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Fitness classes for homeless people opens to public after charity founder bounces back from covid-19

Street Fit Scotland founder Michelle Reilly putting classes through their paces at the Meadows
Street Fit Scotland founder Michelle Reilly putting classes through their paces at the Meadows

Michelle Reilly, who set up Street Fit Scotland while working in a hostel in 2014, was floored by covid-19 then pleurisy for a month just after lockdown in March. The 37-year-old feared her health and fitness programme would go to the wall.But instead the charity, which runs free outdoor boot camps for rough sleepers and those living in bed-and-breakfast accommodation, is ramping up its programme and launching a new running group – open to anyone in the Capital.Ms Reilly, who shared the stage with Dame Kelly Homes MBE at a wellbeing festival this year as the athlete talked about her battles with depression, has now been awarded £40,000 by NHS and ECC for two years.Over forty people are put through their paces every week at outdoor boot camps and online sessions led by Michelle and a range of coaches. The cash will mean SFS can support more people, including those recovering from addictions.Ms Reilly, who experienced homelessness as a teenager, was terrified when she struggled to get out of bed after getting the virus and a severe chest infection. But when she found out that two people in her group had attempted suicide during lockdown, she pushed herself to get back on her feet.She said: “I was so scared about what could happen to everyone if I wasn’t there. Lockdown was hard for the group. I had my phone on 24/7 on high suicide alert. If you’re stuck in a B&B it’s not always a positive place, we help get them out. We can’t just leave people to rot. Some people in hostels or temp accommodation are terrified, it can be chaotic.””People in the group have problems but Street Fit gives them access to something fun that they can do at their own pace and they don’t feel judged. They can come in feeling rubbish and leave buzzing,”The 37-year-old lost her younger brother and cousin to suicide and addiction. She said it hit her after lockdown that physical activity and the peer-led, group support was going to be even more vital in covid-19 times, especially for those already struggling with their mental health.”Two of the group tried to take their life during lockdown. It’s heart-breaking. My cousin was always in crisis and never had consistent support. That was one of the catalysts for me, to recognise there is not enough support for mental health.””Some of the group really struggled and some still are. They will feel like that again. I think we are going to see a big wave of mental health problems. What we are doing with outdoor boot camps, the online sessions and the new walking groups gives them a coping strategy. I can see it helping to build their resilience. Behaviour does change over time, given a chance. They are helping each other through hard times.”Members now get access to phone counselling and the charity has delivered tablets for everyone to make sure

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Senators urge Pentagon to suspend implementation of Army’s new fitness test

“We have considerable concerns regarding the negative impact [the test] may already be having on so many careers,” they said in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Post. “It is imperative that we pause implementation until all questions and concerns are answered. Soldiers’ careers depend on it and the continued lethality of our force requires it.”

The senators asked the committee leaders to ensure a measure that would suspend rollout of the test until an independent study can be conducted is included in the final version of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, an annual defense bill. The provision appeared in the Senate-passed version of the bill, but not in the House version.

Lawmakers are expected to convene to reconcile the two versions of the bill after the Nov. 3 presidential election.

The test has become a charged issue within the Army as it pits the service’s effort to establish gender-blind standards and improve soldier readiness against fears it could pose an additional challenge to retaining skilled troops and compound obstacles faced by underrepresented populations within the force. Critics say it could have a disproportionate impact on women, who make up 15 percent of the Army but occupy few leadership positions.

Army data shows that, 18 months after small cohorts of soldiers started taking the test on a provisional basis, women continue to fail at dramatically higher rates than men. In the second quarter of 2020, 54 percent of women failed the test, compared to 7 percent of men.

The stark gender gap comes as Pentagon leaders express an urgent desire to rectify the military’s legacy of racial and gender inequity, issues that have long dogged the force but were given new prominence when race-related unrest gripped the nation this summer.

The test consists of six events, including a dead lift, weighted ball throw and, most problematically for women who have taken it to date, a “leg tuck,” which requires soldiers to lift themselves up from a pullup bar using their arm, core and leg muscles.

The test has different requirements for different career fields, but critics say that even the least demanding standards could remain out of reach for some. They also say consistently lower scores for female soldiers, who are typically lighter than men and thus must lift weights that are heavier relative to their body weight, could hold women back.

While Army leaders have said the test won’t impact evaluations until as early as 2022, it is expected to eventually affect enlisted personnel’s promotion potential and officers’ careers.

