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TRX has been used with severely deconditioned people at Fasreham

compromised ranges of movement, be- ing able to access the stations with ease. We currently have five new wheelchair users on the GP scheme using Kinesis.” Staff need to be at least Level 3 on

the REPs register for the Halo GP referral scheme, and trained in fall prevention.

WORKING WITH THE SEVERELY DECONDITIONED TRX has been successfully used at Fareham Leisure Centre – operated by Everyone Active – to bring overweight and obese patients into exercise via a GP referral scheme. TRX allows progression of simple

movements over the 10-week pro- gramme, starting with exercises such as assisted squats and chest presses. “The kit is easy to use and easy to under- stand, so it’s well suited to people who haven’t exercised for a long time,” says Cathie Bolwell, exercise referral man- ager at the centre. “Not only that, but deconditioned people often feel self- conscious when they’re new to the gym – the functional zone allows them to build confidence in a quieter space.” The programme, which has been run-

ning since January 2008, sees a healthy conversion rate of participants to mem- bers: 67 per cent complete the 10-week programme and the centre has 160 members who joined after their GP re- ferral scheme. In 2011/12, 14 per cent of referrals became members. One of those members, Ted Azulay,

has cut down his insulin and blood pres- sure medication as a result of exercise. Among the functional training exercises he did as part of his programme were assisted single squats to increase core engagement, balance work, and whole body movements – such as a woodchop – to awaken core muscles. The chest press was also used, as a simple move that’s easy to progress as strength and fitness improves. “Eighteen months ago I weighed 18.5

stone and had a 48-inch waist,” says Azulay. “Now I’m 13.5 stone and my waist is 36 inches. I started slowly, do- ing exercise referral classes, but now do many different classes.” All staff working on the GP referral

scheme are Level 3 qualified and have completed TRX training.


WORKING WITH THE ELDERLY Through its GP referral scheme, North Country Leisure in Penrith is targeting elderly people with psychological and physical illnesses. Life Fitness’ functional training rig,

the SYNRGY360s, is central to the pro- gramme, as it combines total body dynamic exercises that can be modified to the user’s ability. A large percentage of these exercises are also relevant to everyday life, and the instructor adapts exercises to stay within each client’s rec- ommended exercise range. SYNRGY360s’ step platform can be

adjusted in height for step-up exer- cises to develop strength and elevate the heart rate, while the rebounder al- lows people to do a range of exercises, including simple throw-and-catch activi- ties to develop the core – ideal for those who need a low-level option. The TRX and resistance bands, mean-

while, allow for simple bodyweight exercises, with the individual able to ad- just the resistance to a suitable level. The GP referral programmes at North

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Country Leisure use SYNRGY360s in con- junction with other gym kit. “The SYNRGY360s allows us to offer

customers a range of alternative exer- cises which are functional, and which help us keep the individual’s programme interesting and challenging,” says club manager Tim Bestford. The programme has seen good re-

sults, with some patients able to reduce medication and improve their ability to perform day-to-day tasks. Some have even been able to leave the scheme and join as regular members. Plans are now underway to devise

programmes for children and young people, which will also use the SYN- RGY360s. All of the team working on the programme are qualified to at least REPs Level 3 and were specifically trained for the SYNRGY360s by Life Fitness Academy master trainers. The team is also trained in GP referral and cardiac rehabilitation. ● Reporting from Health Club Management magazine. Sign up for digital editions:

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