Minimal Equipment, Maximum Impact

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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! 

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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. 

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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.  

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Has lockdown slowed down your fitness? Maybe your home training has given you the gym motivation you were lacking before. It’s officially the time to give your workouts a new lease of life and boost your fitness with the latest offer from Xercise4Less. By joining today, you will only pay £9.99 a month until 2021 with no joining fee!

Activating your new membership is simple – head to our website and sign up today. Don’t wait to kick start your fitness journey in the gym because only a limited amount of memberships are available at this price so make the most of this amazing re-opening offer while it lasts.

Why join Xercise4Less Gyms?

With a friendly, inclusive gym community, we’re suitable for people of all fitness levels. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, improve fitness or build muscle, we have the equipment and facilities you need to achieve your goals.

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Protein: How Good Food Can Help Your Fitness

How Protein Can Help Your Fitness Journey

You may have heard people say that you need to eat protein pre-workout and post-workout and that it’s important for your health but what does that mean? At Xercise4Less Gyms, we want to help you work towards your fitness goals and you can do that with our quality equipment and facilities but also by making your diet a priority and by eating clean.

One of the key reasons for consuming a healthy amount of protein is that helps your body build and repair. This is essential after your gym sessions at Xercise4Less because no matter your goals, you need to help you body recover from the hard work that you’ve just put your body through. Whether you’re using the equipment, facilities and group exercise classes at Xercise4Less to focus on weight loss or weight gain, protein is essential to your diet to help your body with recovery. High protein foods include lots of amazing nutrients that help you feel strong and healthy and this is something all of us need no matter our goals.

The Benefits of Protein

There are lots of benefits to consuming protein. We say consuming as you can eat and drink protein to help you hit your daily target of protein. Remember to consume protein within a balanced diet though so then you’re able to balance out the foods with fats, carbohydrates, fruit/vegetables etc. and have a healthy diet to help you with your goals.

But why should you include protein in your diet? Lots of reasons. Firstly, protein helps with muscle growth as it helps your maintain or increase your muscle mass and strength. Even if you’re working towards a significant weight loss goal, muscle mass is really important as you’ll be burning fat from your body and replacing this with muscle help you during your workouts at Xercise4Less. Whether you’re working on weight loss or muscle gain in the gym, by consuming a significant amount of protein, you’ll be able to lift weights and use resistance machines with ease.

Another great thing about high protein foods is that they keep you full and reduce hunger levels. This is because they are rich in nutrients and cure your hunger for longer which will reduce your need for snacks which can be unhealthy or reverse progress on your fitness journey. For those people focusing on weight loss, most meals that you have should be protein focused but also include vegetables and then fats/carbohydrates. This is a balanced diet that will keep you healthy but also means that you’re focusing on your weight loss goals by keeping you full without under eating.

Forms of Protein to Include in Your Diet

Protein is really important post-exercise. It helps your body to minimise DOMs (delayed-onset muscle soreness) which is the reason why you sometimes feel sore after a workout. If you’re pushing yourself using the quality equipment at Xercise4Less such as the Free Weights Zone and Resistance Machines Zone, you need to consume protein-rich food/drink 30-60 minutes after your gym session.

Protein isn’t just for meat eaters. There are lots of amazing high protein foods that are meat free and plant-based so that both vegetarians and vegans can fulfil these needs too. Try to include these within your diet, especially after your next workout at Xercise4Less to make more progress on your fitness journey:

  • Chicken breast
  • Turkey breast
  • Lean beef
  • Greek yoghurt
  • Eggs
  • Broccoli
  • Lentils
  • Quinoa
  • Nuts and seeds

Protein shakes are also great to help you make progress with your fitness mainly because they mean that you can get your protein fix easily. If you’re not able to cook a protein-rich meal after the gym, try a protein shake instead. They will cure your hunger, boost muscle growth and help your body with recovery. Mixing them with water with lower your calories intake or mix with milk for a higher calorie option.

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Become Part of Our Supportive Community

Joining Xercise4Less 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, joining Xercise4Less community today will help you take those all-important first steps onto your health and fitness journey. We understand that people use our gyms for different reasons so we want to help people and guide them towards their goals.

Take those all-important steps on your gym journey by joining Xercise4Less Gyms today and exercise in a safe and spacious environment. Benefit from quality gym facilities like our Ladies Only Gym Zone, spacious Spin Studio or Combat Zone or attend one of our classes including the famous Les Mills sessions – either way, completely transform your workout programme with us.

The Diet to Help With Healthy Weight Loss

Your Weight Loss Journey with Xercise4Less Gyms

Here at Xercise4Less Gyms, we value each and every single one of our members. We understand that everyone has different goals and wants to focus on different things but one of the main reasons that people come through our doors is to work on their weight loss journey and to transform their fitness.