Army officials say the test is a product of years of research and is designed to better prepare troops for conditions they would encounter in combat. It places a higher emphasis on muscular strength than the previous Army fitness test, which was adjusted for age and gender and included pushups, pullups and a two-mile run.

Officials have also said troops can do an alternate to the leg tuck, a two-minute plank, while the test

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Glen Cove Fitness In The Village Program Offers Free Classes

GLEN COVE, NY – Glen Cove residents can now take advantage of free fitness classes with the new Fitness in the Village Square program.

The Glen Cove Downtown Business Improvement District launched the first class on Saturday with a yoga class by Glen Cove Yoga, which was free for residents.

The Fitness in Village Square program was initiated by Patrricia Holman, Executive Director of the Glen Cove Downtown BID. The Downtown area is home to several fitness businesses, including Glen Cove Yoga, Glen Cove Fitness, Garcia Muay Thai and Soca Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

“This event was created to give these businesses the opportunity to highlight their speciality while keeping Glen Cove fit,” Holman said in a prepared statement. “We are so happy that we are able to offer these free workout classes to our community and we will keep the classes going until the weather gets too cold to have them.”

Other free classes will include Glen Cove Fitness’ MX4 interval training class, a kick boxing class by Master Garcia of Garcia Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu training by Soca Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

October 17 th @ 10 a.m. Glen Cove Fitness

October 22 @ 6 p.m. Glen Cove Fitness
October 24 th @10 a.m. Garcia Muay Thai
October 29 th @ 6 p.m. Glen Cove Yoga
October 31 st @ 10 a.m. Soca Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
November 5 th @ 6 p.m. Soca Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

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Fitness Australia calls on Daniel Andrews to reopen Victorian gyms

A top chief executive in Victoria’s fitness industry is demanding the government reopen the struggling sector, claiming current restrictions preventing gyms opening their doors are “based on ignorance”.

In an open letter to the state Premier Daniel Andrews, Fitness Australia chief executive Barrie Elvish called for an end to “archaic” restrictions and implored that gyms were able to enforce COVID-safe strategies.

“This consistent ‘anti-gym’ messaging leads me to conclude it can only be based on ignorance or a deliberate strategy to use the sector as some form of litmus test for ‘proving’ an ongoing extension of draconian lockdown restrictions are justified,” Mr Elvish wrote.

“You have once again persisted in maintaining gyms are unsafe and cannot be made safe. This is despite evidence to the contrary in every other Australian state where the sector is safely operating with a range of COVID-safe protocols.

“But Premier, how would you, or your department, know? To date the Victorian government’s engagement with the fitness sector has been the worst in Australia.

“Your recent comments also ignore the most recent data that indicates the hospitality sector has more than five times the number of transmissions as the fitness sector.”

Gyms were not among the list of industries, announced on Sunday, where restrictions would be eased.

When questioned about when they could reopen, Mr Andrews maintained they were “high-risk environments”.

“That’s not my opinion, that’s not a matter that I’ve come up with, that’s the international evidence,” he said.

“We’ve gone further in relation to outdoor (exercise), but it is a very challenging environment, and it’s one of those things where no one’s taking any joy out of that.”

He said gyms were “unsafe” by nature and work was under way to determine when they could reopen.

“There’ll be a time when they can, and we’re looking at that closely, but I can’t just give them the news they want now because it wouldn’t be safe to do that,” he said.

But Mr Elvish contended all gyms interstate were operating safely and effectively with COVID-safe protocols in place.

“With 1500 facilities employing 40,000 Victorians and supporting 900,000 members, it is safe to say gyms are commercial enterprises,” he wrote.

“Unlike the hospitality sector, gyms have had hygiene protocols in place for 10 years; not months

“In some states COVID-safe protocols include a dedicated staff member not just ensuring social distancing but also cleaning.

“Our specific proposals for Victoria made allowance for the provision of temperature checks on entry, masks and gloves for members.”

Mr Elvish then pleaded with the Premier to review a specific COVID-safe plan fitness sector executives submitted to the deputy chief health officer on September 25.

As of Tuesday, Melbourne’s 14-day rolling virus average had fallen to 6.4.

Regional Victoria has a daily case average of just 0.4.

The Premier has this week hinted at more significant announcements to easing of restrictions this weekend if infections remain low.

