This autumn we teamed up with local personal trainer Andy Perkins to deliver a free four-week gym programme to members of the University of the Third Age (U3A).
The sessions took place at the outdoor gym at Saumarez Park, which was funded by Bowel Cancer Guernsey. It was hoped that these sessions would increase the member’s confidence in using the equipment.
At each session Andy talked through the various types of equipment, explaining how the exercises could be tailored to accommodate different injuries or niggles.
Speaking of the session, Andy Perkins comments: ‘The outdoor sessions with the U3A were a great success and well attended. All of the participants were keen to take part and learn how to make the most of the equipment.’
Members of the U3A have gained much enjoyment from using the equipment and have even decided to continue meeting up as a group on a weekly basis, starting in the spring.
Pat Child, a member of the U3A, says: ‘I think the exercise sessions were a huge success. Andy was a really encouraging tutor who the group felt very comfortable working with. We would like to thank Andy and Bowel Cancer Guernsey for their support in kick-starting this initiative.’
‘Research has suggested that those who lead inactive or sedentary lifestyles are at an increased risk of bowel cancer, so it is important to incorporate regular exercise into your routine. Sessions like these are essential in raising awareness of the facilities available to islanders.’ says Anne Brouard, from Bowel Cancer Guernsey.
Andy Perkins, concludes: ‘It was very satisfying to see the improvement in the participants’ fitness levels following the structured fitness sessions.’
The outdoor gym is free to use 365 days a year and instructions are provided at each piece of equipment.