Everyone Active has launched a new exercise studio concept, designed to tackle health inequalities in local communities. The first Active Wellbeing Suite opened in Middlesbrough this month and will support active ageing initiatives and other exercise-based programmes aimed at dealing with long-term conditions.
Developed in conjunction with power-assisted fitness equipment specialist, Innerva, the new facility at Middlesbrough’s Neptune Centre utilises Innerva’s machines to empower individuals to improve their fitness and strength in a supportive and social environment.
The Active Wellbeing Suite comprises a circuit of 10, fully-accessible machines, each targeting a specific muscle group. The power assistance nature of the equipment means users don’t have to rely solely on their muscles to complete the exercises and can determine how much assistance they need and reduce this as their fitness and strength improves.
A circuit is typically completed in 30 to 40 minutes and Everyone Active has introduced a dedicated membership for the new suite. Members can take part in guided sessions hosted by a member of staff or use their facility for their own training.
Designed to be inclusive, the facility can be used by anyone, regardless of mobility issues or fitness level. It caters for a wide range of needs and conditions, including mobility limitations, obesity, high blood pressure, back pain and joint problems. Individuals with various health conditions such as strokes, MS, ME, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s, cerebral palsy, fibromyalgia, arthritis and more can also benefit from the suite.
The studio will also help foster a sense of community and emotional wellbeing by providing a welcoming space for individuals to connect, make friends and enjoy a supportive environment.
Everyone Active is working with local health partners to establish regular use of the suite with key user groups. The facility management company has secured funding to refer patients who are waiting for planned care – such as knee and hip replacements – into the Active Wellbeing Suite, and is working with the Public Health England Specialist Activity Team to set up regular bookings for those with Parkinson’s, MS, neurodivergence and other long-term conditions.
Teesside Ability Support Group, which provides a day service for adults with physical disability and other health conditions, will also have regular sessions in the suite to support its clients.
Rebecca Phillips, Everyone Active’s Strategic Lead for Health and Wellbeing, said: “We’re extremely proud to launch this Active Wellbeing site. Our aim is to help people of all ages, including those with long-term health conditions to be active, in line with our Community Health and Wellbeing Strategy, which provides the cornerstone for everything we do.”