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Caliber Raises $2.2M for its Fully Remote and Personalized Fitness Coaching Platform

It’s been easy to gain the Covid-15 during the lockdown, and now that things are slowly opening back up, people are looking for new ways to shed the extra pounds that may have accumulated. Caliber is the fitness coaching platform that offers strength training, nutrition guidance, and a personal fitness coach that’s accessible via text and video messaging to keep you on track.  By pairing Caliber members with fitness experts, Caliber solves the biggest hurdle in getting into and staying in shape – accountability. Members can choose to pay monthly or through a 3 to 6-month subscription and coaches on the platform can supplement their income that comes from training in person.

AlleyWatch caught up with Cofounder and CEO Jared Cluff to learn more about the genesis for the business, how the public’s perception of working out outside of the gym completely flipped, and the company’s recent funding round.

Who were your investors and how much did you raise?

We raised $2.2M for our Seed round.  The round was led by Patricia Nakache at Trinity Ventures based in the Bay Area, with participation from Gaingels, based here in New York.

Tell us about the product or service that Caliber offers.

Caliber is the future of fitness coaching.  We are a comprehensive, fully remote fitness coaching platform that combines a strength-based training methodology with expert human coaching to help our members achieve their fitness goals regardless of their age, experience level, or access to equipment.

Coaching takes place via the Caliber app, where our members can access their personalized training and nutrition plan, interact 1-on-1 with their coach via text and video messaging, complete their workouts and record their body stats, develop healthy habits through weekly Caliber Lessons, and monitor their progress via their Caliber Strength Metrics.

What inspired the start of Caliber?

It’s bizarre, my cofounders and I all share the same story of walking into a gym for the first time as scrawny teenagers, witnessing a bunch of red-faced, grunting dudes stomping around and glaring at each other… and immediately hightailing it out of there.

Yet despite that formative and slightly terrifying first encounter with the gym, we’ve all grown to incorporate fitness – and strength training in particular – as a foundational part of our lives.  The research backs it up, too.  Training for strength is one of the most beneficial forms of exercise.  Recent studies have proven a link between muscle mass and lifespan and have shown that regular strength training can reduce the risk of heart disease by 80% or more.  In addition to improving your cardiovascular health and your longevity, strength training can have a dramatic impact on your mood.  We each can’t start our day without some form of workout, and we’re passionate about sharing the benefits of regular training to people who haven’t yet experienced these benefits firsthand.

At this stage in life for me and my cofounders, it’s not about the aesthetics of being fit, but rather about helping our members

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New spa, state-of-the-art gym and outdoor swimming pool planned for major health and fitness club near Edinburgh

One of the UK’s leading leisure groups is inviting locals to shape a new state of the art health and fitness club in Midlothian.

Tuesday, 20th October 2020, 4:45 pm

David Lloyd Leisure will allow members of the public to have their say in shaping the new facility if the council approve the application.
David Lloyd Leisure will allow members of the public to have their say in shaping the new facility if the council approve the application.

The plans hope to bring a range of premium family-focused health and leisure facilities to the the site between Edinburgh and Dalkeith.

The proposed facilities include a health and fitness club with three badminton-court sports hall, a large state of the art gym with several group-exercise studios for various uses such as group cycling, HIIT training and mind and body exercise.

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Both a permanent and a seasonal tennis court are suggested, as well as indoor and outdoor swimming pools, terrace and luxury indoor spa with spa garden.

The facility will include a health and fitness club with three badminton-court sports hall, a large state of the art gym with several group-exercise studios.

The plans also include a clubroom which aims to attract families, couples and individual users. An adults only business hub for flexible working, and a soft play and activity space for children are also suggested.

A Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) was submitted to Midlothian Council in September, highlighting the intent of the developer to lodge a planning application this year.

David Lloyd noted that if the plans are approved, there will be nearly 250 car parking spaces with EV charging points as well as covered cycle spaces and various landscaping features.

Sandy Smith, development director at Buccleuch Property, owners of Shawfair Park said: “As a long-term investor in Shawfair and Midlothian we are very pleased to be working with David Lloyd Leisure in bringing these proposals forward.

“David Lloyd Leisure’s family-focused offering will be a fantastic addition to Shawfair Park and a valuable amenity to local residents and businesses who will be able to play tennis, swim and lead a healthy life-style with-in easy reach of their front doors.”

