Release Stress and Work on Mental Health at the Gym

Woman using Cables, Bench, Weights
Woman using Cables, Bench, Weights

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.

Woman on Cross Trainer in Cardio Zone

Focus on Your Health and Recovery at Xercise4Less

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

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

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

Leave Lockdown and Become Healthy and Strong

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

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

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

Online Fitness to Help With Your Fitness Journey

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

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

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

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.

Exercise at Home for Your Mental Health

Woman Stretching on Yoga Mat
Woman Stretching on Yoga Mat

Exercise is Essential for Your Mental Health

Before we had to close our gyms under Government instruction, you may have been visiting the gym on a regular basis to help you move closer your fitness goals. Whilst you were doing this, it had a very positive impact on your mental health without you even realising it. Regular exercise works wonders for your wellbeing and mental strength. Now that our gyms are temporarily closed, try to remain focused on your fitness and include regular exercise into your daily routine to help you get feel happier and healthier.

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Establishing an Exercise Routine At Home

Self-isolation can be hard but something that will help you get through is establishing a daily or weekly routine. If you usually head to the gym first thing in a morning, still wake up early and do what you can from home. Similarly, if you’re a night owl, get that workout in just before winding down for the evening.

Something as simple as this can work wonders for your mental health because you’re still doing something productive regularly whether you workout for 15 minutes or an hour. Once your workout is over, endorphins will start flowing around your body and you’ll feel much more positive and uplifted. At times, especially when you feel stuck at home, it can be difficult to motivate yourself but remind yourself how good you’ll feel afterwards to give yourself the extra boost that you need.

Whilst you’re unable to use our equipment and facilities, don’t let that you push you backwards and reverse any progress and hard work. Try not to get too caught up in what you should be or could be doing, instead, make the most of the extra time you’ve got at home now. This could be doing a circuit workout in your living room, an upper body routine in your garden or going outside for a run for your one form of outdoor daily exercise. Every bit of exercise you’re doing at home will positively impact your mental health.

Dumbbells at Home Equipment

How Exercise Can Help Your Mental Health

Throughout the Coronavirus crisis, you may experience some high days and some low days but one thing that you can do every day to make you feel better is moving your body. As soon as you start exercising, you’ll stop worrying about the negatives and will start to boost your overall mood as you focus on your next movement or getting through the workout. You’ll start to boost your mental strength as well as your physical strength so that the next time you do experience low mood or you’re lacking motivation, you’ll know to turn to exercise to make yourself feel better.

Try not to worry about what others are doing around you; you know yourself and your abilities so focus on that and follow exercise routines that will help you feel healthy and happy. Including regular exercise in your daily routine will help you relieve stress, improve your sleep and prevent the flow of worries and negative thoughts.

Exercise at Home to Suit You and Your Goals

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

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 you 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 at home.

Use this time to try something new a try like Stretch or Balance or continue to follow your typical gym routine with Push, Pull and Full Body. Continue to exercise, establish a positive routine, stay safe and we look forward to seeing you when we re-open.

Optimising Your Sleep: Improve Physical And Mental Health

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Optimising Sleep Blog - Main

How sleep can help boost your health and fitness

These are uncertain and difficult times for all of us, as the Covid-19 pandemic is undoubtedly causing great levels of concern. We may be required to stay in our homes for the imminent future, but that does not mean we cannot keep up with our fitness and health. Sleep is a vital component of health, and it is imperative we adapt our lifestyles during these unprecedented times to ensure we get the required amount of rest, improving our fitness and immune system through the on-going Covid-19 situation.

Finding a consistent sleeping pattern to boost your health and fitness

Whether you are able to work from home, have to look after your children or are self-isolating, there are a number of ways in which you can keep on top of your mental and physical health throughout this period of containment. It may sound simple, but even having yourself a regular sleeping pattern can be a key component of building your fitness. The NHS recommends a sleep of 8 hours is a healthy amount for our bodies to relax and reset during the night, preparing ourselves for the rigours of the following day. But how do we go about ensuring we get in our 8 hours?

