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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Stepper Workout Guide

Boost your cardiovascular fitness

Ready for the ultimate fat burn and calorie blast workout? Working out using the stepper can help you make huge progress in terms of your fitness and your health. Keep reading this Xercise4Less Stepper Workout Guide to help you make progress fast.

Whether you’re ready to join a gym, new to gyms, a casual gym goer or an experienced gym user, you’ll find Xercise4Less gyms the right place to start your fitness journey. Stepping into the cardio zones at Xercise4Less will allow you to supercharge your health and wellbeing by climbing numerous flights of stairs in just one spot in each of our gyms across the UK.

Using the stepper in the cardio zone

Don’t get stuck with your same old cardio routine; burn calories fast, increase your speed and build your stamina with a full body workout on the stepper. There are lots of ways that you can use a stepper at Xercise4Less to make your workouts more exciting and to even shock your body into a fat burning state to really maximise results.

Once you’ve stepped onto the machine, make sure that you’re comfortable and have set the machine to a comfortable level. Then, by holding onto the handles, keep yourself stood upright and push your feet down on the steps to help you build up some power and momentum.

When using the stepper, you have a couple of different options – low intensity or high intensity. Low intensity stepper workouts mean using the machine for a long period of time such as 30-60 minutes. Whilst performing a low intensity workout, it’s important to keep your back straight and not hunched to prevent injury. Try to keep a steady and consistent pace so that you can keep working for your designated time – you may need to lower the level on the machine to allow you to do this.

High intensity workouts are slightly different. Firstly, it will be a lot shorter in length with anything from 5 to 30 minutes. For high intensity stepper workouts, continue focusing on your form but increase the level so that the steps feel a lot lighter and more difficult to control. This will mean that your body is forced to work harder to keep it upright. If you can’t maintain this level for a long period of time, you could opt for 1-5 minutes ‘sprints’ so that you work for a short period of time but give maximum effort and then rest. This will increase your heart rate substantially and therefore push you closer to your weight loss goals.

Make great steps on your weight loss journey

Steppers are a great piece of equipment that will help you work towards your fitness journey and fitness goals. If you’re aiming to work on your weight loss, there are lots of small things that you can do to make a difference. One of those includes increasing your daily steps. For example, aiming for 10,000 steps a day could allow you to burn extra calories and therefore increase your weight loss results. If you’re unable to walk around during the day due to work or life commitments, step into the cardio zone at Xercise4Less and work towards your daily step goals.

All of the team at Xercise4Less are keen to help you focus on your goals with us and if that is specifically weight loss, the cardio zones (and steppers especially) could be incredibly beneficial to you. We provide over 400 pieces of exercise equipment, so you never waste time looking for fitness gear and delaying your workout. Every Xercise4Less gym provides enough steppers so that our members can blast calories with intensive stepping sessions at a time that suits them and their schedule.

Next time you visit Xercise4Less, use this full body stepper workout guide to supercharge your fitness programme with these variations of stepper training.

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Join Xercise4Less Gyms today

Joining us means that you get a great value gym membership but also become part of a fitness community that will help to push you closer to your fitness goals. Whether you’ve never stepped foot into a gym before or are an experience gym goer, join the Xercise4Less community today and take those all-important first steps onto your health and fitness journey.

Benefit from quality gym facilities like our Ladies Only Gym Zone, spacious Spin Studio or Combat Zone with full-sized boxing ring or attend one of our classes including the famous Les Mills sessions – either way, completely transform your workout programme.

Lat Pulldown Workout Guide

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Lat Pulldown

Elevate your back workout

Wanting to increase the strength in your upper body? Now is the perfect time to do exactly that. Start increasing your back muscles after just your first time using your lat pulldown at Xercise4Less. Lat pulldown resistance machines are strongly proven to help you build muscle, increase your muscle mass but also help to improve your general health and fitness. This machine is designed to help you target your latissimus dorsi (lats) – the biggest muscles in your back – so if you want toned and defined back muscles, this is the machine for you.

Make the most of your back workout or pull day by using the lat pulldown, or include this machine in a full body session to help you increase your upper body strength. With a strong upper body, you’ll be able to push yourself closer your fitness goals and this will also help you in everyday life with things such as lifting heavy objects etc.