Not only do we provide our members with a wide range of equipment and facilities including cardiovascular machines such as treadmills and cross trainers that will help you lose weight and burn calories, but we also support you with your diet and nutrition. Your diet will make a really big impact on your weight loss journey and help you drop your weight and body fat quicker once you combine a clean diet with regular exercise.

Once we re-open our gyms, we’ll be taking extra precautions throughout our clubs to help our members stay safe and we can’t wait to continue pushing you on your fitness journey so why not use this time to clean up your diet before you step back into the gym?

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How to Achieve Your Weight Loss Goals

When it comes to weight loss, there are a lot of mixed messages that confuse people and complicate things. At Xercise4Less Gyms, we want to make things as simple and helpful for you as possible; meaning that we want to decode any weight loss myths.

The easiest way to understand weight loss is that it’s achieved when you burn more calories than you consume (what you eat and drink). For example, the recommended daily calorie intake for men in 2,500 and for women in 2,000 but if you’re more or less active than this, these numbers can change. If you’re a fairly active people i.e. you walk 8,000 – 10,000 steps a day and attend the gym around 3-5 times a week, you may be able to increase your calorie intake as you’re burning them at a quicker rate.

If you want to lose weight, you should start keep track of what you’re eating. This will help you understand how many calories you need to burn and if there are any points of the where you’re overeating. For example, you may snack between meals and this could add an additional 500 calories to your daily limit and could be impacting your weight loss goals. Once you’re aware of this, you can substitute these meals/snacks/drinks for something that is lower in calories.

The Diet to Help You Lose Weight Quick

Stop thinking about those fad diets because you only need to follow one specific diet to lose weight and smash your fitness goals. A balanced diet consisting of protein, carbohydrates and fruit/vegetables is the perfect time to help you lose weight quickly. Regardless of whether you’re a meat eater, vegetarian or vegan, you should try stick to this where you can. Losing weight doesn’t mean that you need to cut out any major food group. Instead, try having everything in moderation and try not to overeat and definitely not under eat.

If you struggle with cravings of junk foods such as pizza, curries and fried foods, don’t think that you need to cut these out as such. You can replace this with ‘fakeaways’ and healthier home cooked alternatives and if you really want the real deal, allow yourself one treat a week or month and work towards that goal i.e. you can order a takeaway once you’ve lost 5lb or fit into an old pair of jeans.

By working hard in your Xercise4Less gym and making the effort to focus on your diet and nutrition a bit more, you’ll be pushing yourself closer to your weight loss goals and start to feel more confident.

Join the Xercise4Less Gyms Fitness Community

At Xercise4Less Gyms, we’re proud to have gyms across the UK and provide quality equipment and facilities for all gym interests. Whether you’re a gym beginner and new to gyms or a gym enthusiast, we’ve got something to suit you and your fitness journey. Not only this, but we have a wealth of knowledge amongst our expert staff and personal trainers who can guide you on your weight loss journey and keep pushing you.

Whether you want to use the gym for our wide range of group fitness classes including the Les Mills programme or our exclusive Ladies Only zones, you’ll fit right in at Xercise4Less. Once we re-open, we’ll be taking extra precautions throughout our clubs to help our members stay safe. This includes introducing additional cleaning and social distancing practices. If you’re wanting to restart your fitness journey following Covid-19, register your interest to join the Xercise4Less Gyms community today for our exclusive re-opening gym offers.

Foods to Boost Energy and Performance

Eat Clean to Improve Your Fitness

Regular exercise is really important to help you improve your physical health, allow you to focus on your mental health and become fitter. However, if you focus on your exercise routine whilst neglecting your diet, you’re only delaying your progress. To make a positive impact on your fitness journey, eat as clean as possible and you’ll soon start to notice a difference on your fitness in alignment with your goals.

Try not to confuse eating ‘clean’ with repeatedly eating salads or vegetables (unless you love them of course!) or cutting out food groups such as carbohydrates because instead you should be following a balanced diet that consists of a healthy amount of carbohydrates, protein, fats and vegetables.

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Boost Your Gym Performance with Good Food

The power of a good diet should never be underestimated. Once you start to take your diet a lot more seriously, you’ll notice that you’ll start to perform better in every one of your gym sessions as well as making good progress according to your goals. If you’ve noticed that your fitness journey isn’t moving as you’d like it to, it’s likely that your diet isn’t right but not to worry because this can be resolved in a few simple steps.