Follow these 3 simple steps to optimise your sleep and fuel your fitness.

1. Exercise promotes more efficient sleep

Exercise is one of the quickest wins we can have to get a better night’s sleep. Getting into a regular pattern of exercise can really pay dividends not only for your fitness, mental health and confidence, but it can also enable your body to relax on a night, ensuring you get the required amount of sleep to wake up healthier and in better condition.

Whether you have home gym equipment, the space to store home gym equipment or you are relying on core exercises you can still benefit hugely from training either in the morning or before you go to bed – there is no right or wrong time of day to workout. Exercise supports your ‘body clock’, allowing your body to understand the time of day and the situation better. This will allow your body to realise that it is night time, therefore getting ready to shut down and giving you a better chance of optimising your sleep.

The main objective is to get your hear rate going, improving circulation and blood flow for a healthier body and a healthier you. Having a good sleeping pattern will certainly benefit your fitness.

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2. Pay more attention to what you eat and drink

This may sound like a bit of a given, but it is vitally important nonetheless. As we are embarking on an unusual circumstance of being indoors, away from society and away from our daily routines for a while, nutrition will become a key component to your fitness and sleeping pattern. Lets be honest, we all have a craving for ‘comfort food’ every now and then, and being at home for the majority of the day is a temptation we can all do without.

Instead of going into your cupboard for your favourite packet of crisps, or biscuit, make sure you are training yourself to think about what you are putting into your body. Replenishing yourself with the right fuel is vital for preparing your body for a healthy sleep. Try to avoid heavy or large meals within a couple of hours of when you would usually go to bed. So, if your bedtime is usually at 10pm, you shouldn’t be having a big meal after 8pm, for example.

If you like a hot drink before going to bed, why not substitute your tea of coffee for a Chamomile tea? This helps to boost your immune system, reduce anxiety and depression and improve skin health. In addition, chamomile tea has some unique properties that may improve sleep quality. Fruit and vegetables of course are always encouraged, but the main threat to your sleep would be putting caffeine, sugar and carbohydrates into your body relatively close to when you would like to sleep.

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3. Relax your mind

  • A good sleep can be achieved by keeping your mind relaxed in the evening, especially if you have had a busy day working from home or looking after the kids. Having a warm bath will help your body and mind prepare for sleep, or even participating in light exercises such as yoga can relax your body and mind for sleep.

 

  • Put your mobile phone on ‘do not disturb’ or stop scrolling through your social media accounts once you are in bed. This will keep your mind occupied and distracted, hindering the sleep hormone ‘melatonin’ from being released. Reading a book, however, can help, but it is better to read on your sofa or chair rather than in bed. Keep your bedroom for sleeping in.

 

  • If you have to do a few hours of work on an evening, like catch up on emails or update a spread sheet, then try to give yourself at least an hour of relaxation before going to bed. This will help your mind switch off from work and forget the issues of the day, allowing you to focus on sleeping.
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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.

What is Free Weights Training?

Barbell Weighted Plates
Barbell Weighted Plates

What are free weights?

Across at all 51 of our Xercise4Less gyms, we provide members access to a wide range of free weights equipment that helps everyone, regardless of ability and fitness level, to work on their gym journey with confidence.

Free weights includes a lot of equipment and that’s why we have dedicated free weights gym zones. In these zones, you’ll have access to dumbbells, barbells, kettlebells, weighted plates, medicine balls and also benches. By combining some of these pieces of kit or using them solo, you’ll be able to kickstart your fitness journey. Try something new. Free weights give the opportunity to do exactly that. If you’re not too sure where to start, look at our workout guides or speak to a member of our friendly team.

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Free weights workouts to boost your health and fitness

When working out using free weights, the possibilities are endless. That is the best thing about using free weights – they’re inclusive. Everyone can give it a go. Weights start from 2kg and range all the way up to 75kg, so whether you’re a gym beginner or a weightlifting expert, Xercise4Less Gyms have something to suit you and your fitness journey.