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How to use the lat pulldown

Resistance machines allow you to target individual areas, and this is exactly what the lat pulldown. Every time that you’re using this machine, you can purely focus on your back and increase your muscle mass and strength. A great thing about the lat pulldown is that you can easily adjust the weight that you’re lifting so, whether you’re a weight lifting expert or a gym beginner, you should hopefully feel comfortable to use this equipment as you please.

Once you’ve found the lat pulldown, you need to sit down on the seat and adjust the leg rest so that it is resting just above your thighs. The pads shouldn’t be squashing your legs but there shouldn’t be a huge gap. The bigger the gap, the more difficult the lift will be and you’ll start to put pressure on other areas of your body. Once you’re comfortable, sit down and choose the weight you want to lift by moving the pin.

Next, stand up to reach the lat pulldown bar and return to your seat. Pull the handles down so that your elbows are as close to your waist at possible. Hold this position for a second (and until you feel your back muscles working) and then stretch your arms upwards again. Repeat this 8-12 times and then rest for a couple of minutes. Repeat this for 3-5 sets. Once you’ve finished all of your sets, return the lat pulldown bar to the starting position and stand up. Remember to wipe down any equipment ready for the next member to use.

Once you’ve built up your confidence, start to increase the weight on the resistance machine. You could do this every set, every week or every month. To make progress and to improve your upper body strength, just be sure to increase the weight as often as you can. To encourage amazing results in your lats, include the lat pulldown regularly. This could be every back day, upper body session, pull session or full body session. We recommend using the lat pulldown at least once a week.

Resistance machines to suit your goals

In our inclusive gyms at Xercise4Less, we have a wide range of machines in the resistance machines zone to help you build up strength. No matter your fitness goals and preferred type of training, we have something to suit you.

Try to push yourself every time you step into the gym. This might mean squeezing a few extra reps into your workout or increasing the weight so that you’re building up strength and the size of your muscles. The lat pulldown machine should be used regularly in your back workout, pull day or in a full body workout so that you’re able to work numerous muscles at one time and create a balanced amount of strength in your upper body.

Once you feel confident, start to use different machines such as the assisted pull-up machine to build your strength even further. You’ll then be able to perform exercises like deadlifts and bent over rows with more confidence and ease which will mean that you’re building strength and making amazing progress towards your fitness goals.

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Become an Xercise4Less member today

Joining us means that you get a great value gym membership but also join a fitness community that will help to push you closer to your fitness goals. Whether you’ve never stepped foot into a gym before or are an experience gym goer, join the Xercise4Less community today and take those all-important first steps onto your health and fitness journey.

Take those all-important steps on your gym journey by becoming part of our inclusive community. Benefit from quality gym facilities like our Ladies Only Gym Zone, spacious Spin Studio or Combat Zone with full-sized boxing ring or attend one of our classes including the famous Les Mills sessions – either way, completely transform your workout programme.

Release Stress and Work on Mental Health at the Gym

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Focus on Your Mental Health at Xercise4Less

You may think that attending the gym is something that is helpful for your physical health and that it’s mainly for people who want to lose weights or build muscle but this isn’t always the case. Yes, Xercise4Less gyms are perfect for those things but we also encourage people to join us if they want to make a positive impact on their mental health.

We’re proud to provide our members with access to a wide range of equipment and facilities meaning that everyone is able to focus on their individual goals and unique health and fitness journey. Attending the gym regularly is also really positive to help with stress release and de-cluttering your mind; especially after a difficult and anxiety-filled few months.

Join a Friendly and Fun Fitness Community

When you join Xercise4Less, you become part of a community and a family. Every time you come to the gym, you have the option to surround yourself with likeminded people who will encourage you through your gym journey. This includes our members and staff.

A great thing that will allow you to work on your mental health and release stress is by attending our group exercise classes. From the moment you step into one of our classes, you’ll feel welcome and part of a community. Our motivational and encourage instructors will talk you through each movement to make sure you’re comfortable and reaching your potential. As you’re taking part in the class, you’ll be able to speak to and laugh along with your fellow members which will hopefully help you forget about your stresses and worries and most importantly, have fun.

