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.

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.

Using Exercise to Aid Coronavirus Recovery

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

The Power of Exercise

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

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

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

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Exercise: The Wonder Drug

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Improve Your Physical Activity, Improve Your Health

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

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

Build Fitness With Fun Group Exercise Classes

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Class categories at Xercise4Less Gyms

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Here at friendly, inclusive Xercise4Less Gyms we offer four main categories of fitness class to help you achieve your exercise targets and enjoy yourself in the process. The categories are split into; high energy, toning and conditioning, dance and health and wellbeing. These genres cater all your fitness needs and give you the opportunity to train with like-minded people who are working towards a similar goal. 

High Energy

Get your heart rate pumping and boost your fitness by joining our High Energy classes!  These classes are great for increasing your energy, reducing stress and making your body more efficient! From BODYATTACK™ to Boxercise™ and Step sessions, we have something for everyone! Or if you prefer something more challenging, join on of our HIIT style (High Intensity Interval Training) classes!

All our clubs offer Indoor Cycling classes. This is an amazing way to challenge your fitness using a stationary bike! So, if you want to get fitter and burn calories, these classes are for you!

Toning and Conditioning

Want to get more from your workouts in the gym? Our Toning and Conditioning classes will help to change the shape of our body by strengthening your muscles.

BODYPUMP™ is one of the most popular Group Fitness classes worldwide and we are pleased to offer this in most of our clubs! This high repetition workout will get you burning calories fast! We also run classes from Legs, Bums & Tums to Total Body Workout. We even run Core Conditioning and Abs Blast classes to turn your body into a fully functional machine!

Dance

Dance classes are a fantastic way to lose weight, have fun and improve stamina! From Zumba™ to SH’BAM™ and Dance Fitness, you can work out to your favourite tracks through a range of different styles!

Health and Wellbeing

Increase your energy and calm, whilst improving your strength and mobility with our Health and Wellbeing classes. From various Yoga styles to Pilates and BODYBALANCE™, we have something for you! If you are looking to calm you mind, whilst building your fitness, these classes are for you.

Head over to xercise4less.co.uk/classes to sign up for your chosen class at your local Xercise4Less gym!

Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2020 – Mike Ryan

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Gaining confidence and motivation in the gym

After struggling to strap himself into his aeroplane seat on a flight, Mike Ryan felt like he had hit rock bottom and realised that he needed to do something about. Mike, 37, had been training at the gym every day using the free weights zone in Manchester but still managed to gain excess weight. The weight gain wasn’t caused by a lack of activity but overeating and unhealthy eating habits which led him to pile on the pounds.

Naturally, this caused Mike to lose his motivation and confidence in himself but by taking his gym workouts to the next level, he was able to push himself out of his comfort zone and improve his general health and fitness.

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Mike’s self esteem hit rock bottom during this challenging time of his life. He was having trouble sleeping, was experiencing real discomfort and struggling with breathing. He wanted to work on improving this and feeling better about himself – not just for himself but for his children too.

Mike said:  “My children were my biggest motivation. I wanted to be able to play football with them and more importantly, be around long enough to see them grow up.”

Despite weight training for 1 hour a day, Mike was the first to admit that he wasn’t really pushing himself out of his comfort zone. Whilst he was in the gym, he would spend time on his phone scrolling through social media and not really take his training seriously.  However, the biggest issue of all of was Mike’s diet. Because Mike was spending an hour lifting weights in the free weights gym zone in Manchester, he’d treat himself to a takeaway afterwards. Sometimes even having 4-5 takeaways a week and sometimes even twice a day. By adjusting his diet and taking his nutrition a lot more seriously, he began to notice positive changes to his life.  

Transforming fitness at Xercise4Less Manchester

Seen as Mike was finding himself stuck in a bit of a rut, he wanted to mix things up. He eventually signed up for one of our Transformation Camps and because he was getting bored of his typical training, he thought it might help him to make positive changes to his body. 

“The camps looked fun and I wasn’t really seeing the changes I was hoping for by training on my own. I gave my 8 week Transformation Camp not only hard work when in the gym but I was really watching what I was eating. It wasn’t long until I started to see changes in my body and was feeling better and sleeping better.”

Mike was also able to push himself harder in the training sessions compared to when he started as his fitness level and stamina was improving. When he started to see the numbers of the tape measure going down, this was the biggest motivation of all and kept him focused on his end fitness goal. Mike has only positive things to say about Transformation Camps at Xercise4Less following his experience.

“I know gyms can be intimidating places but remember, nobody is watching at you. We’re all there for the same reason, same goal – to be better than we were yesterday. I’d always encourage regular members to help others too. If you see someone new and unsure of what to do – be nice, help them, even if it’s just a smile or a nod of approval, it goes a long way. Remember, we were all newbies once.”