17 November 2020

A mother and child doing a yoga pose on the floor of a living room, with a sofa visible in the background.

Fusion Lifestyle is keeping South Hams and West Devon residents active throughout the second set of national restrictions with a choice of classes now available on YouTube.

South Hams District and West Devon Borough Councils have supported Fusion Lifestyle, the charity that runs many of our local leisure centres, throughout the pandemic to ensure local people can continue to enjoy vital access to fitness facilities. Staying active plays an important role in physical and mental wellbeing.

With the second national restrictions in force, all sports centres have had to close. However, the Fusion team have now launched a range of live and on-demand classes to make it easier for members and all local people to stay active. Classes are led by the experienced Fusion fitness instructors and are suitable for all ages and abilities.

For those missing their regular sessions or looking to try something new, the team will be live streaming classes through Fusion's YouTube channel. These live classes can be accessed by all residents with no charge. If you cannot make the exact times for the live classes, they will be saved on the YouTube channel and also uploaded to Fusion At Home for Fusion members to use at any time.

Fusion membership charges have been frozen for one month for all Fusion members. Members will also continue to be able to access Les Mills online sessions until the end of December 2020.

Cllr Jonathan Hawkins, South Hams District Council's Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: "Staying active is crucial for our health and wellbeing. I am delighted that the team at Fusion are here to help local people to keep moving. The range of different classes available means there is something for everyone, whether you are looking to improve posture, need a gentle chair-based class or want to really work up a sweat."

Cllr Tony Leech, West Devon Borough Council's Lead Member for Wellbeing, said: "I am delighted that these at-home sessions have been made available for local people. Most of the classes need no equipment, so you really can just turn-on to turn-up and have a go. I hope existing Fusion members will make the most of what is on offer and that many more local people will take the chance to get moving with the support of the Fusion team."

Anthony Cawley, Director of Operations at Fusion Lifestyle, said: "There has never been a more important time to look after the health and wellbeing of our communities and we want to make sure our members and local residents have the opportunity to benefit from our expert led classes while our centres are closed.  The offers and additional activities we are supplying to our members will help them keep active both physically and mentally."

The classes available include:

Pilates for All 

This is a mat work-based class designed to increase core stability, strength, flexibility. It will improve mental focus and reduce stress. Pilates for all is for everyone to work within their own fitness levels, taking options to increase or decrease the workout as required. 

Equipment needed: a mat if you have one, if not grab a towel

Yoga for All 

Yoga for all is for everyone from beginner to the experienced yoga participant. Through simple movements and postures, this class focuses on boosting physical and mental wellbeing whilst promoting an increase in strength, flexibility and balance.

Equipment needed: a mat if you have one, if not grab a towel

AEROTONE 

A mixed impact aerobic workout, fun and easy follow. Aerotone gives you a cardio workout with strength and conditioning, offering two workouts in one. 

Equipment needed: a mat if you have one, if not grab a towel and light weights or a resistance band

HITT (High Intensity Interval Training)

A High intensity interval training-based class. A challenging workout, designed to improve your aerobic capacity, metabolism and cardio endurance. HIIT workouts alternate between high intense bursts and periods of less intense activity or rest. 

Equipment needed: a mat if you have one, if not grab a towel or two as this will get sweaty!

Pump workout 

A non- impact strength and endurance class. Easy to follow with simple but effective exercises. Pump classes are a great way to burn calories and get fast results. Beginners and experienced participants enjoy a pump workout, as the participant determines the intensity with their own weight selection. 

Equipment needed: a mat if you have one, if not grab a towel and ideally a bar with weights or dumbbells

Combat Workout 

A martial arts-based workout, with moves and stances from various martial arts. Suitable for all, enjoy the empowering experience and learn the basic moves. Easy to follow offering a great different cardio experience. 

Equipment needed: a mat if you have one, if not grab a towel

Zumba Gold 

A gentle aerobics class with Latin and international music. Salsa and Flamenco styles of movement at a slower pace for beginners and mature movers. 

Equipment needed: None

Mature Stretch 

A gentle stretch class for mature movers or those just returning to exercise. Mature stretch aims to enhance posture, increase mobility, flexibility and improve our general feeling of wellbeing. 

Equipment needed: a mat if you have one, if not grab a towel. A yoga strap if available and a hand towel

Movement4Life

This focuses on evidence-based programming for people with specific medical conditions. A gentle low impact program of light cardiovascular work, functional strength and mobility. (There will be chair based options available). 

Equipment needed: No equipment needed unless you may need to take chair-based options, you will need a chair

Gentle Postural Pilates 

A very gentle Pilates class for beginners to help with posture, alignment and core stability using Pilates based methods.

You will need a mat if you have one, if not grab a towel. 

To access the classes, all you need to do is subscribe to Fusion's YouTube channel.

Alternatively, members can log into their Fusion at Home account.