Having fun with exercise is one of the best ways to release endorphins and improve your wellbeing. Once you release endorphins, your mindset will improve and you’ll be able to think clearer and bit more positively.

Focus on Your Individual Health Journey

If you’re the type of person who prefers working out alone, our gyms also offer you the opportunity to do exactly that. If you’re having a difficult day and find that you’re struggling with your mental health, exercise just could be the ‘drug’ that your body is calling out for.

Stick your headphones on and navigate your way around your local Xercise4Less gym and spend some time putting yourself first and making your health and fitness a top priority in your life. If you’re having a bad day, it might take you a while to get into your rhythm. As soon as you do though, your mind will stop thinking about the negative and you’ll soon be focusing on your workout and what piece of equipment you’ll be using next.

For stress release, we recommend sticking on some headphones or listening to our motivational tunes and heading to the free weight zone. There’s something quite liberating about picking up some dumbbells, swinging kettlebells or slamming medicine balls. Including some weight training in your workout routine may work wonders for your stress release and mental health. Cardio zones could also be really beneficial for your mental health too. Low intensity training such as long distance walks on the treadmills or long stationary bike rides will be great for your mental health. Whilst you’re doing this, you’ll be focusing on something else other than the difficult thoughts and feelings inside your head. The moment that you start exercising, you’ll be distracted and once those endorphins start working their way around your body, those worries and stresses that you entered your Xercise4Less gym with, will hopefully be a distant memory.

Focusing on Your Health and Fitness at Home

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.

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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.

Body Blast 2 Workout Guide | Staying Fit at Home

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Body Blast Home Workout

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Body Blast 2 Workout Guide at Home

We understand the importance of fitness, health and exercise and that’s why we’re encouraging everyone to keep working towards their goals whilst at home. At Xercise4Less Gyms, we’ve put together a number of home workouts that will help each and every single one of you focus on your fitness whilst at home, despite our gyms being closed on Government instruction from the 20th of March 2020. Smash those fitness goals, kickstart your fitness journey and join our fun and inclusive fitness community.

If you’re not yet an Xercise4Less Gym member, we’re giving everyone free access to our online gym portal, providing dedicated workouts you can do at home or back in the gym once we re-open. To re-assure you, we’ll continue to provide everyone with free access even past the initial 90 days should we need to extend our home fitness option to the UK public while we all battle the Coronavirus pandemic. Stay well, fit and healthy and follow our at home workouts for free.

What Is a Body Blast 2 Workout?

This Body Blast workout has been put together by our expert personal trainers who will try to help you achieve your fitness goals even though you can’t get to the gym right now. This workout allows you to focus on different areas of your body including legs, core and arms. There’s also a heavy focus on cardio training and increasing your heart rate to help with weight loss. Our Body Blast 2 Workout Guide is an intermediate level so if you want to give yourself a challenge and push yourself closer to your fitness goals, follow this full body workout guide.

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What You Need For a Body Blast 2 Workout

Nothing besides yourself. We understand the difficulties of working out at home so we’ve tried to reduce the equipment needed in these workouts to make sure you can focus on your fitness. This workout is a combination for bodyweight exercises suitable for all ages and abilities. If you struggle with any of the movements, feel free to replace them for something else. It’s important to create a big enough space in your house to complete the workout comfortably too. For example, when performing jumping movements you’re not falling over things and injuring yourself. Allow enough room for your workout whether you’re in the living room, garden or back in our gyms once we re-open.

Exercise 1: Lateral Squat Jumps

Start this workout stood upright with your feet around shoulder width apart. Lower yourself into a squat and then jump up into the air. This time, as you jump, you’ll jump over to your left rather than straight into the air. Lower into another squat and then jump over to your right. Keep alternating sides as you jump until your time is up.

Complete as many reps as you can for 45 seconds followed by a 15 second rest.

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Exercise 2: Close Press Ups

For your next exercise, we’re stepping things up a notch. This is your normal press up with a twist. Get into your usual press up position but this time keep your hands really close to each other – make a triangle shape between your two hands if you can. This is a really good chest exercise but it can be difficult but don’t give up!

