Focus on Your Health with Xercise4Less Gyms

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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.

Amazing Group Exercise Classes in Dedicated Spaces

Group Exercise for All at Xercise4Less

At Xercise4Less, we’re really proud of our diverse group exercise offering at all of our friendly gyms across the UK. Every day, week and month, we have a huge range of classes available to suit our inclusive fitness community. We have everything from High Energy Les Mills classes to Dance classes like Bokwa and Zumba. Whether you want to burn up to 700 calories in a single class and focus on fat burn or slow it down for a low intensity stretch and conditioning class, Xercise4Less gyms have something to suit you.

Better still; this isn’t going to change once we reopen after the Coronavirus pandemic. We plan on offering members all of our amazing classes but there will be some slight alternations to make sure that we’re able to keep our members and staff safe whilst at the gym.

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Keeping Members Safe during Group Exercise

We know how much our members love our group exercise classes. They grow in popularity every single week and a lot of our favourites such as Indoor Cycling, Legs, Bums and Tums and Zumba are fully booked on a weekly basis too. That’s why we’re always going to keep offering these classes as we understand the importance these have to our members’ fitness journeys.

The facilities at Xercise4Less are all really spacious. By splitting our gyms into different zones, we’re able to provide our members with great spaces to workout. This includes our amazing Fitness Studios and Spin Studios which allow us to offer specific GX classes in large exercise spaces. This allows our members to complete their workouts in comfort so that they can focus on their individual fitness and performance without worrying about getting too close to other members.

Once we reopen after our Covid-19 closure, we’ll be ensuring that everyone has a comfortable exercise space throughout their GX class. Reducing our class numbers will mean that instructors can ensure that everyone has at least 2m space around them but ideally 3m so that everyone is comfortable. Our timetables will change slightly too. This is so that we can clean down our spacious fitness studios, spin studios and equipment before the next class takes place.

Online Fitness Classes to Cure Your Cravings

Have you been missing your favourite Xercise4Less classes during lockdown? Have you been struggling to get into some sort of regular fitness routine? We understand how hard it has been but that is why we’re now offering all Xercise4Less members exclusive access to over 140 Live Stream and On-Demand classes through our Fitness On-Demand platform.

Live Stream classes are real-time events where you follow our qualified instructors as they perform each movement in the group exercise class. Our On-Demand classes are pre-recorded classes, allowing you to take part at a time that suits you.  All of our classes are led by our amazing GX instructors who will motivate you throughout the session and push you closer to your fitness goals.

By signing up to the platform today, you’ll have instant access to classes such as HiiT, Yoga, Core, Circuits, Zumba, PiYo and lots of classes from the Les Mills programme. Did we mention that it’s free? Get yourself registered today to start making a really positive impact on your fitness. Group exercise is also amazing for your mental health, even at home, because for those 30-60 minutes, you’re part of an uplifting and motivating fitness community where everyone is working together to achieve their fitness goals.

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.

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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…

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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.

Using Exercise to Aid Coronavirus Recovery

Using Exercise to Aid Coronavirus Recovery
Using Exercise to Aid Coronavirus Recovery

The Power of Exercise

For some people, before Coronavirus landed in the UK, a regular gym and exercise routine was normal. It wasn’t until our gyms closed and that we adjusted to our ‘new normal’ that we realised how much we missed it. According to ukactive Board member, Professor Greg Whyte OBE, all of us may now need to develop a regular gym routine in our lives once Covid-19 has passed.

He said: “Exercise cannot only reduce infection, it can dampen the deleterious response to infection and play an integral role in the rehabilitation of people recovering from the virus. This makes exercise an essential requirement of our daily lives, and health and fitness providers an essential public service.”

It’s never too late to make that all-important decision to focus on your fitness and your health. By having a better relationship with exercise, you will start to reap the many benefits including a stronger immune system, feeling healthier and happier and most importantly, having a higher chance of fighting off infections. 

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Exercise: The Wonder Drug

Professor Greg Whyte OBE also had lots of other insightful and thought-provoking things to share about exercise and Covid-19…

“‘Exercise is the wonder drug’ – I could not agree more with this statement, and was proud to see it in a letter ukactive Chair Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson sent to the Prime Minister last week. In my years studying sport, exercise, and medical rehabilitation, it is a drug we have never fully appreciated or harnessed as a nation. With the shadow Covid-19 casts over our society, that must now change.

It is a vital service for two key reasons. Firstly, as many will know and have tragically experienced, this is an aggressive virus, which attacks multiple body systems simultaneously, leaving sufferers significantly debilitated. As a result, rehabilitation from infection can be a long, complicated, and arduous journey.

As in many other forms of recovery, this will require a combination of acute in-hospital rehabilitation, outpatient support, and community provision.

I have no doubt that people seeking support to aid recovery from Covid-19 will need to depend on community-based rehabilitation services. An absence of such services will likely lead to a demand for hospital-based support which could overwhelm an already stretched NHS.

This makes the health and fitness sector essential to Covid-19 recovery. We have already seen this sector work closely with the NHS and wider health agencies, partnering to develop programmes for a variety of diseased states including: cardiac; pulmonary; and cancer rehabilitation.

Secondly, the health and fitness sector is essential to Covid-19 prevention. We know from academic research undertaken by New York University (NYU) – the largest study of its type to date – that the biggest risk factor leading to hospitalisation (after age) is obesity (the risk with type 2 diabetes is explained here).

Furthermore, the importance of immune and metabolic health in reducing risk is becoming increasingly clear, pointing towards the central role of physical activity, alongside other lifestyle modifications, in reducing infection and severity.

This means the 7,000 facilities and 400,000-strong workforce that make up the health and fitness sector in the UK must be fully equipped and supported to play a crucial preventive role against this virus, and a rehabilitative role in the treatment of those infected.”

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Improve Your Physical Activity, Improve Your Health

Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, we have been advised by the Government to stay safe, stay at home and have been permitted to do some forms of outdoor exercise. At Xercise4Less, we have also encouraged our communities to do this as staying as active with new types of exercise including home workouts and exercise classes are great for your mental wellbeing and physical health.

ukactive Board member, Professor Greg Whyte OBE, agrees but now wants us to be able to push this slightly further: “The Government is right to reinforce the importance of exercise during this crisis, but we now need to see real action to harness its value in both prevention and rehabilitation. Our health and fitness providers are an essential public service, providing immeasurable support to our NHS at a time when it’s needed most.”