New to the gym? Not so familiar with free weights? No problem. Ease yourself into this training with light dumbbells and barbells. Grab a couple of dumbbells and perform exercises like a shoulder press and bicep curls to boost your upper body strength. To improve your lower body strength, start with simple barbell squats or lunges, once you’ve build your confidence and perfected your form, start increasing the weight slightly and push yourself.

By pushing yourself whilst using free weights, you’ll start to notice results quickly. Weight loss results will increase as you push your heart rate to increase which means that you burn more calories. Muscles will grow and become stronger as you push them to become more defined and prominent. Sometimes our members just want to work on strength and conditioning and free weights assist with this perfectly. Using the gym isn’t always about getting ripped or dropping 5 stone, it’s about staying health, happy and confident. Our free weights help you to do this in a way to suit you.

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Use free weights to suit your fitness journey

Everyone has different goals. Everyone has their own gym routine. Everyone has their own fitness journey. The amazing thing about free weights gym zones at Xercise4Less Gyms is the inclusivity. Navigate the gym best to suit you. We provide members with large exercise spaces, especially in our free weights gym zones meaning that you have the freedom and flexibility to choose how you use the area. Try some chest exercises on the benches or step into our Olympic training platforms and practice your deadlifts, squats and glute bridges for a major full body workout.

We understand that some people like to train solo and others like to have a gym buddy. Whatever your preference, the free weights gym zones at Xercise4Less Gyms is perfect for you. If you are someone who prefers to focus on their gym goals on their own, free weights training can be great for your mental health. Release worries, anxieties and lift your mood by lifting weights. Start to sculpt your physique to look how you’ve always wanted and once you notice the changes in your body that you’ve always wanted, you’ll have your free weights training to thank!

Don’t delay your fitness journey for any longer, maximise the free weights gym zones in Xercise4Less gyms today.

Become an Xercise4Less Gyms member today

There’s something to suit everyone at Xercise4Less Gyms. Whether you’re working on weight loss, muscle gain or just want to steadily increase your health and fitness, we’ve got a wide range of facilities to help you. It doesn’t matter if you’re new to gyms or an experienced gym user, at the People’s Gym, we include everyone.

Choose from quality weighted equipment, cardio machines, our unique boxing and MMA facilities or smaller fitness studios including spin studios. Not forgetting our inclusive Ladies Only zones and our wide range of group exercises classes including the famous Les Mills classes that will help you feel more motivated whilst making friends.

Don’t forget about how great value our gym memberships are! Pay less to smash your fitness goals and become the best version of you in 2020.

Weight Loss Success Story – Amy Mathie

Weight Loss Success - Amy Mathie

Overcoming personal tragedy to succeed

Weight Loss Success - Amy Mathie

Xercise4Less Hull member Amy Mathie has overcome personal trauma and bereavement to successfully accomplish her weight loss success. Less than a decade ago, Amy had spinal decompression surgery as four of her five discs in her back had slipped, leaving her in agony and paralysed in her left foot. This was understandably a difficult period for Amy, and something she struggled to comprehend.

 

“I was in hospital for two weeks and when I eventually left, I was immobile and unable to walk. It was soul destroying and this caused me to become depressed. I started to eat a lot and I gained so much weight and when I went to my first Weightwatchers meeting in June 2012, I weighed nearly 20 stone. This was a wakeup call.”

Finding solace through Xercise4Less Gyms

From this point, Amy was determined to lose weight and get herself going on her fitness journey. Signing up to Xercise4Less Gyms has given Amy the platform and the confidence to boost her health through exercise, especially cardio workouts.

 

“I was always afraid of walking through gym doors and it was something I always avoided, worried about being stared at for being so big.”

 

“But last year, something changed. The crippled girl who hated looking at herself started to see more clearly. I introduced exercise and immediately fell in love. I can’t do all the exercises, but I make sure I give it a damn good go! I started by completing 10-minute treadmill walks and a little bit of rowing to build up to 45-minute walks.”

