ust because you’ve been made redundant, you shouldn’t have to give up your daily dose of endorphins. In fact, that living room HIIT class has never been more needed for those who’ve lost their jobs or homes from the fallout of Covid-19.
Thankfully, London’s top fitness heroes have come to the rescue, offering free workouts for frontline workers, job seekers and struggling artists amid lockdown 2.0.
From BLOK gym’s complimentary online membership for out-of-work creatives to Frame’s free hero hotline, these are the studios offering free fitness support for those who need it most.
BLOK fitness subscription
The platform offers more than 170 on-demand video classes, from yoga to HIIT to boxing to dance, with new content released every week. Each week, there are also 60 live classes.
Co-Founder and CEO of BLOK, Ed Stanbury says: “BLOKtv is more than just a temporary solution to lockdown – it’s an online community for creative thinkers who want to maintain a healthy mind and body. Community has always been at the heart of BLOK, and it’s our aim to provide a platform which both our instructors and creative communities can really feel part of.
“As we continue through the second lockdown, it feels like now more than ever we need to keep our community moving. We believe that fitness fuels creativity, allowing people to learn new skills, build strength, flexibility, and ultimately have fun. BLOK is not just about getting fitter, it should make you feel better in every part of your life.”
To keep the nation fit during these cold days and dark evenings, leading gym chain PureGym has made its previously paid-for workout app – normally £19.99 a month – free for everyone throughout lockdown 2.0.
It features over 400 different workouts of various levels, classes and advice to help anyone maintain both physical and mental health during this second lockdown. Just download the PureGym app from the Apple App Store or Google Play to get started.
Stephen Rowe, Chief Marketing Officer of PureGym, says: “As the days shorten and the weather turns, exercising outdoors isn’t feasible for the majority of people. Therefore, we have made the decision to make the PureGym app and the hundreds of workouts available on the platform free, to help as many people as we can, whether you go to PureGym, to another gym or no gym at all, this app is now for everyone and we hope it’ll help people to keep fit throughout November and beyond”.
Adults who participate in daily physical activity are 20 to 30 per cent less likely to experience depression so fizzy fitness chain Frame has introduced a hero hotline to offer its daily dose of endorphins for
My name is Kyleigh Osterloh (@kyleighlosesit), and I’m 26 years old. I’m from Gladbrook, Iowa, and I work as a customer service representative. I began to feel like my weight was holding me back, so I started counting macros and strength training to lose weight.
Growing up, I was always overweight and the “bigger” girl in my friend group. As I got older, my weight kept going up. I found myself drinking and eating my emotions instead of taking action to make a change. I kept partying, going out to eat, and driving through fast food places. I would start a diet that would last a week if I was lucky, then I was right back to my normal habits.
I tried every single diet/pill/shake out there and nothing worked for me. I needed to take control of my life and my health. I was 24 years old and it was getting hard to even go on walks. I was also starting to get bad knees that would dislocate when I would move the wrong way on them. I was sick of feeling stuck in my body. At my heaviest, I weighed 350 pounds.
In November 2018, I decided I didn’t want to live that way anymore, and I started my weight loss journey.
I knew I needed something that was going to work for me long term. I knew I really needed to research my options. I had a few friends who had luck with macro-counting and talked with them about it.
I found a trainer, Maddie Oakey, who does custom macro assessments and one-on-one training through the Strong Daily app. She was able to help me start counting macros and guide me in the gym. I have continued my work with her during my journey. As soon as I signed up with my trainer I knew exercise was going to also play a big role in getting my life on the right track.
The gym scared me so much. The thought of putting myself out there had me sitting in my car giving myself a pep talk to just walk in. Working with a trainer helped me overcome these fears.
Right now, I typically exercise five to six times a week.
My routine consists of about five days at the gym lifting, with an active cardio day and a rest day every week too.
Lifting is one of those things that initially made me think I would not lose weight because I’d be building muscle, but I was wrong. I really love lifting weights and pushing myself to lift even heavier. All of my love of lifting allowed me to compete in my first fitness competition, Summer Shredding Classic, which I just completed recently!
Here’s what I eat in a day.
Breakfast: Egg whites, fat-free cheese, and toast.
Lunch: Air-fried chicken breast with sugar-free BBQ sauce and cottage cheese.
Snacks: Smoothies, pretzels, protein bars, or SkinnyPop popcorn.
