Iveridge Health Club in Rothwell has launched “Iveridge at Home” online, to help improve the physical and mental health of people in the local community and around the world.
At last count, nearly 10,000 people had signed up to participate in the fitness fun – mostly from Rothwell and surrounding areas, but some from as far away as Australia, America and Denmark.
The idea was devised by gym owner Richard Hill, who decided to go virtual after the club was forced to shut down during the coronavirus lockdown.
He said: “We have decided not to charge people for this and to make it available not only to health club members but to the whole community.
“It’s my passion – making people active. All I want is for people to really experience what it is like to feel healthy. For me, making 10,000 families active has been everything. simply amazing.
“It’s going really well and we’ve had incredible feedback.”
The weekly schedule is published on the club website website and his The “Iveridge at home” Facebook page, where his lessons are broadcast live. Classes can also be viewed later as videos both on Facebook and some on the club’s YouTube channel.
Classes cover a range of exercises including Zumba, Cardio Fighting, Fat Burning Cardio as well as Moms and Toddlers and a mini disco for babies.
A donation page is also on the Facebook group for people to donate funds to the teachers who run the classes.
Richard said: “We hope to support independent instructors who have lost their income. [due to the lockdown]. So we help them a little. “
The club also launched a 21-day fitness challenge, encouraging people to sign up and commit to exercise – whether it’s with a class or just a walk or run around the neighborhood – during 21 consecutive days. The last day to register for the challenge is May 10.
Richard said: “It makes people healthy and helps them become stronger mentally and physically. Exercise is great for people’s mental health and we can get people involved every day and give them something to look forward to. . “
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