Complete as many reps as you can for 45 seconds followed by a 15 second rest.

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Exercise 3: High Knees

Start this next exercise by jogging on the spot but bring your knees as high as you can with each movement. This will really get your heart rate pumping and help you warm up your full body ready for a Body Blast. Try to do these as fast you can to maximize the results.

Complete as many reps as you can for 45 seconds followed by a 15 second rest.

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Exercise 4: High Plank

Lay on your stomach with your legs out straight with your hands in front of your chest but close to your body, and then push your body up so that it’s off the floor and you’re on your tip toes. Simply hold this position for as long as you. If you struggle to hold it, take the movement down to your knees. Try not to arch your back as this could cause an injury to your back.

Complete as many reps as you can for 45 seconds followed by a 15 second rest.

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Exercise 5: Quick Feet

For this next movement, you’re going to be stood upright and stationary but moving your feet and legs as fast as you can. Keep the movement purely focused on your lower body; keeping sprinting and moving your feet as fast as you can to raise your heart rate. It’ll help if you stay on your tip toes throughout this exercise.

Complete as many reps as you can for 45 seconds followed by a 15 second rest.

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If you’re not yet an Xercise4Less Gym member, we’re giving everyone free access to our online gym portal, providing dedicated workouts you can do at home or back in the gym once we re-open. To re-assure you, we’ll continue to provide everyone with free access even past the initial 90 days should we need to extend our home fitness option to the UK public while we all battle the Coronavirus pandemic. Stay well, fit and healthy and follow our at home workouts for free.

Exercise 6: Lunge Jumps

Start by stepping forward into a lunge position with your left foot forward. Lower yourself into a lunge and jump into the air. As you jump, alternate your legs so that your right foot is now in front of your left. Keep your arms by your side, swinging them for momentum but also using them to help you balance. If you’re struggling, jump into the middle between lunges to help you keep your balance.

Complete as many reps as you can for 45 seconds followed by a 15 second rest.

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Exercise 7: Crunches

Sit down on the floor and simply start performing a crunch to tone and sculpt your abs. Place your hands at either side of your head and raise your chest and shoulders whilst squeezing your core and hold for a second. Try to keep your legs flat and don’t overextend and cause an injury to your back. 

Complete as many reps as you can for 45 seconds followed by a 15 second rest.

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Exercise 8: Lateral Squat Jumps

Now for another round of those lateral squat jumps. This time, you’ll be completing the exercise for a bit longer so feel free to slow down the pace and really focus on that form and engaging all of your muscles needed – arms, legs and core.

Complete 4 sets of 30 seconds rounds. Have 5 seconds rest between the first 3 sets and 30 seconds after the final set.

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Exercise 9: Close Press Ups

Back to those press ups. If you struggled last time, lower yourself to your knees if you have to but try your best to have the best form you can on all your reps.

Complete 4 sets of 30 seconds rounds. Have 5 seconds rest between the first 3 sets and 30 seconds after the final set.

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Exercise 10: High Knees

You guessed it, another round of high knees. This is tough exercise with minimal rest so try your best to focus on your breathing and keeping that heart rate high but steady throughout. Feel free to slow it down if you need to catch your breath.

Complete 4 sets of 30 seconds rounds. Have 5 seconds rest between the first 3 sets and 30 seconds after the final set.

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Exercise 11: High Plank

The next 4 exercises are working on perfecting that plank. Your core might start to burn but don’t give in – keep pushing and working towards a strong and toned tummy.

Hold this position for 30 seconds followed by a 5 second rest.

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Exercise 12: High Plank

Straight into another plank. Keep pushing!

Hold this position for 30 seconds followed by a 5 second rest.

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Exercise 13: High Plank

Only one more after this and no more planks!

Hold this position for 30 seconds followed by a 5 second rest.

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Exercise 14: High Planks

This is your final plank so give it everything that you’ve got and try to stay up for the full 30 seconds.

Hold this position for 30 seconds followed by a 30 second rest.