Dinner: A lean beef or turkey
Tom Boyden, one half of the YouTube fitness channel Juji & Tom, has been on a body transformation journey this year, having lost 37 pounds over the summer. In a new video, Tom breaks down some of the changes he made to his lifestyle in order to aid his weight loss and improve his performance in his workouts.
“If you look at the timeline, I progressively went from 197 pounds in February… then 190 in May,” he says. “And then I just reduced my calories, and slowly started upping my activity. So from May to now, about five months. The vast majority of it has happened in five months. I just had a vast layer of fat over a bunch of nice powerlifting muscles.”
Paying closer attention to nutrition has been the one change that’s had the single biggest impact, Tom explains. “I train all the time, and I work out, but it doesn’t matter if your diet is shit,” he says, adding that he has been finding lower sugar and calorie alternatives to his favorite foods, and reducing his fat intake. He has also been cooking more after falling out of the habit.
In addition to his diet, Tom changed the focus of his exercise, so that he was primarily doing strength training and aesthetic-led bodybuilding workouts. “It’s not that I didn’t train hard over the last two years, but we trained hard over a three-hour workout period,” he says. “Now, the main thing is training, diet, and overall activity, and just what we do in a day.”
“I do faster cardio every morning, walking after meals, just walking in general, riding my bike, trampoline, skateboarding, just all kinds of things,” he continues. “If I’m not active during the day, I’m like ‘what’s going on, why didn’t I go for a walk?’ And I’ll just go stretch, or do some mobility in the garage.”
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In the video, Tom also shares how he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease as a teenager, recalling how a serious flare-up with his illness this year led to him being hospitalized. But after recovering, he’s back on his fitness routine. He also credits a variety of other semi-related lifestyle changes with having had a positive impact on maintaining his weight loss, including less stress and travel, which have helped him maintain a good sleep schedule and ensure he has the required levels of energy for his workouts.
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Democrats and Republicans alike can agree on one thing: prescription drug prices are unacceptably high. Predictably, however, we cannot seem to agree on a proper solution to this urgent issue.
The Trump administration has, thankfully, kickstarted efforts and approved record numbers of generic drugs while simultaneously lowering overall prescription drug prices by 13 percent. It is our responsibility in Congress to keep this momentum going and establish permanent fixes to the current pharmaceutical pricing standards. Despite the efforts of Republicans to make bipartisan progress to reform the prescription drug standards, our Democrat colleagues refuse to collaborate.
Unfortunately, the so-called “solutions” my Democrat colleagues have presented are inadequate and misguided. Their primary proposal, H.R. 3, The Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, is not only an egregious government overreach, but would negatively affect seniors by expanding entitlements and disregarding the Medicare trust fund. This could risk the ultimate failure of the entire program and almost certainly increase out-of-pocket costs for our seniors.
Perhaps most concerningly, it would strangle innovation among the pharmaceutical industry and therefore prevent potential cures. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) predicts that H.R. 3 would likely result in 38 fewer cures over the next 20 years. For an American waiting for a cure to save their life, this is unacceptable.
That is why the Republicans presented H.R.19, the Lower Cost, More Cures Act, a common-sense and inclusive drug pricing proposal. H.R. 19 sought to incentivize competition in the market to drive prices down and expand market access for more generic and biosimilar drugs. Despite the fact that each of the individual provisions included within H.R.19 were originally bipartisan bills, this legislation has not been spared the classic politicization of Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBrown says Biden’s first moves as president should be COVID relief, voting rights Sunday shows – Spotlight shifts to positive tests among Pence aides Pelosi dismisses talk of White House compromise on stimulus: They ‘keep moving the goal post’ MORE (D-Calif.) and has failed to receive proper consideration on the House floor.
Specifically, this legislation contained more than 40 bipartisan provisions that would have been able to go to the president’s desk immediately to be signed into law and help our families. For drug pricing, it provided language for increased pricing transparency, public disclosure of drug discounts, a study of pharmaceutical supply chain intermediaries and merger activity and makes prescription drug marketing sample information reports available to individuals.
With over 3.5 million of my fellow Floridians enrolled in some form of Medicare prescription drug coverage, these issues have always been a top priority. For Medicare Part B, H.R. 19 would have provided increased pricing transparency by expanding a Medicare online tool to allow beneficiaries to compare costs. Additionally, the legislation would have also created maximum add-on payments for certain drugs and biologicals to help reduce out-of-pocket costs.
My constituents and countless Americans who depend on life-saving prescriptions everyday deserve better than the inadequate solutions that my Democrat colleagues have presented. While I was