Gentle Fitness: accessible strength training for everyone

UPDATE: Gentle Fitness is not currently running! It may make a reappearance in the future though so watch this space 🙂

I’m very excited to announce that Gentle Fitness will be running again from September 26th 2018! Our new venue will be in the beautiful studio at Swansea Wellbeing Centre on Walter Road. Gentle Fitness will now be at 5:45pm on Wednesdays, with a suggested donation of £4 to cover the costs of running the class.

Due to a lot of advance interest, I have added a booking form here!

What is Gentle Fitness?

Many people are aware that introducing more exercise to their life would benefit their mental and physical health. However, it can be very difficult knowing where to start, particularly if you have injuries or health conditions which affect what you can do. For some of us knowing what to do and how much to do it is the biggest barrier.

At Gentle Fitness we will be learning simple strength exercises which can be easily altered to suit your body and your level of fitness. The class will be friendly and non-intimidating – no loud music or shouting instructors! Equipment will be kept to a minimum so that you can easily repeat the exercises at home.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. I’m really unfit. Will it be too difficult for me?

Every exercise at Gentle Fitness can be altered to work for you. If at any point you need to stop because something is too challenging, I openly encourage you to rest and recover. Exercise is about finding your limit and working to that – if you find it, that’s perfect! We know that you’re working to the best of your abilities, and that’s what fitness is all about.

2. I’ve never exercised before. How will I know what to do?

That’s perfect! Gentle Fitness is a great place to learn! Every exercise will be amply demonstrated, and I’ll be right by your side helping to make sure that you perform it correctly. We’ll be working at a gentle pace in a small group, allowing lots of time for checking in with everyone.

3. I don’t like getting hot, sweaty and breathless. Will Gentle Fitness be suitable for me?

Many people share a dislike of getting hot, sweaty or out of breath. At Gentle Fitness I encourage you to do what you can within your own comfort levels. By nature, strength training is also less likely to make you very hot, sweaty or out of breath. If at any point you’re uncomfortable, you will be encouraged to stop and rest.

4. What is strength training? And why would I want to do it?

Strength training is any kind of exercise geared towards increasing the strength of your muscles. Strong muscles have many positive health benefits including increased bone density, better support of the joints and better metabolic health. Strength training can help with weight management which is beneficial for managing conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

In addition to the physical benefits, strength training can really contribute to mental wellbeing. Setting yourself challenges, working steadily toward them and then seeing yourself progress helps a lot when dealing with the low self esteem which often accompanies depression, anxiety and other mood disorders.

5. What should I wear? Do I need to bring anything?

You should wear comfortable clothing that you can move about it. No special gear is required! We usually work in bare feet or socks, so don’t worry if you don’t have trainers. You don’t need to bring any equipment other than a drink in a bottle.

6. I’m still not sure if Gentle Fitness is for me…

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I want Gentle Fitness to be as welcoming as possible and would love to hear from you! Most importantly, if you think that it might be for you, come along and give it a try!

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