Optimising Your Sleep: Improve Physical And Mental Health

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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.

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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.

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What is Free Weights Training?

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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.

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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.

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Weight Loss Success Story – Amy Mathie

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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.”

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'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!”

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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!

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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.

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5 Ways Of Improving Your Health In The Gym

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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).

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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.

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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!

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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!

If you are used to training with a gym buddy, get yourselves in the boxing ring and put on a pair of pads and do some sparring with each other. If boxing is not quite your thing, or you want to try something completely different, we also boast a Mixed Martial Arts cage for you to do battle in.

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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.

If you arrive at the gym and are still unsure, then do not hesitate to ask a member of our friendly staff who will be more than happy to help. Additionally, the inclusive environment we have created enables members to talk and assist each other. You might need to work on your technique or have some support when lifting, don’t be afraid to ask a fellow member for help.

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.

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How Going To The Gym Can Boost Your Immune System

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We all pick up a pesky cough, a runny nose or get the common cold from time to time. But how can we help ourselves become more immune through fitness?

Performing gentle exercise when feeling a few degrees under the weather can help to fight off that nasty bacteria, blasting out our lungs and airways with some cardio or resistance work to build up a sweat.

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The health benefits of exercise

Exercise and working out can provide a range of health benefits to help boost your fitness and even contribute to a better immune system in the process. This will provide your body with more resistance against infections. Simple exercises such as a 20-30-minute walk, going to the gym or even a bike ride can reduce the number of colds you get in a year.

Pop down to your local Xercise4Less gym and get your heart pumping through physical activity, increasing your heart rate to try and flush out the bacteria from your lungs and airways. This, in turn, may reduce your chance of getting a cold, flu or other illness. Exercising causes change in antibodies and white blood cells. Your white blood cells are the body’s immune system cells which work tirelessly to fight disease. When exercising, these move more rapidly so they could detect illnesses far sooner than they might have before.

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Slow and steady wins the race

Furthermore, exercise slows down the release of stress hormones, and therefore, lessening the impact of stress on your health.  It is important to remember that while exercise is good for you, make sure you don’t overdo it when you are feeling below par. Heavy or intense exercise when showing symptoms of a cold or flu would not be advised, but a short, pulse raising workout could be extremely beneficial. Working out too hard can make you feel worse and slow down your recovery, so just be mindful with your level of exertion.

Train in our dedicated cardio or resistance zone to boost your fitness, with a range of fitness equipment to enhance your immune system.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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. 

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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!

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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!

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Hip Abductor Workout Guide

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Hip Abduction Machine

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Following regular leg workouts and bum workouts will help you to build up a great deal of strength and muscle in your lower body which will benefit your other gym sessions and general life too.

If you want increase muscle mass in specific areas such as your glutes, make the most of the hip abductor machine in the resistance machine zone in your Xercise4Less gym. Some of our Ladies Only zones also have a hip abductor meaning that you can work on your lower body strength and start introducing weight training to your workout routine in a comfortable and inclusive space.  

Hip Abductor Machine

How to use the hip abductor effectively to grow your glutes

To make the most of the hip abductor at Xercise4Less Gyms, follow the workout guide to make sure that you’re hitting the right muscles and reaching your full potential in the gym. Firstly, what are you using the hip abductor for? It helps to strengthen and grow the gluteal muscles which are made up of 3 separate muscle groups. By building up stronger and bigger muscles, they will appear more prominent and toned.

When using the hip abductor, start by taking a seat and moving the footrests to a comfortable position. Your workout will be better if you’re starting with your knees together because you get a full range of motion. Once you’re comfortable, position your feet flat on the footrests. Now move the pin into your desired weight. To perform one rep, push your legs outwards as far as they go. Hold this position for a second and then return to your starting position. Repeat this process for 10 reps and 3 sets.

To use this machine to really target your glutes, push out far enough to feel it in your outer glutes and hips. This is what will help your lower body muscles really grow and increase the strength. Try to increase the weight whilst performing these sets just to push yourself and help you to get that little bit stronger. Form is always important when using weighted equipment in the gym. Start with a lower weight to perfect your form and then once you’ve built up more confidence, start to add more weight. Let’s build that peach!

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The benefits of strong glutes

Having a strong lower body and strong glutes has lots of benefits. If your bum and legs are one of your problem areas, working on these muscles and toning these parts of your body will improve your body confidence which is really important for your mental health. Not forgetting how strong glutes will help you navigate daily life with more confidence and strength especially with tasks like heavy lifting at work.

This will mean that you’re able to perform more advanced exercises like barbell squats and lunges with ease as you’ve already built up strong enough muscles using the hip abductor machine in the resistance machines gym zone. If one of your main fitness goals is to build muscle, use the hip abductor during your leg workouts to help you increase strength and build up more confidence to start using the free weight gym zones more at Xercise4Less.

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What are you waiting for? We have 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 to smash your fitness goals.

