Could you consider a gym/fitness Course for those totally
unfit but who would like to become fit & Healthier? I
know you do an Adult Gym Class but you have to have a certain
fitness level to start. A few mums have talked about the fact
we are total beginners! Maybe start it as more body conditioning?
(Michelle H-Kendall & Maria Duckham)
ANSWER by Mike:
Thanks ladies you are quite right and it has been a planning
idea for a number of years, but four factors that make it
difficult, space, time, staffing and commitment of those taking
part that will sustain such an activity.
Space & Time:
1. All areas in the gym are virtually used to full capacity
form 9.00am to 10.00pm daily.
2. You may however be aware that we have just got planning
permission to convert the ‘Bike Shed’ into a fitness
warm up room and the original intention was that it might
be used by waiting parents, which would help solve the space
3. However the project needs funding which takes time and
energy by people dedicated to a cause (are you that type of
4. The Trustees are currently striving to get a match funding
loan on the premises to raise the £200,000.00 probably
required for this project.
5. It will of course take time raise this kind of funding
and shortly everyone will be invited to be part of the workforce
to drive this project.
Staffing & Commitment:
1. Teaching & coaching gymnastics to children & young
people are one thing but for adults with specific personal
issues is another. It would require almost a one to one, personal
fitness instructor concept and these as you might know are
costly projects and would have to be supported by the individuals
requiring the service. All coaches in the gym are qualified
to the requirement of their input to children and supervised
by the required level of coach overall; they are not really
trained to take adults who are unfit.
2. Our current solution offered, as you point out is adult
gym for which you do not have to have prior experience but
you do require a level of fitness to make any progress. However
please be advised that we do also offer Adult Cheer sessions,
Pilates and starting on 24th February Zumba Dancing; all will
improve basic fitness levels and are really good fun.
3. Like with all fitness activities there does have to be
a commitment and sustainability of any service by the provider
and the recipient. Some times adults’ activities seem
a good idea at the time but then it is found that it is not
practical or feasible to sustain despite the desire to do
it. Passion cannot always answer the problems confronting
the family mum!