Firstly, you need to pay attention to what you’re eating before your gym session. If you’re overeating, this can make you feel sluggish and lethargic. On the other hand, if you’re undereating, you may start to feel dizzy and weak. If you’ve noticed that you tend to feel like this in the gym, it’s time to make your pre-workout eating routine a priority.

Everyone is different and some people prefer to feel full before a session and others don’t but either way, we’d suggest eating around 30 minutes before your session. This could be something small like a banana (packed with carbs and potassium to give you energy) or a bigger protein-heavy meal such as scrambled eggs/tofu, toast and avocado.

After you’ve eaten a good pre-workout meal, you won’t be stopped during your time at Xercise4Less. Look into the nutrients of the food you’re eating before your gym session because you need something carb-dense but also light to prevent fatigue. Don’t be afraid to try a few different meals until you find what works best for you.

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Sticking to a Balanced Diet

A balanced diet is your best friend. This is what will help you reach your fitness goals faster and help you see a difference in your body quicker. A balanced diet consists of a variety of food/drinks but all in good measure. A balanced diet doesn’t mean you can never eat the foods you enjoy (pizza, burgers, fries etc.) as you can still eat these but you just need to be aware of how often you’re eating these and instead, balancing them out with healthier, clean foods such as lean protein, wholegrain carbohydrates and fresh fruit and vegetables.

Other ways to stick to a balanced diet includes eating at least 5 portions of fruit and veg every day, having a potion of potatoes, bread, rice or pasta regularly meals (at least twice a day), including regular protein into your diet and drinking at least 6 glasses of water. As we mentioned, a balanced diet does allow you to have things like sugary drinks and oils/butters but they just need to be in smaller amounts and in moderation to allow you to prevent over consuming these and reversing your hard work in the gym at Xercise4Less.

Whether you’re using your Xercise4Less Gym to work on your weight loss and burning calories or packing on size and building your muscles, take some time to focus on your diet and you’ll soon notice a real acceleration in terms of your fitness journey and fitness goals. 

Become Part of the Xercise4Less Community

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, register your interest in joining 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 with us but don’t forget your diet too!

Fuelling Your Body Post-Workout

Feeding Your Body the ‘Right’ Food

Your diet and nutrition is always really important. You need to know what you’re putting into your body and the effect that this is having on your body and your progress. This is essential in day to day life but especially after a workout. Once you’ve been to the gym, burnt calories and built up a sweat, you need to refuel your body almost instantly with the best food and drink. This will help you make a positive impact on your fitness journey and reach your goals faster.

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The Importance of Nutrition

Regardless of your fitness goals, people tend to gravitate towards the gym to help them get there and that’s great! For weight loss, we’d recommend dedicating some of your gym sessions purely to cardio training on treadmills, stairclimbers or stationary bikes or following HiiT routines in our spacious fitness studios. For muscle growth and weight gain, we’d suggest working out in the free weight zones and using resistance machines.

At Xercise4Less, we’re proud to offer quality facilities to help you do this freely. However, all of your progress at the gym can be slowed down if you aren’t eating the best food to suit your goals. This is why it’s important to pay attention to your nutrition because this is what makes the biggest impact on your body. For weight loss, you need to be in calorie deficit. This means that you’re eating less calories than you’re burning. Weight loss is often associated with foods such as salads and vegetables but you don’t need to cut out any major food groups and eat food you don’t enjoy in order to lose weight. You can follow a balanced diet that consists of fats and carbs and still lose weight; as long as you’re in a deficit.

Similarly, with weight gain, your diet is incredibly important. You need to be in calorie surplus but with clean foods. Gaining weight needs to be doing correctly so try and avoid junk, fried foods where you can because although these are calorie-dense foods, they’re also high in saturated fats that you should avoid where you can no matter your fitness goals.

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What to Eat After Your Workout

Once you’ve smashed your gym session at Xercise4Less and are coming round into a period of recovery, you need to have a think about what you’re going to eat. We recommend eating within 30 minutes to an hour after your workout.

During a period of exercise, your body breaks down your muscles and uses a lot of energy to help you going throughout your session, so by consuming a healthy meal within an hour of your workout, you’ll notice a positive impact on your body. Protein and carbs should be high up on your recipe list after your workout.  Don’t forget to include some healthy fats in your meal too as they will help you to recovery quicker. Carbohydrates are great for muscle repair and growth so regardless of your fitness goals, you need to have a healthy amount of these in your diet, especially post-exercise. Lean protein is a great source of energy whether you’re focused on weight loss or weight gain; just be wary of your deficit or surplus.