Brendan Mitchell, group acquisitions manager for David Lloyd said: “We are delighted to be providing the local community with the opportunity to shape our proposals for this exciting new health, leisure and fitness club in Midlothian.

“Clearly these are difficult times, and we’re pleased to offer an exciting vision to help people maintain physical and

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National Study Reveals The Current Fitness Habits Of The American Gymgoer

BOSTON, Oct. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) released first-of-its kind data from a new national survey* of Americans with gym memberships that addresses their physical and mental state throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The full results from the study, which was conducted in collaboration with leading international insights company Kelton Global, a Material Company, are published in “The COVID Era Fitness Consumer” IHRSA report and delve into how Americans feel about the pandemic overall, what effects it has had on their overall health and fitness, how the virus has shaped their personal wellness outlooks, their overall comfort levels returning to the gym and more.

As gyms closed due to COVID-19 in March, members were forced to change up their routines. While some got creative with at-home workouts, others struggled to find a comparable fitness solution. The study overwhelmingly found that gymgoers look forward to returning to their gym — and at least one aspect of physically being in their gym (95 percent), plus the routines and sense of community they associate with it — as they push to reach their personal fitness goals. In fact, when asked what they missed most, the only thing Americans miss more than going to the gym (59 percent) is visiting their loved ones (65 percent) – more so than going to concerts or games (55 percent), bars or restaurants (51 percent) or even seeing movies in theaters (46 percent).

Not only do gym members feel positively about returning to the gym — many feel ready and motivated to do so – they look forward to enjoying the physical and mental benefits of working out at their gym again, from building strength and their immune system to releasing mood-boosting endorphins. Notably, exactly half (50 percent) of gym members express dissatisfaction with at-home fitness efforts and changes

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Orangetheory Fitness Aids Tampa Bay’s Hungry

TAMPA, FL — Orangetheory Fitness was proud to stand with Feeding Tampa Bay during Hunger Action Month in September.

“We know a lot of individuals have been hit especially hard during this pandemic” said owner Jim Potesta. “We are honored to have a partner like Feeding Tampa Bay to help raise funds and awareness.

“At Orangetheory, we believe in addressing the important issues that affect the health of millions throughout the Tampa Bay area,” Potesta said. “We know that more meals helps deliver better health for those in need. To date, we have raised $12,500 which in turn provides 125,000 meals to those who struggle with food insecurity.”

Launching in 2010, Orangetheory Fitness franchisees have opened more than 1,200 studios in 50 U.S. states and 22 countries.

As one of the nation’s top hunger relief organizations, Feeding Tampa Bay is ending hunger by fueling human potential in every family, child and senior across the 10-county region.

By leveraging the daily connection around a meal, the organization is evolving its partnerships, programs and services with a goal to break down barriers and create long-term health and capability in the lives of the individuals they serve.

In response to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, Feeding Tampa Bay has evolved its services by almost tripling its reach to serve the nearly 1.7 million facing increased need during the crisis. The nonprofit anticipates it will serve more than 100 million meals this year.

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Local Hero: Orangetheory Fitness Aids Tampa Bay’s Hungry

TAMPA, FL — Orangetheory Fitness was proud to stand with Feeding Tampa Bay during Hunger Action Month in September.

“We know a lot of individuals have been hit especially hard during this pandemic” said owner Jim Potesta. “We are honored to have a partner like Feeding Tampa Bay to help raise funds and awareness.

“At Orangetheory, we believe in addressing the important issues that affect the health of millions throughout the Tampa Bay area,” Potesta said. “We know that more meals helps deliver better health for those in need. To date, we have raised $12,500 which in turn provides 125,000 meals to those who struggle with food insecurity.”

Launching in 2010, Orangetheory Fitness franchisees have opened more than 1,200 studios in 50 U.S. states and 22 countries.

As one of the nation’s top hunger relief organizations, Feeding Tampa Bay is ending hunger by fueling human potential in every family, child and senior across the 10-county region.

By leveraging the daily connection around a meal, the organization is evolving its partnerships, programs and services with a goal to break down barriers and create long-term health and capability in the lives of the individuals they serve.

In response to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, Feeding Tampa Bay has evolved its services by almost tripling its reach to serve the nearly 1.7 million facing increased need during the crisis. The nonprofit anticipates it will serve more than 100 million meals this year.

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