'Doing it for Dad'

If dealing with severe injuries wasn’t enough for Amy to deal with, her world was rocked again on New Year’s Eve 2018, when she had the heart-breaking news that her beloved father had passed away. After the initial shock, Amy used her late father as motivation to continue her weight loss journey.

 

“I was going on holiday in early 2019 to remember my dad and I had a goal in mind. So when speaking to Alex I started doing PT sessions to help me achieve my goals of getting into a size 12 dress. Alex worked on a programme with me and even got me doing deadlifts to help improve my strength. My best was 75kg, which I couldn’t believe I was lifting.”

Fitness classes to boost confidence and health

As well as performing solo workouts, Amy began to attend fitness classes with her friend and thanks to helpful and friendly staff, the classes were adapted to suit her injuries and making sure she was able to gain the most from the classes and enjoy them in the process.

 

“I joined my first fitness class on a Saturday morning, the PT Alex was funny and friendly. As soon as I explained my injury, he adapted all the exercises for me, allowing me to join in with alternative exercises. This became a way of life and I wanted more. I started doing spin classes and through this I was able to lose 3 stone. I love the buzz and the calorie burn.”

Finding that inner belief

Seeing real fitness results and blasting the calories through exercise really gave Amy the confidence to continue her amazing progression. She started to restore the faith and belief in herself and found the gym a place of solace and fortitude. Having the support of her PT and friends, Amy was smashing her fitness targets on a regular basis.

 

“This crippled girl had finally done it! I was strong and building muscle definition. Alex always believed in my ability and I seriously couldn’t have done it without his help and support. Now, I have a gym buddy who I work out with three days a week and it has become a key part of our lifestyle. I have fallen in love with exercise and the way it makes me feel. I have now lost over 4 stone and I feel amazing – walking into the gym feels like home!”

A revitalised diet to supplement training

In addition to exercise, Amy has also revolutionised her diet and nutrition. She wants to supplement her exercise with a clean diet, and this is clearly paying dividends for her. Hard work and commitment are just as important to your fitness journey as the time spent in the gym.

 

“My nutrition has also changed massively. I have turned to veganism to help with my performance and strength in the gym. Through everything we need to not give up. We need to make ourselves a priority and last year that is exactly what I did!”

 

“Have faith and trust in the process. We will always succeed!”

Incredible success story, Amy! Keep up the good work!

Why Xercise4Less Gyms?

We are proud of our friendly staff and inclusive community in our gyms and welcome people from all backgrounds and experiences to join us. 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.

Our members find everything they need to reach their personal goals in regard to health and fitness from our friendly staff to dedicated Ladies Only gym zone, special Spin studio or group fitness classes including Les Mills workouts and also toning and conditioning.

5 Ways Of Improving Your Health In The Gym

Develop health and fitness at Xercise4Less Gyms

Strengthening Exercises

You simply cannot put a price on your health, and going to the gym is a great way to improve your physical and mental wellbeing as well as developing your immune system. Exercising can be the catalyst for weight loss, fitness, boosting your mental health and building up muscle. Whatever your aims and targets are, you can rely on friendly, inclusive Xercise4Less Gyms to give you what you need to achieve your goals.

We have provided you with 5 top tips for improving your health in the gym.

1. Get your heart pumping with cardio exercise

Boosting your cardiovascular fitness is a crucial element of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, giving yourself a healthy heart and improving circulation, blood flow and your general respiratory condition. The common misconception is that cardio fitness is monotonous and boring, which, if you repeat the same exercises you are bound to fall into that mindset. Step your fitness up with moderate-intensity exercise two or three times per week, spending roughly 30 minutes to ensure you break sweat and get yourself ready for more prolonged exercise as you develop.

As well as preventing boredom, mixing up your exercise can help to prevent overuse injuries, and giving specific muscle groups a break from being continually worked. Instead of just pounding the treadmill, why not try ramp up your fitness on the bike, rowing machine or the cross trainer. At Xercise4Less Gyms we have a dedicated cardio section, allowing you to handpick the workout to suit you, with a wide range of fitness equipment to achieve all your aims and goals in a friendly, inclusive environment.