Some good examples of things that you could eat after your gym session include:

  • Porridge with Fruit and a Protein Shake
  • Protein Pancakes with Berries and a Banana
  • Poached Eggs with Wholegrain Toast
  • Grilled Chicken, Sweet Potato or Rice and Avocado
  • Tuna Pasta with Avocado, Cucumber and Tomatoes
  • Wholegrain Wraps with Turkey/Chicken/Tofu/Quorn
  • Rice Cakes with Peanut Butter
  • Yoghurt with Fruit
  • Smoothies

These meals and snacks can help you replenish your body and cure that instant hunger that you’re guaranteed to feel once your workout is over. Whilst your food is super important, so is your drinking. You lose a vast amount of water as you sweat during your workout so try to drink a litre of water in the first 1-2 hours after your workout. This will keep you hydrated and prevent headaches and excess fatigue.

Re-Opening Xercise4Less Safely Soon

We’re really excited to re-open our doors and have all of our members back soon. When you’re a member of Xercise4less Gyms, you will be supported to become better and reach your fitness goals.  Our gym facilities are full of equipment as well as that help you shed excess weight or build up your strength. Not forgetting that we have exclusive Ladies Only Gym Zone to allow our female members to feel comfortable during their workout.

Once we re-open, we’ll be taking extra precautions throughout our clubs to help our members stay safe. This includes introducing additional cleaning and social distancing practices. If you’re wanting to restart your fitness journey following Covid-19, register your interest with Xercise4Less Gyms for our exclusive re-opening gym offers. You’ll have plenty of space to workout your way at any of our gym locations across the UK; in most cases we’re double the size of other high street gyms.

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.

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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.

Staying Fit and Active During Lockdown

Woman Outside Running
Woman Outside Running

Regular Exercises Boosts Physical and Mental Health

Whilst you’re at home, it’s likely that you’ll experience periods of low mood and low motivation due to the current situation but try to push through that where you can. At Xercise4Less Gyms, we want to try help you do that by reminding you that exercise is a great thing that helps not only improve your physical fitness but boosts your mood and has a really positive effect on your mental health too.

You may usually follow a gym routine that includes attending your Xercise4Less gym one a week or maybe every day of the week and even though you’re unable to follow your usual gym routine, there are lots of ways you can exercise at home. Try to establish a regular exercise routine where you can as the benefits will make it all worth it.

Man doing Home Workout with Weights

Short and Regular Exercise is Key

Despite our gyms being closed and you being unable to follow your regular gym routine, there are a number of ways that you can keep exercising in the comfort of your own home or garden. It might not be the same but it’s a refreshing change to keep your mind and body occupied until we can reopen again.

We’re all recommended to exercise for at least 20 minutes a day. This is more than enough to stimulate our bodies and minds and leave us feeling energised. We always say that there is no such thing as a bad workout as whatever you choose to do always makes you feel better afterwards. If you can’t commit to a full hour session every day, that’s not a problem. Instead, do something for just 20 minutes a day that raises your heart rate, gets your muscles working and releases those all important endorphins around your body.

There is a wide range of exercising that you can do in just 20 minutes. Staying active is really important as it can help you stay on track with your progress already made so far this year, it will have a positive impact on your mental health too and it gives you something to do. Lockdown isn’t always easy so on your quieter days, try to fit in a short workout and you’ll soon notice how good it’ll make you feel.

Mix Up Your Workouts and Keep it Fun

Are you struggling for a bit of motivation for your home workouts? Maybe you’re used to your typical gym routine and can’t follow that whilst at home. Whatever your current situation, we have a few ideas of things that you can do whilst our gyms are temporarily closed to keep fit and active.

You could follow a HIIT workout at home. High intensity interval training is great for weight loss and requires no equipment. HIIT workouts tend to be short meaning that you exercise for only 15-20 minutes and still make significant progress towards your fitness goals. Go for a fast walk or run. The Government has allowed one form of outdoor exercise a day so make the most of that because it’s bound to make you feel better afterwards. Even something as simple as dancing is a great way to stay active and fit at home. Stick on your favourite music and dance around your house or garden to raise your heart rate and burn calories!

Use your free time to try something new. Remember those New Year’s Resolutions? Now is the perfect time to put them into action. Try Yoga for the first time or improve your flexibility and mobility with some stretches. This sort of activity is great for your physical and mental health and will allow you to keep making significant progress whilst our gyms are temporarily closed. Also, once our gyms do reopen, you’ll be able to jump straight back into your old gym routine because you have been staying active.

Workout at Home to Smash 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 just to have a positive impact on your mental health, you can still do exactly that at home until our doors open again.

You’re not going to cancel out any of that hard work if you continue to exercise at home whether it’s low or high intensity. We understand how important your fitness journey is to members of our fitness community and that’s why we’ve created a wide range of @Home Workouts for different fitness abilities and fitness goals so that everyone can focus on their physical and mental health by staying active.