s a clean, safe and spacious Xercise4Less gym.

Online Fitness to Help With Your Fitness Journey

Whilst we’re working on reopening our gyms and waiting for the day we can allow you all to use our gyms again, we’ve been providing existing and new members access to an amazing selection of online fitness tools to help them stay focused during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Why not sign up today and join us? By becoming part of our community, you’ll have exclusive access to these tools. We’ve recently launched a brand new Fitness On-Demand platform which means that you can access our Live and On-Demand classes instantly from the X4L app. We’re now running 140+ classes via that platform including Les Mills BodyCombat, BodyAttack, GRIT, Legs, Bums and Tums, Zumba, Yoga and many more.

Our Personal Trainers have also designed a wide selection of @Home Workouts that you can follow at home with little to no equipment needed. These workouts all come with a video instruction that take you through the full workout and show you how to perform each exercise safely.

Work Out in a Comfortable and Spacious Environment

Keeping Our Members and Staff Safe

We’ve been missing all of our members whilst our gyms have been closed under Government instruction. We closed our doors on Friday 20th March and we’re eagerly waiting for the green light to reopen again. Whilst we’re waiting, we want to let you all know that we’ve been making some positive changes to all of our clubs to ensure that members and staff will feel safe and comfortable whilst at their Xercise4Less gym.

We love all of our gyms and whilst you haven’t visited us for a while, let us remind you exactly why you should be counting down the days until you’re back…

Man Doing Plank in Gym

Spoilt For Choice with Space at Xercise4Less

The vast majority of our gyms are in very large spaces. This means that our members have more than enough space to complete their workout without feeling that someone is in their way or crowding over them. Following the Covid-19 pandemic, this has never been more important.

We want to reassure everyone that once we reopen, they’ll continue to have a comfortable and spacious environment to workout in. Due to the nature of our large spaces, our equipment is able to be spaced out evenly without making any significant changes that will limit you and your fitness journey. Social distancing is really important and we’ll be following that throughout our gyms and because we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to space, members will still be able to enjoy their gyms sessions just as much as they did before.

Throughout our gyms we have a number of different zones including Cardio, Resistance Machines, Combat and Free Weights. All of these (besides Combat) will be accessible to members to navigate their way around throughout their session. For example, our rows of treadmills are to be spaced out so that there is a comfortable 2 metre distance between each one. However, due to the great amount of space we have to work with, this means we’re still keeping a lot of machines and equipment, we’re just able to spread them out a lot more. So, we’re looking forward to encouraging and motivating our members to exercise in a safe and healthy environment.

Proud to Be a Fun and Inclusive Gym

Xercise4Less is and has always been an inclusive gym. We offer equipment and facilities that are accessible for all ages, abilities and interests. By offering such large spaces throughout our gyms, this is what allows all types of people to come through our doors and enjoy their time with us.

If you’re an aspiring powerlifter, we’ve got the equipment and space for you. If you’re a gym beginner who wants to ease yourself into your fitness journey, we’ve got the equipment and space for you. We’re confident that once we reopen our doors, we’ll have a spacious environment that can bring together all types of gym enthusiasts and fitness friends to work on their fitness journey, smash their fitness goals and return to their new ‘normal’.

Workout With us At Home until We Reopen

During these difficult and unprecedented times that the UK has been in lockdown, we’ve built up an amazing fitness community online that has brought both existing and new members together to help them all work on their fitness goals and most importantly, their mental health.

We’re now able to offer a range of online products and services. This includes over 60 @Home Workouts that are designed by our expert Personal Trainers for you to complete in the comfort of your own home or garden. These workouts have all been filmed by our trainers too who motivate and encourage you throughout the full workout and show you exactly how to perform each exercise. Not forgetting our amazing Fitness On-Demand service that now includes over 140 online fitness classes including HiiT, Les Mills, Yoga, Pilates, Zumba and so much more! These classes are available Live and On-Demand.

Come and join us and be part of our amazing fitness community today. It’s never too late to kickstart your fitness journey and sign up to be part of the Xercise4Less family.

