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The Aerofloor programme provides


a platform for children to perform a range of functional movements, reduc- ing impact on their joints while at the same time increasing the cardiovascu- lar response: the reduced impact, even when bouncing as on a trampoline, means they can keep going for longer. Results from the pilot study have


shown that children following a struc- tured programme improve and maintain their core stability and balance, bi- lateral integration skills and stamina. Improvements have also been noted in concentration, body control, propriocep- tion and reading and writing. A nationally recognised award (NCFE,


REPS, Active IQ) has been designed to train staff on the science and use of the programme. “We have been in contact with and consulted operators which cur- rently run programmes for children and young adults,” says SAQ International’s managing director Alan Pearson. “The Aerofloor has a natural fit within these types of programmes and has the abil- ity to add fun, excitement and increase membership and engagement.”


LIMITED MOBILITY Hereford Leisure Pool, part of Halo Lei- sure Trust, is using Technogym’s Kinesis Stations as a key element in its Lifestyle Improvements for Today programme (LIFT), which is part of Herefordshire’s long-running exercise referral scheme. The centre has found that Kinesis Sta-


tions have improved the accessibility of the gym – thanks to the machines’ ease of control and the fact that movements


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are not fixed – meaning it can now of- fer targeted exercise programmes for special population groups, including wheelchair users. “Many people believe strength train-


ing is the domain of big, beefy men,” says manager Simon Gwynne. “We wanted a solution to demonstrate how strength exercise gives great results to those new to exercise: older clients and people who have been referred by their GP to increase physical activity.” Popular exercises on the Kinesis Sta-


tions include the core rotation, as this is good for those with restricted move- ment, with both the range and the speed of the exercise able to be steadily increased. The low row, meanwhile, im- proves posture and arm strength, with clients able to start with low weights.


Kinesis Stations: Suitable for everyone, from the very fit to wheelchair users


Natural movements that mirror the


activities of daily life are important, and the Kinesis Stations Step/Squat station can be used to replicate movements such as lifting shopping bags and walk- ing up steps. To begin with, it can be used without the cable – which adds resistance – with users also able to hold the support arm if required. As a pro- gression, resistance can be introduced bit by bit in low intervals. “Many customers come from other


Halo sites to use Kinesis,” says Gwynne. “I think the biggest rewards we are seeing are the customers with walking aids, and OAPs with limited abilities and


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