After completing moderate-intensity exercise for a number of weeks, you will then be gradually feeling fitter and able to take on more strenuous exercise. Step it up with high-intensity training, stimulate different muscles and gain different responses from your heart and blood flow. A great example of high-intensity exercise is a HIIT workout. HIIT training is perfect for maximising your time spent in the gym, meaning you can gain the most from a set period – typically 20 – 30 minutes, but of high intensity training. Primarily designed to boost your cardiovascular fitness, especially improving your VO2 max (your level of fitness through consumption of oxygen).

Cardio equipment - Treadmill

2. Tone your body with resistance workouts

Blasting belly fat can be an uphill struggle but using our incredible range of resistance machines will help with your weight loss goal as well as enabling you to build muscle or enhance toning. Work your full body in our designated resistance zone, mixing up your workouts to create real fitness results as well as giving you a sense of enjoyment in the process.

From a health perspective, resistance training can lead to a healthy heart, improving your balance and strengthening your bones. Resistance training is a physical activity designed to improve muscular fitness by exercising a specific muscle or muscle group against an external resistance. The external resistance can be at your discretion, whether you prefer to use include free-weights or weight machines.

Strength and resistance training also increase your level of endorphins which work to boost energy level and improve your mood. Having a better level of energy and a happier mood will lead to optimal performance, meaning you are more likely to achieve all your fitness goals. This form of training can also encourage you to have a better night’s sleep.

Resistance training - leg press

3. Enhance your mental wellbeing through fun group exercise

It can be inspiring and motivating to have like-minded individuals around you with relatable goals. Exercising in a group can also give you confidence to push yourself to your limit and proving to yourself – as well as others – that you can go to that next level. Group classes are designed to be functional, but also incorporating the fun element of fitness, especially when the team environment is created. At Xercise4Less we encourage all our members to participate in group fitness classes, helping each other to achieve goals as a team.

Group classes also offer a structured setting which is ideal for those who do not want to plan a workout for themselves. This is a stress-free option, especially for new gym goers or anyone who is looking to build their social network or just not comfortable doing a solo workout. Getting involved with gym classes can encourage you to meet new people with similar lifestyles and goals, and you can always go for a coffee and have a post gym de-brief!

Woman in Fitness Class with Barbell

4. Channel your aggression with combat exercise

Need a quick release of aggression? Why not visit your local Xercise4Less Gym and put on the boxing gloves to hammer the punch bags. Boxing is a great way to blast the calories and get you fit in barely any time at all. Boxing also works to improve your co-ordination, balance and agility to keep you light on your feet and is suitable for people of all ages and fitness. Give it a go!

Punchbag Workout Guide - Hits

5. Structure your fitness with a routine

Building a fitness plan or routine can be quite problematic. You have a whole host of ideas and targets that you want to achieve, and no idea how to do it. We’ve all been there. Thankfully for you, your Xercise4Less gym membership allows you to train in a range of different zones, whether it be cardio, resistance or combat. There will always be a piece of fitness equipment available for you to build your workout. The best advice would be to start of slow, and work to a plan that gives you a little bit of a sweat but not overdoing it.

Once you feel more comfortable and confident in the gym and in your body, you can start to progress your fitness and take it to the next level. Try doing more intense versions of what you have been previously doing or lift heavier weights than you could manage before. Putting together a simple but effective workout can be all the difference from achieving your targets and not doing the correct exercises.

In the long run, having a more structured workout will lead to maximum efficiency. Once you have found your rhythm, you will see the benefits both physically and mentally as everything begins to fall into place.

Why Xercise4Less Gyms?

We are proud of our friendly staff and inclusive community in our gyms and welcome people from all backgrounds and experiences to join us. 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.

Our members find everything they need to reach their personal goals in regard to health and fitness from our friendly staff to dedicated Ladies Only gym zone, special Spin studio or group fitness classes including Les Mills workouts and also toning and conditioning.