The Importance of Stretching and Cooling Down

Man Stretching Legs Outside
Man Stretching Legs Outside

Stretching Every Day has Many Benefits

How often do you take the time to stretch before and after your workout? We provide all of our Xercise4Less members the opportunity and space to stretch in our clubs as we understand the importance of doing so. Stretching after your gym session especially helps you to release any built up tension in your muscles, reduces the chance of DOMs the following day(s) and prevents any injuries.

Whilst you’re working at home, make sure that you’re finding the time after your workout to stretch and cool down. It doesn’t have to be long but it should always be done. Just as you’d perform a safe warm up before your workout, you need to cool down too. Stretching helps you to return your heart rate to a normal rate and is crucial for muscle recovery.

Woman Stretching on Yoga Mat

Make Time for a Cool Down

A cool down at the end of every workout is really important. It doesn’t have to be long but it should be done every time you work out. Whether you take 5 minutes or 25 minutes, set aside some dedicated time once your workout is done to really stretch out your body and return your body to its normal working rate.

A cool down and stretching session should always focus predominately on the key muscles that you’ve worked during the workout. This can be much more straight forward on a leg day or arm session in the gym but if you’re doing HIIT or Full Body workouts at home, aim to do full body cool downs to avoid any injury or pain the following day(s).

After a full body session, stretch out your quads and hamstrings the best that you can. You don’t want these to be tight the next day as this can cause discomfort. Next, stretch out your calves. Once your leg muscles are stretched and cooled down, move up towards your core, back, arms and shoulders. You should physically feel a release and pull on your muscles which clearly shows that they’re stretching out and reduce any built up tension from an intense workout.

Woman Stretching Legs

Stretch to Boost Flexibility and Mobility

If one of your goals for 2020 was to improve your flexibility or to be able to drop into the splits, you should be stretching even more regularly than just in a cool down. You can seriously boost your flexibility and mobility by stretching before and after your session. This is because you’re loosening up your muscles before your session, working them throughout and then stretching them off afterwards. Mobility stretches are really good for developing your fitness too. Hip mobility allows you to really elevate your leg day as you’ll be able to squat lower and sometimes heavier too. By neglecting your stretches, you could be really neglecting your ability to progress.

To reach goals and targets such as the splits and advanced Yoga movements, try to stretch in your spare time too. Spare 30 minutes throughout your day to stretch. By doing this ‘little and often’, you will start to notice a substantial impact on your flexibility and hopefully push yourself closer and closer to those all important fitness goals.

Fitness 4 All

At Xercise4Less, we’re proud to offer a wide range of digital tools to help you continue working on your fitness whilst you’re at home. Use this time at home to focus on things that you might otherwise neglect so that by the time our gyms reopen this is part of your normal everyday routine.

We’ve got a number of @Home Workouts that focus purely on Stretching. By follow these regularly, you’ll be able to improve your flexibility and mobility but most importantly, really ease the pressure off your muscles to ensure that you’re minimising any risk to injury. These stretches workouts are perfect to follow at home and include stretches for your full body but also specific focus areas including legs, arms and shoulders.

Don’t forget about our large number of Live Stream and On-Demand fitness classes available to book onto NOW. All of these include a dedicated stretch and cool down session as our expert trainers and instructors understand how important this is for you and your fitness.

Techniques to Help You Perform Stronger in the Gym

Man Using Leg Press
Man Using Leg Press

How to Perform Better in the Gym

Everyone has different goals and targets and most importantly, fitness journeys. However, there are things that all of us can do to help ourselves perform better in terms of fitness and to become a stronger, healthier, fitter and happier version of ourselves.

Whatever your goals are, use this time at home to focus on a few different training techniques and styles that your mind and body will thank you for once you step foot back into your Xercise4Less gym that you’ve so badly missed. We can’t wait to welcome you back and we want to make sure you have the best possible experience.

Squats on Squat Rack

Focus on Your Form and Maximise Results

If you’ve been trying to grow certain muscles or target areas for a while now but haven’t been seeing the results that you want, this may be down to your form. By really focusing on the form whilst you’re away from the equipment and environment, once you step back into the gym, you’ll be back like you never left and amazing results will soon come your way.

When working out, especially with weights, it’s really important that your form is right. With the correct form, you’re going to minimise the risk of injury but also make sure that you’re hitting your muscles right every time. This encourages your muscles to grow and your strength to increase.

