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HEALTH & FITNESS Second UK club for Speedfl ex

The UK’s second Speedflex centre opened in London at the end of September, fol- lowing on from the success of the fi rst site in Jesmond, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. T e Speedfl ex concept taps

into the growing trend for high intensity group training and exercise. Forty-fi ve min- ute group circuit classes are led by a personal trainer and incorporate seven Speedfl ex units. T e Speedfl ex machines automatically respond to the user’s force to create appropri- ate resistance levels, enabling users of all ages and abilities to work out together at their own pace, while exercising multiple muscle groups. Equipped with a heart monitor, users can

view their progress on screens, encouraging users to reach an intensity zone to work at maximum capacity. All users are given a health screening prior to exercise and are monitored by Speedfl ex physiologists. Speedfl ex was developed in the US, in 2009,

by former professional baseball player Darren Holmes, in partnership with orthopaedic sur- geon Dr Jim Silliman and mechanical engineer Joe Worley. Speedfl ex Europe was formed in

Speedfl ex operates by licences, with start up costs of £250,000

2011 by businessman Graham Wylie, former Newcastle United and England football captain Alan Shearer; former Newcastle midfi elder, Rob Lee and Newcastle’s club physiother- apist Paul Ferris. All centres are operated by licences, with start up costs priced at around £250,000. Co-owner of the Jesmond club Cath

Jenkins, says membership feedback has been very positive: “We could see the huge busi- ness potential, especially with the growing interest in HIT training and hope to open additional centres in the area in the future.” Details:

Exercise could help to reduce depression

Exercise could help to reduce mod- erate symptoms of depression, according to a review published in T e Cochrane Library. T e updated systematic review,

which was conducted by UK researchers, analysed the Cochrane Depression, Anxiety and Neurosis Review Group’s Controlled Trials Register (CCDANCTR), which includes randomised controlled trials from various databases. Scientists analysed 35 trials

involving 1,356 participants who were diagnosed with depression. T e study then followed patients who under- went exercise as suggested by the American College of Sports Medicine. T ey found that exercise showed moderate

benefi ts regarding the alleviation of depres- sive symptoms, with exercise proving just as eff ective as psychological therapy or taking antidepressants. However, the researchers stated that they do

not currently know how much exercise would be benefi cial to reduce symptoms, while also saying that their fi ndings were based only on

© CYBERTREK 2013 Scientists analysed 1,356 participants diagnosed with depression

a small number of low-quality trials. “Exercise is moderately more eff ective than

a control intervention for reducing symptoms of depression, but analysis of methodologi- cally robust trials only shows a smaller eff ect in favour of exercise,” said the authors of the depression study. “When compared with psychological or

pharmacological therapies, exercise appears to be no more effective, though this con- clusion is based on a few small trials.” Details:

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