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Diverging Lat Pulldown Workout Guide

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Diverging Lat Pulldown

Increase muscle definition on your back

Start building up muscles in your back and increase your upper body strength using the diverging lat pulldown at Xercise4Less Gyms. Improve your strength, muscle mass and general fitness and stamina using this machine in the resistance machine gym zones.

To elevate your back workout or take your full body workout to a new level, maximise this piece of equipment and start reaping the benefits! This machine was designed to help you target your latissimus dorsi (lats) which are the biggest muscle in your back. With toned and defined lats, your back will look much more muscular and stronger.

Using the diverging lat pulldown

Resistance machine zones at Xercise4Less have something for everyone and helps people target individual muscles and potential problem areas. The diverging lat pulldown will help every member work on their back muscles and strength regardless of their strength and amount of weight training experience.

Before using the lat pulldown, sit down and adjust the leg rest so that it is resting just above your thighs. The pads shouldn’t be squashing your legs but there shouldn’t be a huge gap as this will make the weight lift more difficult. Once you’re comfortable, sit down and choose the weight you want to lift by moving the pin. Now you’re ready to lift!

Stand to reach the diverging lat pulldown handles and return to your seat. Pull the handles down so that your elbows are close to your waist, hold for a second and stretch your arms until they are straight. Repeat this 10 times and then rest for a couple of minutes. Repeat this for 3 sets. Try to increase the weight as you go to start building up strength and muscle. Once finished, return the diverging lat pulldown to the original motion and stand up.

To start seeing results in your lats, repeat exercises like this regularly during your back workout. Once you feel confident, start to use different machines such as the lat pulldown or assisted pull-up machine to build strength. You’ll then be able to perform exercises like deadlifts and bent over rows with more confidence.

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Get stronger, get bigger and get fitter

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

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

It’s really important to get your form right though. This not only prevents injury but maximises your workouts because your body is working to its full potential. If you ever start to feel pain whilst using the diverging lat pulldown, it’s likely that your form isn’t right so try to perfect this and then you’ll smash it.

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Become an Xercise4Less member today and start smashing your fitness goals! Take those all-important steps on your gym journey by becoming part of our inclusive community. Benefit from quality gym facilities like our Ladies Only Gym Zone, spacious Spin Studio or Combat Zone with full-sized boxing ring or attend one of our classes including the famous Les Mills sessions – either way, completely transform your workout programme.

Whether you’ve never stepped into the gym before or you’re an experienced gym user, join Xercise4Less Gyms today and start transforming your physical and mental health.

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Benefits of Combat Training in the Gym

MMA Cage Workout
MMA Cage Workout

Get stronger and fitter in the combat zone

We provide all members with access to our great quality combat facilities so that regardless of ability and fitness level, have a go and work on improving your fitness and general health.

Our full-size boxing ring will rival any boxing gym and the Mixed Martial Arts cage presents a unique opportunity to strengthen your body. Training in the combat gym zone will not only help you to strengthen muscles but also help you to lose weight and burn body fat.

Work on weight loss and fat burn

Wanting to lose weight fast? Try a workout using the combat gym zones at Xercise4Less gyms. By including boxing and Mixed Martial Arts into your workout programme, you’ll be taking on a serious fitness challenge and push your heart rate to its peak meaning that you’ll burn a large amount of calories in a short period of time. Burning excess calories will help you to lose weight quick and leave you feeling a lot more body confident.

It doesn’t matter if you have no combat-style training, we encourage all of our members to give it a go and try something new. Using the boxing equipment is a real physical challenge but definitely one that you won’t regret because after your workout you’ll feel happier, much more energised and relaxed.

Combat training is an intense full body workout that will improve your strength. Sparring in the ring will use muscles in your arms, legs and core. Boxing bag workouts can be as challenging as you like but are guaranteed to work multiple muscle groups at one time. Try a couple of punches and then some short sprints, or even 10 punches and 10 burpees, and just repeating this process. This mixture of cardio and strength training will you lose weight and burn excess body fat in shorter period of time.

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Improve your mental health strength

Another amazing benefit of combat workout such as using the punching bags or having a spar in the MMA cage is that it will do wonders for your mental health. Think about your really bad days, when you’re stressed and feel stretched and overworked. Imagine that you were able to let all of this out on the boxing bags or by shadowing boxing in the ring.

Everyone should be working on their mental health regardless of their physical ability. This is where the combat gym zones step in. They provide you with enough space to workout for however long you like to become mentally stronger. By releasing your stresses from a long day at work on the combat gym zones in our gyms, you’ll feel happier and much more relaxed in every day life which is something that we all need a bit more of.

Not forgetting about endorphins. Endorphins are what your body produce during exercise so that once you finish your workout you’re left feeling much more relaxed and happy. You may initially find the combat zone intimidating but when you think about the after effect, it’s worth giving it a go!

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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. 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.

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