If you’re a fan of squats and regularly use our squat racks, now that you’re at home without one, focus on your form to make sure your posture is right. Get your feet positioned correctly, keep your back straight, look forward and really sit into your heels. Sometimes equipment can distract us from form because we’re just focusing on the weight or hitting PBs but once you get the perfect bodyweight squat, we can assure you that those PBs will come a lot easier. Similar with deadlifts. Perfect your form with a lower weight or not weight at all and once your back in the gym, you’ll see results in no time.

Woman Stretching on Yoga Mat

Pay Attention to Mobility and Flexibility

This pandemic and lockdown has definitely made some of us realise that our lives sometimes ran at 100mph and we’re grateful for this period of slowing down. We would usually hurry ourselves into the gym, do our session and then rush out again. This is fine but we rarely stretched or took time to focus on mobility. Does this sound familiar? Now that you’ve got the time, work on your flexibility and mobility more often.

Stretching techniques are what will help you with mobility and flexibility the most. Note down what your problem areas are or what you’ve struggled with in the past. For example, if you’ve never been able to really improve the depth of your squat, try working on your hip mobility. By opening up your hips and releasing tension, you should be able to start squatting lower which means that you’ll feel it more in your legs and glutes.

If you’ve always wanted to be able to perform a bodyweight pull up but have struggled in the past, now is the time to really work on stretching out your lats and lower back muscles before your workout. By doing this, you’ll be increasing your chances of being able to do this in the future.

Being away from the gym may have been hard but by remaining focused on your goals, you’ll ensure that you can perform stronger and better once our gyms reopen. Your body may have been tight and calling out for a rest that meant you could come back better and bigger, so really listen to your body and do what you can to help yourself make amazing progress once you’re back in the gym.

Stay Focused on Your Fitness

At Xercise4Less Gyms, we understand how important your fitness goals are to you and we respect our varied fitness community. We’ve put together a wide range of @Home Workouts and now offer exclusive Live Stream and On-Demand Fitness Classes online that are both suited to all fitness abilities and people with weight loss goals, strength building goals and much more.

If you’re without equipment at the moment, don’t worry, we’ve put together a number of workouts that you can follow such as HIIT, HIIT Lower Body, HIIT Upper Circuit and more. All of these require only your bodyweight and will help you smash your weight loss goals whilst we’re temporarily closed. If you’ve got some gym equipment at home then that’s great because we also offer workout routines and Fitness Classes such as L1FT, Les Mills BodyPump and Indoor Cycling that will allow you to use the equipment and work really hard from home.

Having Fun with Fitness During Lockdown

Man Using Smith Machine - Weight Training, Resistance Training
Man Using Smith Machine - Weight Training, Resistance Training

Making Fitness Fun

The most important thing when it comes with fitness is to make it fun. If you don’t enjoy it, it will always seem like a chore and that will probably delay your progress and results. Whilst we’re at home and unable to go to the gym, use this time to try new things and most importantly have fun with fitness.

Play around with different styles of training to see which one works best for you and most importantly, which puts a smile on your face and makes you feel amazing. If you’re not sure where to start, let us help you.

HiiT Workout at Home

Finding the Positives of Cardio Training

Sometimes when people think about cardio fitness and cardio training they think dull. People automatically assume that this means spending hours running on the treadmill or cycling until your bum is numb but this isn’t the case. There are lots of different ways to put your body through cardio training in short and fun ways.

One of those ways is interval training. Whether you opt for HIIT or Circuit Training, interval training means that you perform an exercise for a certain short period of time and then move onto something else. As you’re never performing one specific movement for long, the time flies by. For example, say you’re following a circuit of Burpees, Mountain Climbers, Jumping Jacks, Sprints and High Knees and performing these movements for 30 seconds each, once those 30 seconds are up you’re moving onto something else so whether you love them or hate them, they don’t last long enough to give it much thought at all. This type of cardio training is really effective for boosting your heart rate and allowing your body to burn a lot of calories so if you’ve never tried it before, give it a go and really push your fitness to the max.

Don’t forget that low intensity walking is an amazing type of cardio. Aim to for 7,000 – 10,000 steps a day and burn away excess calories and body fat with a really simple type of cardio training.