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If you’re not yet an Xercise4Less Gym member, we’re giving everyone free access to our online gym portal, providing dedicated workouts you can do at home or back in the gym once we re-open. To re-assure you, we’ll continue to provide everyone with free access even past the initial 90 days should we need to extend our home fitness option to the UK public while we all battle the Coronavirus pandemic. Stay well, fit and healthy and follow our at home workouts for free.

Exercise 15: Quick Feet

Back to those quick feet. This is a high energy exercise so give it everything that you’ve got. If you need a bit of extra momentum, swing your arms up by your sides to really boost that energy.

Complete as many reps as you can for 30 seconds followed by a 5 second rest.

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Exercise 16: Quick Feet

Another round of quick feet so get your breath back and go again!

Complete as many reps as you can for 30 seconds followed by a 5 second rest.

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Exercise 17: Quick Feet

Keep pushing through another round of quick feet. Don’t give up, just keep thinking about your fitness goals and improving your health and fitness.

Complete as many reps as you can for 30 seconds followed by a 5 second rest.

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Exercise 18: Quick Feet

This is your final round of quick feet and then you’ve got an extended bit of rest so give it everything that you’ve got!

Complete as many reps as you can for 30 seconds followed by a 30 second rest.

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Exercise 19: Lunge Jumps

Back to those lunge jumps. Your legs may want to give in by now but keep going and keep pushing – once this is all over you can relax and put your feet up again. If you’re struggling, just do some stationary lunges instead but give as much energy as you possibly can.

Complete 4 sets of 30 seconds rounds. Have 5 seconds rest between the first 3 sets and 30 seconds after the final set.

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Exercise 20: Crunches

Lay down on the floor again for this last exercise to get that heart rate back down but focus on toning and conditioning for a while. Your abs will be on fire by now but keep pushing. Once you’ve completed these final sets, you’re all done!

Complete 4 sets of 30 seconds rounds. Have 5 seconds rest between the first 3 sets and 15 seconds after the final set.

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Watch Our Personal Trainer Video:​

Not sure how to perform each exercise? Want someone to coach you through each movement? Watch our Personal Trainer Jonny as he guides you through this full Body Blast 2 workout.

Body Blast 2 Workout Guide Summary:

Goal

 

Get Fit

Equipment

 

None required

Fitness Space

 

4m x 4m clear area like a living room, garden or dining room.

Level

 

Intermediate

Duration

 

30 minutes

Days per week

 

3

Cycle Duration

 

1 Weeks

Repeat

 

Once a day

Xercise4Less Home Workout Guides

We have split our at home or at the gym workouts into a number of different focuses meaning that you can target different areas of your body throughout the week in a range of different style workouts. We aim to switch up these workouts each week. Whatever your goals and however you usually spend time in the gym, take this time to embrace something new and stay on track towards your current fitness goals.

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Don’t Postpone Your Goals; Get Fit and Strong at Home

Being at home can still have a positive impact on your fitness journey. If you’ve got fitness goals you want to achieve, follow our home workouts and still make encouraging steps towards smashing those goals. All of the exercises that you find in our Body Blast Workout from home can be performed in the comfort of your home or back in the gym. You can access the workout wherever and whenever you like from your phone, laptop or smart device.

Home Workout Safety Information

Before following the workout, make sure that you have enough space to perform movements freely to prevent any injury. If you need a piece of furniture to perform an exercise, make sure that it can stand your weight and that the movement feels comfortable. If you’re struggling, please switch the exercise for something that feels more natural. There isn’t much different in terms of safety when it comes to home workout vs gym workouts; just practice correct form to stay safe and prevent injury.

Group Exercise Class

Join our fun and inclusive fitness community

During this difficult time, we’re encouraging people to come together. Focus your love for fitness and the gym into our new series of home workouts that still allow you to work towards your goals and health in the comfort of your own home. Share your workouts with us and show us how you’re using this time to continue on your fitness journey with Xercise4Less Gyms. Once you’ve repeated the exercises at home and built up confidence, make a visit to the gym once we’re back open and use our wide range of quality equipment and facilities to improve your strength further.