Boost Your Fitness This Spring

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Get leaner, stronger and fitter at Xercise4Less Gyms

Use the opportunity of a new season and the lighter mornings and nights to push you closer to achieving your fitness goals. Also feel motivated by our latestpromotion to become a member at Xercise4Less Gyms. Pay only a fiver for your first month with £0 joining fee. Drop our latest promo code ‘5GYM’ into the checkout today to redeem.

Regardless of fitness aims, Xercise4Less Gyms have the equipment, facilities, group exercises classes and the supportive staff to help you achieve everything you want. Run towards your weight loss on our treadmills, build up muscles in the free weights zone and blitz your body fat in our motivating and fast-paced fitness classes.

Maximise our facilities to support your fitness journey and to push your gym workout routine to the next level.

Strengthening Exercises

Pay less this Spring

Now that we’re waving goodbye to the cold and dark winter nights, Spring will hopefully bring a bit more motivation and energy which will allow you to really focus on your health and wellbeing.

At Xercise4Less Gyms, we’re using the opportunity of the new season to offer all our new members an offer that they can’t resist. Become an Xercise4Less member and pay less. You’ll only pay £5 for your first month with £0 joining fee meaning you’ll save money this March and can start working towards your fitness goals instantly.

We offer members the choice of countless cardio machines, a free weights gym zone, several resistance machines and our unique combat zone including a full-size boxing ring and MMA ring. You’ll also have access to our facilities including spin studio, fitness studio and exclusive Ladies Only zones that allow our female members to work out in a smaller and more comfortable space.

Xercise4Less also deliver fun and functional group exercise classes if you’d prefer to workout with others and be motivated to smash your fitness goals by our expert instructors. Meet like-minded people with similar goals and build your social network as well as making great steps on your fitness journey.

Join Xercise4Less Gyms today

What are you waiting for? Become a member at Xercise4Less today. Pay only £5 for your first month. With no hidden fees, you’ve got no excuse to not kickstart your fitness. 

Join online today. You won’t regret it!

Fitness Is For Life: Cristian Dode | Diabetes And Fatherhood

Kickstarting my fitness journey

Xercise4Less Hounslow member Cristian Dode had all the reason in the world to improve his fitness. After recently becoming a father, Cristian decided it was time to kickstart his fitness journey and with the help of Xercise4Less Gyms, he has been able get on the road to a healthier life.

Cristian also suffers from diabetes and constantly has to monitor his sugar levels. Having a better level of fitness and a more active lifestyle will help Cristian to achieve these goals and be able to combat diabetes.

'I feel slim for my height'

Whilst weight loss is a primary target for a lot of gym goers, Cristian wants to gain weight as he feels he is slim for his height.

“I want to gain weight as I’m too skinny for my height. I want to do this in a healthy way and be able to balance my sugar levels.”

Finding solace at Xercise4Less Gyms

Attending the gym up to four times a week, Cristian performs a range of activities to help develop his fitness and give him the best possible opportunity to reach his goals and targets.

“I enjoy working out with all sorts of equipment. The main ones I use are; kettlebells, dumbbells, the bike and the cable machine. I like to lift free weights and do my cardio to keep it balanced.”

Aside from making the most of our dedicated training zones, Cristian also participates in some of our fun, functional fitness classes.

“Classes I like to attend are health and wellbeing, high energy and toning and conditioning.”

Setting realistic targets

Every fitness journey takes time, and Cristian is certainly no different. He is aware that to be in the best physical condition he needs to keep up the good work and remain dedicated. He has set himself a target and made a plan of how often he intends to use the gym.

“I think it will take between 9 and 12 months to achieve my target. I currently visit the gym four times a week and I spend around an hour for each session. In addition, I will try my best to eat more healthily and avoid certain foods to complement and optimise my training.”

“The biggest challenge will be if I can keep my motivation going as well as having the time to keep going to the gym.”

Keep up the good work, Cristian! Get those gains!