Man doing Home Workout with Weights

Lift Weights to Lift Your Mood

At Xercise4Less, we love weight training. We provide a huge range of equipment and facilities to allow our members to work on their strength and build their muscles in our gyms. We’re aware that weighted equipment has been difficult to get hold of during lockdown but if you’ve managed to get hold of some, you can really maximise your fitness and have fun with weights.

When it comes to weight training, there are a few different styles of training you can follow. Again, try a few of these and just see what sticks; see which one you enjoy the most. You could do time under tension, progressive overload, low weight high reps and more. If you’ve got limited equipment, play around and see what works for you. You’re still able to build muscle and increase your muscle mass whilst working out at home, even if you don’t have much kit, so don’t give up on your 2020 goals just yet. This is all something that can keep you going until we reopen our doors and you have free reign of the equipment and facilities again.  

Online Training is Fun, Friendly and FREE!

We’ve been working hard during lockdown to ensure we’ve been able to offer our members and everyone who has an interest in fitness to stay active and healthy whilst gyms are temporarily closed. We’re proud to offer a wide range of digital solutions to help you keep smashing your fitness goals from home.

One of our best loved things about Xercise4Less Gyms is our motivational and inclusive group exercise classes and you asked, so we delivered! We’re now delivering a wide range of virtual classes including Les Mills BodyCombat, BodyPump, BodyBalance, HiiT, Yoga, Legs, Bums and Tums and many more. Whatever your fitness goals, we have something to help you focus on that from the comfort of your living room or back garden.

You can book onto our scheduled Live Stream classes or catch our pre-recorded On-Demand classes whenever and wherever you like. If you’re wanting to really have some fun with your fitness during this lockdown, our classes will offer you that and so much more so download the X4L app and book onto them now.

Improving Your Stability and Balance

Man Doing Lunge
Man Doing Lunge

The Importance of Mobility

How often do you focus on your stability and balance? For most of us, it isn’t very often. However, it should be. Regularly focusing on these two things will have a great impact on your fitness and your progress. With better balance, workouts such as Yoga and Pilates will become a lot easier and with strong stability, you’ll be able to perform heavy lifts such as squats and deadlifts better and even push closer towards those all important PBs!

Balance on Exercise Ball

Take Time to Work on Your Balance

Improving your balance shouldn’t just be for those who love Yoga and Pilates, it should be something that we all do as regularly as we can. Working on your balance has a lot of benefits that make your workouts and gym sessions better but also mean that your day-to-day life activities become a lot easier.

By working on your balance regularly, you’ll prevent any falls. This is because you’re a lot stronger on your feet so that you’re less likely to fall and injure yourself if you’re doing something that requires you to balance for a long period of time. Improving your balance also means that you’re reducing the risk of injuries in your knees and ankles because you’re able to take some weight off those areas and balance instead. Finally, don’t forget how much balance will help you progress. If you are a keen Yoga or Pilates person, you’ll be able to start performing much more advanced movements by spending just some time every day or week focusing on your balance.

mixed ages barbell lunges - never too late

Stability will Help You Get Stronger

Stability is again one of those things that are sometimes neglected. However, with all the extra time we have at home, now is the perfect time to work on this a bit more.

By working on your stability regularly, you will improve the amount of control you have over every single movement. Whether you’re working out in the gym or at home, stability is your friend! This will allow you to build strong muscles all over your body, especially your core and legs as you can really concentrate on the movement that you’re performing and how you can control it to allow you to reach your desired results.

Want to sit lower on your squat? Want to increase the size of your biceps? Whatever your muscle and strength gaining goals, working on your stability will allow you to get there quicker. To allow yourself to really smash your 2020 fitness goals, these two types of training – balance and stability – are really important and you should try them as often as you can.

Exercise at Home to Suit You and Your Goals

Do you remember why you joined one of our gyms in the first place? Whether that was to help you lose weight, build up strength and muscle, tone and condition or have a positive impact on your mental health, you can still do that at home whilst our gyms are temporarily closed.

It’s important not to cancel out any of that hard work by continuing to exercise at home whether it’s low or high intensity. We understand how important your fitness journey is to you and that’s why we’ve created a wide range of @Home Workouts and Virtual Classes that you can follow to suit you and your fitness goals. Really make the most of this extra time you have at home whether that’s in the mornings, evenings and weekends and keep working towards your fitness goals.