All Xercise4Less Gyms provide members with access to a range of top quality kit as part of our great value gym memberships, including:

  • Private and self-contained Female Only gym zones for female members
  • Over 400 pieces of gym equipment for beginners to bodybuilders
  • Dedicated cardio and free weights training areas to build up your fitness
  • Motivated Personal trainers to help you achieve your health ambitions
  • Free weights ranging from 2kg to 75kg to build up your fitness
  • Wide range of resistance machines for toning and building muscle
  • Strength training apparatus like Olympic lifting platforms and squat racks for power lifters
  • Great selection of weight plates and cable machines for weight training
  • Large fitness studio perfect for stretching or creating custom mini cardio or light-weighted circuits with boxes, barbells, mats and plates
  • Purpose-built spinning-area with 30 spin bikes
  • Full-size boxing ring, MMA cage and punch bags in our amazing combat zone

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.

5 Ways to Burn Body Fat at Home

HiiT Workout at Home
HiiT Workout at Home

Smash your 2020 Fitness Goals

If you set yourself a challenge to reduce your body fat and to become leaner in 2020, we want to help you keep working towards that goal. Body fat can sometimes be stubborn and really mess up your body confidence but by altering your diet and training, you’ll soon be burning excess body fat and feeling healthier and happier.

Keep reading to read our advice all about how you can burn body fat at home until you’re back in the gym using our wide range of quality equipment and facilities.

Mix Up Your Diet and Training

There may be lots of different factors that contribute towards your fat gain, but the main two tend to be diet and lifestyle. Once you’ve mastered some, or all, of these changes, you’ll really boost your fitness and smash your goals:

  • Clean Your Diet – Nutrition is essential to help you live a healthier and happier life. By eating healthier foods, you’ll notice that your body shreds weight and body fat a lot quicker. This doesn’t mean that you need to live on salads and follow fad diets but you should try to limit junk food and takeaways and increase the amount of fresh and protein-rich foods that you’re eating.

  • Try HiiT Training – HiiT stands for High Intensity Interval Training and it’s tough but very rewarding. HiiT workouts involve working for 40-60 second intervals followed by a 10-20 second rest. This low rest time keeps your heart rate high which means that you’re burning calories and body fat at a quicker rate, especially with exercises like burpees, mountain climbers and jumping jacks. As HiiT workouts are short, they prevent you from getting bored and keep exercise fun!

  • Do More Cardio – To help reduce the amount of body fat that you have in your body, you need to do regular cardio training. It doesn’t matter if you’re not a strong runner or swimmer; you can go for long walks or climb the stairs in your house for 15-20 minutes a day instead. However, the more intense cardiovascular training that you do, the more of an impact it will have on your fat burning results.
Barbell Weighted Plates

Weights Are Your Friend!

People sometimes tend to shy away from free weights equipment such as dumbbells, barbells and kettlebells when it comes to weight loss and fat burn but using them will help you see amazing results.

  • Low Weights, High Reps – To use weights purely for weight loss and fat burn, drop the to a low weight and perform a higher number of reps. For example, instead of a heavy kettlebell that will help with muscle growth, instead use a lighter one and aim to complete 20-30 kettlebell swings or barbell squats. This type of training when performed regularly will help you achieve your desired results.

  • Perform Compound Exercises – Compound exercises are ones that use multiple muscles/muscle groups at one time. This of course requires more energy and work from your body which means that your body is burning more calories and body fat. Some examples of compound exercises are deadlifts, squats, pull ups and bench press. If you’re new to this type of training, ease yourself into it and always ensure that your form is correct to prevent any injury.

Exercise at Home with Xercise4Less Gyms

Whilst you might be missing your favourite piece of equipment from your Xercise4Less gym, use this time to try new things and mix up your typical training routine. There are lots of different types of training that can help you burn body fat and whilst you’re at home.

We’ve put together a wide range of @Home Workouts that you can complete in the comfort of your own home/garden. There is something for everyone – any ability, any fitness goal, any age – so whilst our gyms are temporarily closed, give one of them a try and see how it goes. You might just fall in love with a type of training that you never tried before.

We’re also offering our members exclusive access to a number of Live Stream and On-Demand group exercises classes with everything from Zumba and Les Mills Body Combat to PiYo, Yoga and Children’s Taekwondo. Come and join our expert personal trainers today as they take you through our classes exactly as you’d do them in the gym.